AUDREY CAYLOR

Occupation: Owner, Caylor Creek consignment store and The Boutique on the downtown square

Hometown: The Woodlands

Age: 37

Personal: Husband, Justin; three sons, two aged 18 and one 16 (Logan) who attends Glen Rose High School

Contributions to Glen Rose: A force for continued development of the downtown square, Caylor organized the Girls’ Night Out event and has spearheaded many other downtown events.

Last Saturday morning Audrey Caylor took a visitor on a tour of the former Palace Theatre she has just finished converting into an extension of her successful Caylor Creek retail business.

 After the city government last month decided not to purchase the building, Caylor stepped in and bought it from owner Tim Cecil for $238,000. She and Beth Morrison, manager of The Boutique, and other employees worked late all last week moving the contents of that store down the street into the Palace Theatre space.

One day they worked until 3 a.m.  opening the wall between Caylor Creek and the old theater to link the two stores. Now the spaces flow together.

“So much of the community came out and volunteered to help,” Caylor said. She saw someone sweeping the floor in The Boutique's former space. It turned out to be City Councilman Chris Bryant. Another person brought them carts for moving items.

Caylor has transformed the inside the Palace into a theater of fashion, color and design. She had the walls painted scarlet and she herself painted a black motif of a Moulin Rouge dancer on one wall.

The foyer now sports black walls and a classy black and gold carpet that looks like it came out of a grand movie palace. She plans to hang framed photographs of the old Palace Theatre in the entry way and place other theatrical memorabilia around the interior.

The former stage holds shelves and boxes of shoes. Caylor said she's ordered theatrical curtains to frame the space.

Upstairs, Caylor has turned a small room into a dreamland for selling little girls' clothes, with multi-colored netting, artistically draped and stapled to the ceiling, and bright pink and lime green walls. The landing at the top of the stairs is a corner for Glen Rose Tiger attire. Caylor also has a “sale room” upstairs.

The shop sells a wide range of items, including jewelry, cocktail dresses, handbags and purses, shirts and blouses, jeans, shoes and boots, plus sizes, jackets, baby items, and bath, body and home fragrances.? Still to come is a men's department that will carry Fossil brand watches, Lucky Brand jeans and other apparel, and Reef brand flipflops.

Caylor was determined to support Glen Rose merchants and purchased everything for the renovation locally. The carpet came from Somervell Floors, the paint came from Cecil and from Higgonbotham's and the fabric in the little girls' room was purchased at Spare Time.

“We have not left town” to renovate the space, Caylor said.

After three years of doing business on the square, Caylor added she decided it was time to buy her buildings of operation. “My goal definitely is to be here long-term,” she added.

Her artistic flair seems to come naturally, but Caylor majored in business administration and minored in art at Midwestern University in Wichita Falls. She and her husband, Justin, previously lived in Graham where they had an oil and gas services business that now also operates in Glen Rose. Caylor owned shops downtown in Graham as well, including a florist, candy store, antique store and gift shop.

“I'm a glutton for punishment, I guess,” she said with a laugh. “But I just love having a mix of different kinds of retail downtown.”

She said she loves to go “junking” in a search for unusual, eclectic items. She, her mother and her grandmother all quilt. She's seen how quilters will travel to visit quilt shops and she wants to help make Glen Rose a retail destination.

She said she welcomes Lisa Andersen's new consignment and new clothing shop, Soul to Soul, across the street.

“When a square has two or more of the same or similar shops, people will come here to shop,” Caylor commented. “My attitude about downtown space is that people who come here want to make a day of it. If there are a whole bunch of shops, that's going to attract more people.”?    The Boutique is now open for business in its new theatrical space. Chances are you'll spot Caylor behind the counter there or next door at the consignment shop. She's the one wearing an artful outfit and a big smile.

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