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Vintage Soul

Fashion, furnishings to feed the soul
Dakota Zirbel (seated) and her mom, Yolanda Halferty, have opened Vintage Soul, a fashion and home décor boutique in Liberty Plaza. The shop’s grand opening will be this Saturday, May 9, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. (photo by Lori Lindner)

NORTH LIBERTY– Looking for something that speaks to your soul?
Old or new, you could find the perfect thing at the new Vintage Soul boutique in North Liberty.
Co-owners and mother-daughter duo Yolanda Halferty and Dakota Zirbel opened the new shop this week in Liberty Plaza off Highway 965, offering a colorful medley of women’s clothing and home décor items, jewelry and tchotchkes that will blend well with any taste.
The clothing and some items are new, others are vintage, but all have been carefully selected by the two women because of their unique qualities and special appeal.
“We both like unusual, eclectic items, whether it’s in clothing or home décor,” said Halferty. “We gravitate toward that.”
Halferty has sewn since high school, and continued sewing clothing for herself and her family throughout the years. Formerly a buyer for JoAnn’s Fabrics, Halferty developed a love for interesting textures, patterns and materials.
“We just love being artistic and expressive,” said Halferty.
That artistic expression spills over into the shop, where richly-patterned dresses, skirts and tops hang next to one-of-a-kind finds. Custom T-shirts with engaging tag lines are designed by Halferty and Zirbel and printed by Halferty’s sons, who own screen printing businesses Kyote Sports in Mason City and Fangs for Nothing in Des Moines. While Vintage Soul is a boutique in the strictest sense– small and specialized– its available clothing is not restricted to a particular customer.
“We definitely think that what we carry will be flattering to all sizes,” said Halferty. “We offer clothes for real women, so we passed on vendors that didn’t make clothes that were made for a range of sizes. We also wanted styles that were fashionable, fun and flirty.”
“And versatile,” Zirbel added. Vintage Soul has clothes suitable for special occasions or every day, from sassy skirts and fringe-trimmed dresses to simple T-shirts that go well with a favorite pair of jeans. “I’m not a real girly-girl, so I want to be able to throw a leather jacket on with a dress and still have it look good, with that extra edge.”
Stained glass pieces, gilded mirrors, distinctive picture frames and random antique artifacts like old cameras and bygone toys are just a few of the objects customers can find at Vintage Soul to make their own homes more visually interesting.
“We like vintage and the quirkiness it provides in the home setting,” said Halferty. With an interest in architecture and the character of older houses, she sees elegance in details no longer found in modern structures and contemporary design. “We are looking for that beauty of the way things used to be made,” she said.
Zirbel also appreciates objects that seem to carry the past with them.
“I like the things that have a story behind them,” said Zirbel. “I’m a huge history nerd, so I try to learn about them. Everything has a story, and I think that is engaging to my generation, more than things that are (mass produced) and store-bought.”
New products– or new-to-the-shop treasures– will flow into the shop regularly, as Halferty and Zirbel plan to keep inventory fresh and inviting.
“We definitely want to offer unique pieces you can’t find anywhere else,” said Halferty. “Any time you are buying vintage or accessories, it has to speak to you, whether it’s your past or things you can relate to. That’s how we came up with the name, Vintage Soul. It speaks to us.”
“It’s all the stuff I want to take home and can’t,” added Zirbel. “It’s a little bit of everything.”
Vintage Soul plans its grand opening this Saturday, May 9, serving wine-a-ritas and desserts from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. A drawing for a $25 gift certificate will be held at the end of the day. Ten percent of the day’s proceeds will be donated to the Habitat for Humanity ReStore. In addition, the shop will host ladies’ nights the first Thursday of each month, with wine, desserts, special deals and other surprises.