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September 27, 2012

This unique boutique sells furniture -- and fights domestic violence

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In addition to furniture, the couple is selling clothing such as shoes, club wear and lingerie designed to make women feel empowered.

“We want to make women feel beautiful both inside and out,” Crosier said.

The couple said they designed the store based on boutiques that can be found on Newbury Street in Boston.

“What we are shooting for here is a Boston boutique at Haverhill prices,” Crosier said.

Crosier made up the word “cutiques” to describe the antiques that have been transformed into furniture and accessories that can be used in a new generation.

“We don’t sell used furniture,” Crosier said. “We sell new pieces that have been designed for our specific customers.”

Crosier showed an example of a gun cabinet which he picked up at a yard sale for $10. After the couple reconditioned it in their own style, it was turned into a jewelry cabinet. The cabinet, like many pieces in the store, is painted purple — the color that represents the fight against domestic violence.

“We’re just regular business people,” Crosier said. “We just believe that since it (domestic violence) really affects us this much and we have the opportunity by having a business and growing a business, that we can help other people and ultimately open up our own shelter.’’

Cloie’s Place will host a fundraiser on Sept. 30 put on by Girls Inc. of Greater Haverhill and Greater Haverhill’s League of Women’s voters. At the event, for $15 girls will get to sample designer clothes.

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