Since she was a teen, Angela Wisniewski has wanted to own a retail business. After years of creating digital marketing content for national and local brands and working as a stylist, she brings her longtime aspirations and experience together in her new women’s lifestyle boutique Coup D’état in New Center’s Cadillac Place.
“I’ve worked in service and hospitality for years, and what keeps someone returning to an establishment is how they feel,” Wisniewski says. “With Coup, I want to connect with women and help them shape their wardrobe based not only on their likes, but their lives. How I dress is expressive and gives me confidence … I want other women to experience the same feeling.”
Formerly a state agency office, the 1,200-square-foot space has been restored to its 1920s look while highlighting Detroit-based artistic talent, from the custom wood-and-brushed steel racks by fabricator Ryan Carmichael to the hand-painted door signage in golden leaf by Kelly Golden to the neon sign by George Vidas.
“There’s a wealth of creativity in Detroit and it’s important that my first brick-and-mortar enterprise reflects that spirit,” Wisniewski says.
For Coup, she knew the business had to be in Detroit and set her sights on New Center. “The history of the neighborhood, the scale of the buildings, the streetscape, the community of merchants … all the ingredients I needed. And very few other buildings in New Center have the feeling, history, and elegance that Cadillac Place has.”
Coup D’état offers apparel and footwear, beauty products, and a selection of gifts/housewares sourced from all over the world, from New York and LA to Europe and South America.
Coup D’état is located in Cadillac Place, 3044 W. Grand Blvd., Unit 460, between Cass and Second avenues. Store hours are 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday and 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. Sunday.
A grand opening celebration is set for Saturday, Nov. 9, with proceeds benefitting The Emerging Opal, a Detroit-based nonprofit that mentors and trains young girls to become leaders.