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'Haute' New Accessory Boutique Opens in Town

Promenade store features fashionable and trendy merchandise, 20-year Hillsborough resident says.

After 15 years in retail, Maria Scerbo was confident she knew a need when she saw one. That is why she recently opened Haute in the Hillsborough Promenade.

“There isn’t an accessory boutique in our area,” the 20-year Hillsborough resident said.

With her youngest in college, she decided the time was right to take a risk and fill that need.

She and her 27-year-old son Frank, who graduated from Rider University with a degree in business, decided to partner in this business venture.

“What better place than Hillsborough?” Scerbo asked. “We really know the community.”

Loosely translated from the French, “haute” means fashionable or trendy and that is how Scerbo designed the boutique in Suite 903 of the Hillsborough Promenade, from its animal-skin-inspired interior accents to its purses, scarves, jewelry (costume and fine), bridal accessories, unusual gift ideas, and much more.

“We’re vamping up the fashion trend market,” Scerbo said. “We are couture- and designer-inspired.”

Haute’s slogan is “Be fun. Be haute. Be you.”

“You can still look really good on a budget,” she added, noting that prices at Haute are “inexpensive.” “I know we’re in a recession and I know people have kids in school.”

Purses similar to ones worn by the Kardashians, for example, are $45 and fashion necklaces are $18.

Haute is reaching out to all ages of women. An infants and young girls section features earrings, bracelets and other jewelry just for them. For teens, there are the popular feathered hair clips, leather bands and bracelet watches.

There are also “girlfriend” gifts (including wine glasses to mark special birthdays or events), bridal accessories such as T-shirts and jewelry, sunglasses and readers, wine charms, notepads and wine boxes ($25) that are ideal to dress up that hostess gift.

Bags range from designer-inspired designs to clutches ideal for special occasions and a wide selection of scarves to add a little “oomph” to any woman’s wardrobe.

Haute also carries plenty of the ultimate accessory–jewelry–in the latest styles and colors to enhance any outfit. The boutique is currently featuring a selection of rose gold jewelry, which Scerbo says is this season’s hit.

She anticipates regularly turning over the trendy merchandise and purchasing limited quantities (usually two or three) of each piece. In addition, to emphasize her commitment to the community, Scerbo is planning to feature the works of local artisans each month.

Ramona Larsen October 15, 2012 at 01:32 PM
LOVE LOVE LOVE this new store! Bought beautiful/trendy jewelry here on Saturday. Super reasonable prices. Will be back VERY soon!
Fran October 15, 2012 at 02:15 PM
It's great to see a store like this open in Hillsborough-----I make many trips over to Flemington to the Snapdragon store there, so I hope Haute carries items similar to that store, and If they do, it will be a big hit I'm sure!!
Savvyshopper2 October 15, 2012 at 03:35 PM
So excited for a store like this to be in town! Wondering what their hours are?
llella December 20, 2012 at 01:54 AM
I visited there for the 1st time earlier this week. I purchased an xmas gift for a co-worker and an awesome scarf and sunglasses for myself. The prices are great and the merchandise is trendy. I love it and will definitely be back for more!
Patti Buckle January 11, 2013 at 07:40 PM
This is a cute store with some decent prices. However, the smell of cigarette smoke was pretty rank. I couldn't wait to go back outside. I would imagine that if the owner and or the workers are smoking outside and then coming back in the store smelling of smoke, it won't take long before the fabric merchandise stinks too. Too bad that was a turn off for me.
Wanda N February 01, 2013 at 05:07 AM
I think is is so important to support a local small buisness we need to spend our money locally and the prices are very reasonable for our current economy slum.

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