Two local business owners have joined forces to open a new shopping experience in the former Milkweed space located in Downtown Honesdale.

Alessandra Iavarone of The Velvet Maple and Olivia Santo of Gather, re-opened the doors of 1019 Main Street on February 1 to launch a collective vendor space and bring something new to the community; the area's first modern department store shopping experience. 

On the first floor is Gather, which offers curated gifts, barware and kitchen items, men’s clothing, gourmet and local food, and children’s gifts. The Velvet Maple, which re-located after a successful three years from across Main Street, is a lifestyle shop offering women’s clothing, accessories, home décor and furnishings, and interior decorating services.

“We wanted to create a department store feel by having each room of the building carry a different product category,” says Olivia Santo. “It’s really a one stop shop.”

“There’s something for everybody here,” says Alessandra Iavarone. “A man can shop downstairs for a new shirt while his wife is busy trying on a dress upstairs and the kids are playing with toys in the children’s section. It’s a fun shopping experience when every member of the family can feel entertained.”

Olivia Santo is a young entrepreneur who grew up in NEPA. She attended the Fashion Institute of Technology and worked as a merchandise planner for Macy’s before moving back home to start up her first business venture. Alessandra Iavarone, a Brooklyn transplant originally from Rome, Italy, is an interior designer specializing in local hospitality and commercial projects. She currently owns and operates two locations of The Velvet Maple in Honesdale, PA and Narrowsburg, NY.

Gather and The Velvet Maple are located at 1019 Main Street in Honesdale, PA and are open every day except Tuesday 10AM-6PM. For more information please contact Olivia Santo at (718) 887-4374 or olivia@visitgather.com.