Shopping Therapy, Anyone?

Ariela Martin PhotoTherapeutic shopping, on a budget: That’s the mission of downtown’s latest women’s boutique.

The boutique is called “Therapy.” It had its grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony mid-day Thursday at 286 York St.

Larry Johnston, a Yale alum, said at the opening that he “is thrilled to be back in New Haven. I’ve always considered it my home.” Johnston co-owns Therapy with Thang Dao. Johnston, who retired from Wall Street, is a professional violinist. Dao, who trained as a dancer and choreographer at Julliard, said he has always “loved fashion, and finding creativity and your own self expression through the clothing and accessories you wear.”

The store’s manager, Richard Lee, said he wants “people to come in and feel welcome and relaxed as they shop and try on clothes. That’s what shopping is all about.”

“I think it’s going to be a great hit. There’s a good price point, and it’s high style. It’s going to be very popular,” said Abigail Rider (pictured above), director of University Properties, the Yale real-estate arm that is the boutique’s landlord.

Ariela Martin, a student at Cooperative Arts & Humanities High School, is an Independent contributing reporter.

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