By Linn Rice
Published: Thursday March 27, 2008
Independent designer Amy Dalrymple Murphy plans an April 9 grand opening of her retail outlet, AmyD, inside Java Central, 20 S. State St. The shop will feature clothing Murphy designs and produces by hand, including skirts, aprons and shirts.
Murphy said her clothing is designed for the "hip at heart."
"I see my work as the clothing of choice for flirty, alternative librarians," Murphy laughed. "Comfort is very important to me, but the clothes also have to be flattering -- it's kind of a cross between clothes you could wear to a PTA meeting, as well as to some cool function in the Short North."
A resident of Lewis Center, Murphy said she was drawn to the friendly atmosphere and bustle of Uptown Westerville. As the mother of three children, she said she decided it would be better for her to rent space in a spot Uptown rather than take on the task of opening an entirely new store.
"I feel so lucky because (Java Central) is a small, family-owned business, and it's a great opportunity for me, as I can't be there all the time because of the kids," Murphy said. "I love the Uptown area; it's always busy up there and lively."
Murphy said she has been making clothing since she was young. After she was required to make an apron for a sewing project in the eighth grade, Murphy said, she was hooked.
She described her clothing as both trendy and environmentally friendly. Items include skirts made out of recycled, vintage concert T-shirts and reusable "coffee sleeves" (textiles used to hold a hot cup of coffee) made out of Ecospun felt. Murphy said Ecospun products come from a blend of high-quality polyester and recycled plastic soda bottles.
"The fabrics are colorful and comfortable, not scratchy or stiff, and many of the materials are recycled," Murphy said. "I'm a mom, so I have to be able to climb the monkey bars in what I wear, but they all also have some sort of cool motif."
She said that she will begin moving her wares into Java Central at the end of March. A grand opening will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 5. The opening will include small door prizes for patrons, such as wristbands and coffee sleeves.
After the opening, regular business hours will be the same as those of Java Central: 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, 7:30-7:30 on Saturdays, and 10-5 on Sundays.
Items designed and produced by Murphy can be viewed on the Web at www.madebyamyd.com.
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