Tres Chic is a small gift, collectible and apparel shop on West State Street across from Mu Thai Restaurant. There is a definite Audrey Hepburn “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” vibe – from the lighted Eiffel Tower in the front window to the black lace umbrellas hanging from the ceiling.
Owner Marian Lily opened the store in May 2018, choosing the Parisienne theme because she “always wanted to go to Paris.”
She chose Redlands for her business because, “Redlands is a quaint town, with lots of activities. I just love Redlands.”
Her customers like the ample parking, both in front and in a lot beside the building.
Prior to becoming a store owner, she was a Realtor adept at staging houses for maximum sale-ability. Her husband was an architect and asked Marian to decorate the lobbies of the buildings he built. To accomplish that, she learned floral design.
Her floral artistry can be seen upon entering the shop. Blooms in bird-cages hang from the ceiling; tall glass vases and baskets of flowers are seen throughout her showroom.
The apparel in Tres Chic is mostly for women -- skirts, blouses, dresses (both street length and formals), sweaters, denim and corduroy jackets, scarves, handbags and clutches. Much of the clothing is made from natural material, such as cotton, linen and wool. A selection of ladies’ designer hats is on display. Her order of “Kentucky Derby style” hats will be arriving in early November, just in time for the holidays. One can also find knit caps with lots of bling – perfect for the Orange Drop New Year’s Eve party on East State Street.
One corner of the boutique is dedicated to children’s clothing (sizes newborn to 2), books, nursery décor and “piggy” banks of all animal varieties as well as cupcake and flower banks. She currently has a 50 percent off sale on everything in the children’s section to make room for the aforementioned “Derby” hats.
Marian is single-minded in her quest for quality and attends many vendor showcases around the country.
In doing so, she speaks directly with the designers and manufacturers as well as examining the items to ensure they are up to her exacting standards. She finds her customers want unique clothing and accessories, so she usually purchases only one of any particular garment. In that way, there is little danger of showing up to an event and finding another person wearing the same dress or hat.
Collectibles abound at Tres Chic. There are teapots, cups, porcelain, antique glass and jewelry. On request, she will create a floral arrangement to be displayed in the piece. Again, Marian markets only one of each objet d’art.
Marian offers personal shopping service. Many customers come to her with a specific type of item in mind – for example a particular style, color, function of clothing or collectible. Being acquainted with many vendors allows her to zero in on the exact article each customer desires.
Tres Chic also showcases items made by local artists. Hand-made greeting cards, hand-knit or crocheted baby blankets and beanies, and Soap du Jour (in keeping with the Parisienne theme) soaps are available for purchase.
Marian’s mantra, “For personal service, come to Tres Chic.”