A Local Diamond in the Rough

Hidden in one of Spokane’s many nooks and crannies is a little local owned boutique filled with fancy dresses, unique jewelry, and hats galore.

Deena Caruso is the owner of Finders Keepers located on Main St. Opening a boutique is not something new to Caruso who opened her first jewelry  store 15 years ago. Following the success of her first endeavour Caruso opened Finders Keeper, a designer dress boutique six years ago.

“I had a vintage clothing store that was full and saw the need for a good clothing store in Spokane so I decided to go for it,” Caruso said, “It’s a designer dress shop that specializes in dresses for occasions, we carry things that are very unique and different”.

Finders Keepers is full of options for anyone at any age looking to stand out at an occasion. Racks are covered with 20’s and 40’s inspired dresses, glamorous sequin gowns, and modern apparel. Merchandise is only stocked in 2 or 3 sizes to insure that customers are buying something unique, and although plus sizes can not be found off the rack they are available by order.

The boutique will also provide a tracking service if a customer states what event they are going to. The store staff will track what dress is being worn where to make sure that no sales of the same item are made to customers going to the same event.

“We do tracking so that no one has a who wore it better look,” Caruso said.

As the seasons change so does the merchandise Finders Keepers offers. Wedding gowns are offered throughout the summers wedding season, graduation dresses are offered towards the end of the school year, and prom  dresses are pulled out for the prom season as well so that customers can have options at all times of the year.

Finders Keepers also offers beautiful accessories made by Deena Caruso, who is a nationally recognized jewelry designer. Caruso’s line offers delicate jewelry, headbands, hair pins, and flowers are set in displays throughout the boutique. D Caruso accessories have been seen on celebrities like Whitney Port and they have been featured in O Magazine, and many other publications nation wide. Vintage jewelary and memorable adornments are also offered in Finders Keepers and its sister store Jewelary Galore.

“Once you visit our stores you will never find any thing like it,” Caruso said, “Especially the jewelry that comes from every era, they are unique one of a kind show stopper”.

Caruso is also passionate about giving back to the community. Caruso gives approximately 30,000 dollars a year to local non profit organization.

“We support the community that supports us,” Caruso said.

Merchandise in Finders Keeper runs from 59 dollars an item to 600 dollars. For those interested in scoring a deal or hearing about sales first, then log on to the Facebook Finders Keepers fan page and keep your eyes open.

“We have different specials that go on all the time. Facebook fans have the best chance of benefiting from our great deals,” Caruso said.

Customers who visit this little designer boutique will be hooked. Whether looking for a special occasion dress or just looking to stand out Finders Keepers is the place to go.

“Our best form of advertising is our costumers. People who like what we offer and wear it,” Caruso said.

Story by Nejela Almohanna