Kris Grooms owns Retro Rosie’s, the vintage clothing boutique that is half the crazy property at 817 Manatee Ave. She started trying to turn her curtains into dresses around the age of 10.  She has worked as a freelance costume designer in Louisville, KY and Sarasota/Bradenton, FL.  Kris volunteers with South Florida Shih Tzu Rescue. Kris has been deliriously happily married for over ten years and has two dogs, Pippin and Snickers (aka Shopdog).



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  1. HI, I’m John Marks sister and we were in your store early March. I have a dealer of antiques with a request for a 30’s- 40’s simple wedding gown. Do you have a listing or pictures of some of your dresses? I will pass on your site to her, but would love some info to share up front. Thanks, you do have the best vintage selections of these items…even to Minnesota!