Cricket - 40 Wine St
Nestled on 40 Wine St., in a tall brick building, is the cozy women’s boutique, Cricket. They opened their doors in 2006 thanks to the motivation of owner and Hampton local, Kitty Favre.
Kitty greets all her customers with a radiant smile and sparkle in her eyes. She knows a great deal of her customers by name; most of them she’s formed friendships with through the years. She says they’re the best part of her job.
“My customers always come first. I want to provide a friendly environment and excellent customer service,” Kitty said. “I want to see more faces, meet more people!”
In the center of the shop is home décor items such as candles, pictures frames, vases, and other decorations according to the time of the year. Right now, that’s things like angels, snowmen platters, small nativity scenes, and ornaments. Displayed in the corners of the store are clothes, purses, jewelry, artwork, and other trinkets. They carry a blend of clothing for every occasion; from comfortable, to casual, to chic.
One customer walked into the store, and after being greeted by Kitty, turned to another customer and said, “This is the best place to come to find a gift. I just love it here!”
Kitty wanted to give Downtown Hampton a one-stop shop- something no other store provides. In the store, you can find sea-themed gifts, inspired by her coastal living; or pineapple decorations, influenced by her work as a buyer for Colonial Williamsburg. Even gifts that resemble greenery and nature from her experience as a buyer for the McDonald Garden Center.
“I have unique merchandise, I know there is something in here for everybody,” Kitty said.
As for the unique name, Kitty named it in tribute to her mother who passed shortly before the store opening.
“My mom was a big fan of crickets, she never let us kill one,” Kitty said. “We had a cricket box in our living room when I was growing up.”
Shopping at Cricket, you’ll certainly have luck finding something special for any occasion. After all, crickets are known to be good luck
By: Kamryn Comer