huntington beach water polo made clothing core of boutique at The Pier in Atlantic City
Rene Esposito has been in retail for 25 years.
Her experience spans from children’s clothing to shoes to swimwear, all of which has culminated in Rene literally and figuratively, since Esposito’s boutique is also called Rene.
“We have clothing that’s 90 percent made in the USA,” Esposito said. “But our shoes are from all over the world Brazil, Amsterdam, London couture shoes. Our stuff is so different and unique. It’s not stuff you’d find in a department store.”
For this venture, Esposito has brought her husband, Joseph Esposito, onboard. He was a casino executive for 30 years.
“Nobody knows visitors in this town better than he does,” she said.
In addition to shoes, Rene stocks clothing, pocketbooks, jewelry and during the winter, furs, at all price points.
Esposito said she doesn’t want to squeeze her shoppers into a demographic, because when she does her buying, she doesn’t think of a specific age group. She just buys merchandise that stands out.
Recently, Esposito said, she had the opportunity to meet Bart Blatstein, who bought the Pier Shops in October.
“He has so many big plans for the Pier, this time next year it’s going to be unrecognizable,” Esposito said. “It’s going to be a game changer. We’re so fortunate and excited to be there.”
In October, Blatstein, a Philadelphia developer, told The Press of Atlantic City that he has plans to transform the Pier Shops into a shopping destination.
He has yet to hold a press conference to announce his plans for the shops.
Esposito’s experience shows in that the only hurdle she has faced at Rene has been ensuring that her 3 year old son comes first. As for business, “We’ve been doing it for awhile so we know what we’re doing.”
That confidence lends itself to advice for aspiring entrepreneurs.
“You’re going to make your mistakes, as long as you learn and grow from them and listen to customers, they will always lead you in the right direction,” Esposito said.