News : Prelude set to celebrate anniversary in Portsmouth

May 21, 2013

From Portsmouth Herald

By Suzanne Laurent

PORTSMOUTH — Prelude is celebrating its 30th year as a purveyor of romantic, eclectic and organic goods in Market Square.

Its current owner, Holly Landgarten, said she first walked into the shop at 65 Market St. one month after the shop's second owner, Fa Vereen, took over in May 1989.
"I asked if I could make her some signs for the items she had on display," Landgarten said. "She agreed, and I did some calligraphy for her."

The original owner, Thom Lager, opened Prelude in April 1983. Landgarten said Lager came up with the name of the store that sells soaps, lotions, bath and body care, jewelry, scarves and small treasures after watching his wife get ready to out for dinner with him.

"He saw her putting on lotions and perfume and then deciding how to accessorize her dress," she said. "It was like a 'prelude' to the evening."

Landgarten, of Kittery, Maine, purchased the shop from Vereen in May 1998.

"A lot of product lines were here, but I've added many organic products," she said.

Inside the shop, there are colorful scarves draped in corners throughout the 500-square-foot store, lovely scents from the soaps and perfumes, sparkling jewelry, and stunning small framed photographs by Joseph Barnett of Kennebunk, Maine.

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