Clothing boutique Collected Works closes in Ann Arbor after 44 years

ANN ARBOR, me. – The owners of Collected Works in the Kerrytown neighborhood will be closing their shop after the upcoming holiday season.

Irene Patalan and her husband, Rich Thompson, opened the women’s boutique in 1977. In an email, the pair said the store’s closing schedule was flexible but they would not be ordering spring or summer items.

“Our customers grew up with us. We dressed a woman for her wedding in the 1980s and her daughter in the 2010s. Our customers have shared so much with us; We are a meeting place for women. Over the years, the friendships we have made with our dear customers have been the icing on the cake. These relationships have turned Collected Works into a salon. We don’t just sell clothes, ”they said.

For 44 years, business has moved downtown Ann Arbor. It started at 303 E. Liberty St., walked a few doors down the block, briefly to the State and Liberty area, and then to the 300 block on Main Street. 20 years ago, Collected Works finally moved to its current location at 303 Detroit St., in the Market Place building.

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Patalan and Thompson called their shop “a fun, exhilarating love affair,” adding that they were humiliated by decades of community support.

That support was particularly valued during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the two said. They attributed the boutique’s survival to their clientele, noting that customers stayed connected to Collected Works through weekly YouTube videos.

“After 44 years it is an absolute love affair, but it is time for Irene to retire. Their three children grew up at Collected Works; she has often told them that Collected Works was the firstborn. Now her six grandchildren are calling her. And her husband too, ”the statement said.

Currently, Collected Works is open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Wednesdays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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