In an original, brand-new boutique on the farthest side of the Colonnade, Amy Bos-Fox found her divine middle ground.
The Lemon Tree is a space where her extensive list of passions and expertise — ranging from antique dealing, interior design and merchandising, to gerontology and most importantly, good old-fashioned, one- on-one conversation — can come together as one, all with a splash of color and a hint of southern hospitality.
The boutique, which sells a range of items from home decor to pet accessories, will open sometime this weekend, Bos-Fox said.
While it is a new addition to the grounds, Bos-Fox knows these streets like the back of her hand.
“I was cultured here from the age of seven,” she said. “It’s a very comfortable place for me in the sense that it always feels like coming home. It’s part of who I am. When you’ve been raised here that long and come here for that many years, you become part of the fiber, and if you are lucky, it becomes part of yours, too.”
A year ago, Bos-Fox wrote a letter to the Institution with an interest in opening a business, should the space become available. Once it did, she began to work toward her goal of creating a place on the grounds that fills in the gaps for visitors and residents alike.
“In this, I wanted to find a way to give back, to supply what people here need or want, but can’t always seem to find,” she said. “I want people to know this place has something for everyone at all price points. I have art, items for gifts to take back home, pieces to pump up porches, necessities for the cat and dog owners and so, so much more.”
As The Lemon Tree makes its entrance, Bos-Fox encourages visitors to come in for what they need, gather inspiration to take with them and if possible, set aside an extra five minutes for a conversation. “I love the idea of scaling it down to have something more intimate,” she said.
I want people to know this place has something for everyone at all price points. I have art, items for gifts to take back home, pieces to pump up porches, necessities for the cat and dog owners and so, so much more.”
—Amy Bos-Fox, Owner
“I love people. I love hearing their stories about Chautauqua and they love hearing mine. I just believe I can learn from anyone, so I love spending the time I have here learning the story and the history of people. Even better, I am able to apply that information, that information from somebody sharing even a little bit about their life and use it to somehow tweak and enhance my abilities to help them or anyone else who may need it.”