Victoria SL in the T-Elle boutique. Photo by Luke Best.

Victoria SL took over the shop on April 1 and has been learning from Vu ever since. The store has been renamed “T-Elle Boutique by VSL”.

“I’ve always been interested in owning a business and it seemed like a really exciting opportunity,” SL said.

Although she has never owned a retail store, SL has plenty of experience in hard work.

With a PhD in linguistics, SL ran an English language academy in Taiwan, then moved to Canada and has been a teacher at Trent University since 2014. She is also a certified Zumba instructor.

“I like doing all kinds of things, it’s an experience,” SL said. “If you have the ability to do it, do it.”

She hopes her takeover of T-She might inspire others to do what they’ve been thinking about doing.

The decision to take over came quickly, she says. While visiting the shop during its closing sale with a friend, Vu asked her if she wanted to take over randomly.

“I believe in divine timing, everything has its own time,” SL said. “I’ve always been fascinated by fashion and thought it might be something to develop. It’s just an amazing opportunity for me. I don’t feel pressure, just excitement.

Now, weeks after owning the business, Vu is showing SL the ropes before she’s gone for good.

“I feel free,” Vu said.

Vu notes that she’s happy SL is taking over and that Peterborough will still have a place to shop for outfits for their special occasions.

SL says she plans to continue the store as Vu had it, but maybe in the future she’ll start bringing in more of her own style.

The shop will be open Tuesday to Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Appointments can also be made by calling (705) 742-7778.

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