Jess James + Co. Grand Opening Holiday Soiree Photos

Jess James + Co.

Jess James + Co. (at 511 Castle Street)
is the new home for Style Girl Vintage and HM Antique Books & Prints.
Shop one-of-a-kind new arrivals, holiday gifts for her & him + more!

Thank you so much to my friends & family for making the grand opening night
(December 9th) at Jess James + Co. such a special one.




Thank you to Dan Thorpe and his team at Thorpe for Landscapes prepping the backyard for the party.

Tess Wheatley Cash of Meraki Beauty for doing my makeup & all your help with snacks & errands. You are a lifesaver!

Thank you to Tripp Murphy for curating our vintage holiday music soundtrack.

Thank you to Artist Doug Campbell for providing his amazing fire pit & sculpture work for us to enjoy in the backyard.

Thank you to Gay Adair for creating such gorgeous floral displays for the party

Thank you to Matt Hosmer for coming to the shop the night before the opening (and working with us till 3am!) to hang the final piece of art work – the stunning kimono centerpiece!

Thank you to my bestie Shannon Ricks Dunne for helping me make my storefront window so magically deco vintage Christmas-y. And, we just received the exciting news that Jess James + Co. won People’s Choice Award for Wilmington’s Holly Jolly Window Contest! Thank you so much to all of you for voting. Such a sweet Christmas surprise.

Thank you to my shop vendor John McNair for his patience in getting the shop just right before sharing his beautiful vintage prints & antiques.

Thank you to my graphic designer Kristen Martinez for creating such an incredible logo & branding for my shop and all the last minute requests for signage.

Thank you to Marthe Pineau for all your guidance, amazing insight, inspiring pins & chocolate brownies in cultivating my vision. You are such a blessing in my life!

Thank you to my sweet Mom for driving 10 hours (with her friend Cheryl) the morning of the event just to be here to celebrate.

And, thank you Dad for always being my number one supporter (even from afar), for believing in me and giving me a loan to follow my dream.

I also wanted to give a special thanks to my fellow shop owners that showed up to celebrate – the owners of new boutiques Elle and Meadowlark, Kelly of Oliver, Tracy Tang of Blue Hand Home, Stella of Lilies & Lace, Karyn Oetting of Second Skin Vintage, Meredith of A Second Time Around, my new neighbors Michael Moore, Paula from Elsewhere Salon, the lovely ladies from Aluna Works, Dawn Glover of Decades of Decor and Kelli Anne Benton of Seaglass Salvage Market.

I have been promoting and supporting fashion, retail and creative community in Wilmington for over a decade now & have learned how important it is to work together & supporting each other.

And, thank you most of all to my husband Joel Finsel for not only making a mean wasell and spinning records in the freezing cold but especially for putting up with my “driving force of a vision” to see this thing through. There is no way the doors to Jess James + Co. could have opened without you!

(“Working” in the shop till 3:30am the night before the opening)


I wish I had a photo of everyone who showed up to celebrate. You all are beautiful and truly touched my heart.
Thank you for your support & enthusiasm for my new home on Castle Street.

Event Coverage by
Photographer Marcus Anthony

To see more photos from this special night,
visit the Jess James + Co. Facebook page –
Click Here!

And, p.s.
Jess James + Co. is open for SHOPPING!
Wed-Sunday 11am-5pm
(or by appointment)














































Gift Certificates to Jess James + Co are now available.
Perfect size for a stocking stuffer!

Stay tuned for a special
holiday shopping + whiskey night
for the special guy in your life.








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