By Shayna Mace | Photos courtesy of Dune Gift and Home, Photography by H. Claire Photography
In our fast-paced lives, it’s a luxury to stop and linger. But linger you must at Dune Gift and Home in Stoughton—a gorgeous, light-filled boutique on Main Street that’s filled with pieces from 25-plus craftspeople as well as vintage items. Owner and jewelry designer Ciré Rosenbaum Cross opened the space in November 2018 after dreaming about owning her own shop for years. She knew she wanted to open it right where she got her start in high school working at Main Street’s various retail shops—including the now-shuttered Catfish River Arts and Antiques, across the street from Dune.
“I love Stoughton. I went to high school here and grew up between Stoughton and the east side of Madison, so I’ve always had a soft spot [for this place],” Rosenbaum Cross explains. “I felt like Main Street was having a renaissance … and Stoughton would love something fresh and new.”
Rosenbaum Cross’ excellent eye for design means she’s curated the best of home décor and kitchenware, jewelry and accessories, beauty and body goods, baby items and clothing (both vintage and new). And the gorgeous space, lovingly renovated over a six-month period by Rosenbaum Cross, her husband Mike and her family, has original tin ceilings and light oak flooring, exposed ductwork and jewel-like pendant lamps. All of the plywood display fixtures were designed by Rosenbaum Cross and fabricated by her dad.
Marvel at adorable ceramic mugs and vases in pastel colors by Chicago-based Little Fire Ceramics, whimsical wildlife paintings and prints by Stoughton artist Natalie Jo Wright, soy candles by Brooklyn Candle Studio, clean, plant-based skincare by Milwaukee’s The Sunday Standard and of course— Rosenbaum Cross’ own jewelry pieces, sold under the name Ciré Alexandria. Her beautiful designs out of sterling silver, brass and 14K gold fill weave in the natural world, minimalist shapes and semiprecious stones like pearls, labradorite and quartz.
The shop is a perfect embodiment of Rosenbaum Cross’ vibe—cool, casually stylish and definitely covetable—and shoppers like it.
“Customers say, ‘it’s so bright in here,’ or, ‘it’s so calm in here,’” says Rosenbaum Cross. “With younger families moving into the area, I thought they would receive [Dune] well. I wanted to bring something cool to Stoughton that we’ve never had.”
155 W. Main St., Stoughton, dunegiftandhome.com