Unique Interiors reopens its doors
Artisan creations and gifts among the many items at Hartford business

By AMANDA VOSS - Daily News

Oct. 22, 2014

Jill Nieoson helps a customer at Unique Interiors Boutique on Thursday afternoon in Hartford. 
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HARTFORD — For nine years Cathy Zivkovich, owner of Kate’s Kloset downtown Hartford, owned a business called Unique Interiors Boutique, which evolved, but she was inspired by her customers to bring Unique Interiors back.

“It is a rebirthing,” Zivkovich said. “I offered home accessories and gift items and during that time I designed textiles for customers in the sense of pillows and runners.”

Just a short walk from Kate’s Kloset sits sits Unique Interiors, 131 N. Main St., that opened mid-September.

“What had happened is many of the customers that were used to being apart of Unique Interiors felt there was a big void of that not being assessable to them so I felt that maybe with the help of two others that are involved in the business we could bring that back to the community,” Zivkovich added.

Jill Nicoson and Diane Angilello are helping Zivkovich reopen. Nicoson said the store has many vintage items, artists creations and Zivkovich’s textile work.
 

Different displays at Unique Interiors Boutique on Thursday afternoon in Hartford. 
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Nicoson researches artists to bring unique vintage items to the store. The items include vintage furniture, textile designs by Zivkovich, an eclectic blend of vintage times and artisan creations and gifts.

“I tried to source out more natural items that are different from all over,” Nicoson said.

When a shopper walks into Unique Interiors Zivkovich said they will see items that are soft, shabby chic and vintage in one room and in another the items are traditional and rich.

“It was important to have a humble and warm culture when they walked into the space,” Zivkovich said. “We wanted to bring a little vintage in because repurposing and a lot of that recycling is so popular now in our culture. We’re happy there’s a generation out there that associates to what we’re trying to accomplish.”

Decorated displays at Unique Interiors Boutique on Thursday afternoon in Hartford. 
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Zivkovich grew up in Hartford and has a personal connection to Hartford, which is why she chose to open her businesses downtown. She’s owned a business in Hartford for 13 years.

“I feel very much at home,” Zivkovich said. “And I feel like I give that back to my customer and that’s so important. That’s what makes you successful in a business.

Zivkovich owns two downtown Hartford businesses and she said there wasn’t any hesitation in opening Unique Interiors.

“I was actually very inspired from the people that would enter the clothing boutique and say ‘I have so many things from your other stores’ or ‘I really miss that culture,’” Zivkovich said.

The storefront of Unique Interiors Boutique on Thursday afternoon in Hartford. 
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Zivkovich said she would encourage people to come to Unique Interiors because it’s an out-of-box experience.

“I would say it’s a type of store that’s a little gem. When people come in they’re very taken aback at what it looks like inside. They never would have expected that to be. I encourage them to come in and see the warmth and variety of times we’re offering in such a small space,” Zivkovich said.

Unique Interiors is open noon-3 p.m. Tuesdays and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursdays and Saturdays. Starting Nov. 1, it will be open noon-3 p.m. Fridays for the holidays.