Pink & Navy – Fifth Avenue meets Pine Avenue
SUN PHOTO/LOUISE BOLGER
Janae Rudacille offers clothing for men, women and
children, gifts, furniture, books and more to the
Pine Avenue shopper.
Pink for girls and blue for boys has been a tradition since the beginning of the 20th century, even though no one is really sure why dressing all babies in white stopped being the norm. Since the pink and blue tradition is still very much alive for babies, why not pink and navy, women and men.
Pink & Navy on Pine Avenue in Anna Maria opened in December of last year, occupying space in one of the Pine Avenue Restoration project buildings. But to owner Janae Rudacille this building is a lot more than just a location for her smart new shop. It's literally where she was born and lived for a good part of her childhood.
A lifelong resident of Anna Maria, Rudacille was always interested in retail and worked for seven years in one of Anna Maria's beach shops. Like so many of her friends, she was challenged to find gifts and clothes that didn't have a beachy or nautical feel without leaving the Island.
What Rudacille has achieved in Pink & Navy is a diverse mix of clothes for men, women and children as well as gifts, furniture, books and more. She likes to think of her shop as a small department store on the beach, Fifth Avenue meets Pine Avenue.
Although primarily an apparel store for men and women, Pink & Navy carries children's toys, soaps, candles, jewelry, cigars and Envirosax tote bags. The chairs and sofa scattered around are not only a cozy place to relax while you're shopping, but also are for sale. Stray Dog lighting fixtures made in Haiti are very unique pieces, with some of the company profits donated to care for stray animals in Haiti. One of P & N's signature items is Royal Apothic fragrances and candles, rumored to be one of Kate Middleton, the future Queen of England's, favorites.
Rudacille's great fashion eye is everywhere you look in the shop. Classic little dresses ranging from beach cover-ups to dressy event styles, jeans and sexy Hanky Panky and Coobie Bra undergarments are in abundance. Some of the clothing lines Pink & Navy carry are Milly, Charlie Jade, Judith March, French Connection and Michael Stars.
With the help of Rudacille's manager Jessica Foraker, Pink & Navy has flourished from the high volume of walking traffic along Pine Avenue. Rudcille says the street she was born on is better than ever and has evolved into what it was really designed to be. They also have some charity events they are working on with other Anna Maria businesses, and a fashion show and a day of pampering for special people are being discussed.
In our modern fashion environment, the rules are out the window, and pink is no longer too girly for men to wear and navy blue is the new black for stylish women. Never-the-less, Pink & Navy represents both women and men in a polished, dress-up, dress-down eclectic shop.
Pink & Navy
216C Pine Ave.
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Monday through Saturday
All major credit cards accepted