Zarkpa’s Purses and Accessories is celebrating two years of business with their grand re-opening this week in Detroit’s North End.
The boutique lifestyle brand offers purses and accessories to match your personality, along with locally sourced and designed clothing such as dresses, shirts, sweaters, jewelry, glasses, and more. The retail shop first opened in Downtown Detroit Historical Harmonie Park about two years ago, recently re-locating this month to Detroit’s North End neighborhood.
“The North End is an up and coming neighborhood just a mile or two away from Detroit’s new transit station,” said owner Tracy Garley. “Downtown rents were rising and as a new business you have to cut cost when you are paying way too much for rent. We also wanted to expand our business and better serve Detroit residents and other cities around us.”
Tracy moved to Detroit at eleven years old from Monrovia Liberia, Africa. She graduated from Detroit’s’ Western International High School then went on to study at Michigan State University. Zarkpa’s is Tracy’s native name and also her Grandmother’s tribe name which means “debt free.” Offering affordable, boutique clothing and styling support allows her clients to feel free and independent over their own self images.
Zarkpa’s is excited to be in the North End where they hope to extend programming and services to the community. The new store is located across the street from Detroit International Academy for young women where Tracy Garley and her partner Courtney Sims plans to offer retail and small business program for students as internships.
“We hope that by opening our doors here we can encourage other business to open more businesses in the North End,” said Tracy Garley. “Also, we want to engage and be an active part of the community.”