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After serious car crash put 10-year party on hold, Pretty Parlor ready to celebrate

Anna Banana is glamming up the Hill this Saturday with the eleventh anniversary of the Pretty Parlor. Self-described as the place “where Audrey Hepburn meets Judy Jetson,” Pretty Parlor has been outfitting Capitol Hillers since 2001. So, why make a big deal about an eleventh anniversary?

Last year’s ten-year anniversary celebration was unexpectedly cancelled when owner Banana ended up in the hospital after a serious head-on collision on her way to pick up party supplies. She has since recovered, is back to bouncing around the shop, and is excited to throw the party she originally planned and then some.

“It’s my vision to create the ultimate Breakfast at Tiffany’s/Barbarella/ Warhol–esque Parlor Party,” Banana writes about Saturday’s celebration. “We’re showcasing a tantalizing and titillating tsunami of talent to create the illusion and ambiance for this ultimate Parlor soiree.”

A store that prides itself in buying only the highest quality vintage clothing and hand tailoring pieces to the modern form, the Pretty Parlor has built a desirable niche in a somewhat saturated Capitol Hill second-hand market. It sells a combination of carefully selected vintage garments, new dresses and accessories, and hand-made clothing from local designers. They have also expanded into an on-line market with their very own, and very successful, Etsy store. Clothing for women and men, a velvet couch for lounging, and a shop cat named Vincent — all that and a second chance at a big celebration.

It will be an evening of entertainment including a DJ and live music in the store’s front window, a runway fashion show, and Aerialist Tanya BRNO swinging from the chandelier – just to name a few. The party promises “special guest performances, door prizes, dancing & delights”. Doors open at 8:00 PM.

Pretty Parlor is at 119 Summit Ave E. Learn more at

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Ryan in the sky
8 years ago

Does anyone recall what was in this space before Pretty?

8 years ago

I really want to buy things from this place but they have cats. Cats that hang out there all day in the windows and under the clothing racks.

Having pets in hardware stores are cute and kitschy but not clothing shops.

8 years ago

Yes. Years ago, there was a second-hand, antique shop (I still have a pair of salt/pepper shakers I purchased there) and after they shut down, I believe there was an architect or business-type firm in there for a brief stint. Pretty Parlor has been there longer than most all of her predecessors (and I love her cat!).


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