While in graduate school, Tia’s Place owner Megan O’Sullivan conceived of a different kind of clothing boutique where clients could enjoy the luxury of boutique shopping while encountering a broad and accessible range of items.
By combining up-and-coming designers and niche brands with one-of-a-kind furniture pieces she attracted clientele wanting a personalized shopping experience in a neighborhood atmosphere. In early 2004, armed with eight years of financial experience, Megan traded Wall Street for Grove Street, where she settled on a 2,000 square foot space in downtown historic Jersey City, NJ to open Tia’s Place. She did not have to look far for cohorts. Having lived through countless weekends of auctions, garage sales and flea markets with Grandma Tia (the stores namesake), Grandpa Andy, Mom Sandi and Aunt Barbara, Megan knew she would be able to offer distinctive furniture and antiques – everything from armoires to artwork, chairs to chandeliers, etageres, tables, dressers, mirrors and more. So Megan’s mom Sandi and her aunt Barbara joined Megan as in-house designers and furniture restorers, a skill they learned from their parents.
In 2009, Grand Central Terminal’s search for unique brands to fill the new retail corridor brought them to Megan and Tia’s Place. Amid a difficult economic climate, Tia’s was able to seize the unique opportunity to move into NYC. Tia’s offering of a boutique atmosphere and attainable luxury product couldn’t have come at a better time. Tia’s Place has become a destination for stylists and fashionistas. Megan has served as a stylist for magazine and television and a resource for other stylists through the NYC area.
Tia's has continued expanding through our revamped E-Commerce site and shopable social media platforms, and our eponymous accessories line. Plans for future NYC locations are underway - follow us to keep up-to-date!