The photo on the front cover was taken at 3 Vintage Chicks in Northeast Phoenix just before a recent monthly Chicks Night Out event. Although the shop is open seven days a week, Owners Sue and Tom Nadeau, along with a design team of 40 talented vendors, find time to transform the store for each uniquely themed event held on the second Friday of each month.
The new theme is chosen and announced after the most recent event is over, and Sue and the other artists/vendors spend the next few weeks searching, creating and gathering items to make their spaces a treasure trove for shoppers. These monthly events are free and feature food, beverages, shopping and fun. This popular destination event is a gathering place for girlfriends, couples and anyone looking for an enjoyable night out.
As I browsed the aisles and spaces all ready and prepared for that evening’s shoppers, I met a few “early bird” shoppers. One told me, “This shop is my peaceful place and I come regularly when I need to relax and be inspired.” It doesn’t get any better than that.
I was impressed with the detail that Sue brings to each corner of the store. We talked about what is currently “in” and what customers look for. She is very passionate about her business and works tirelessly to make 3 Vintage Chicks a success for the shop “creatives” as well as keeping it fresh and enticing for shoppers. The shop carries Cece Caldwell Chalk and Natural Clay Paints and upcoming workshops are planned, including a surprise class with creator CeCe Caldwell. This product is fun and easy to use and Sue is happy to help you get started.
Because the shop is open daily you don’t have to wait until the next monthly event to enjoy 3 Vintage Chicks. They carry among the best values in vintage, upcycled, rustic and salvaged furniture, home décor, clothing, jewelry, soaps and lotions. The vendors are artists, up cyclers, pickers and DIYers who fill the 7,000 square foot store with home furnishings and décor for every style, offering creative solutions for your decorating challenges. With a friendly welcome, they are ready to help you make your home a showcase. 3 Vintage Chicks was voted Best Vintage Shop of the Valley from Phoenix Magazine 2015 and 2017.
Sue has always had a “crafty” flair for decorating and painting furniture. She was a vendor at another vintage location in Phoenix before opening her own shop with two of her friends, thus the name 3 Vintage Chicks. With full-time jobs and children, two of the “Chicks” left to spend more time with their families and Sue and Tom became the sole owners and decided to keep the name.
Originally from Boston, MA, Sue graduated from college with a retail management degree. She and Tom owned a retail clothing business in Boston’s famous Faneuil Hall for 12 years before moving to Arizona 19 years ago to be closer to family.
The theme for the next monthly event on May 11, from 5 to 9 p.m., will be “Cabin Life” so make your plans to go and be inspired to make your cabin, camper, trailer or pop-up tent decorating dreams come true.
3 Vintage Chicks is located at 13012 N Cave Creek Road in Phoenix. For more information, visit www.3vintagechicks.com or follow them on Facebook or Instagram and stay updated on their monthly events.