>> Kathryn Juricic

There’s more behind the doors of Thistle and Wren than children’s consignment. While the walls are adorned with cute and affordable  clothes for your kiddos aged new born to twelve years old, it’s the community focus and exceptional skills of owner Candace Negm that offer the depth to her retail shop.

Candace is a mom, wife, and professional whose portfolio spans from business owner and consultant, to a child and youth care practitioner who has run large child care facilities. After she had two children, whom inspire the namesake of the shop in Fernwood Square, Candace opted out of heading back to work. But one day, she was running through the square, saw a space was up for lease, and signed the papers the next day! “Fernwood chose me,” Negm explained.

While the lease was signed spontaneously, the shop came to fruition through careful planning and lots of time ruminating over a retail space that highlights the ideals of Candace and her family in their stage of life. Candace’s reasons behind opening her doors include being a part of the green movement, the social aspect of being surrounded by moms and families, and the opportunity to offer employment and even a rotating space for creative “mom-preneurs” who shape our local economy.

With a generous outpour from our community, Thistle & Wren is filling a niche and offering much needed services to families throughout the ‘hood. Candace reflected, “It’s a safe, happy place to be.”

Thistle & Wren accepts high quality pre-loved fashion, shoes and educational toys the first two weeks of each month. Find our more details at www.thistleandwren.com