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Personal style starts with the hair for this Elmwood Village shop owner

Name: Therese Deutschlander, 38.

Who she is: Owner of Thin Ice gift shop, 719 Elmwood Ave., which opened in 2006 and specializes in one-of-a-kind handmade jewelry, pottery, home decor and more from 200 local and regional artists; president of the Elmwood Village Association; founding member of the Elmwood Strip merchants group. The Lancaster native graduated from SUNY Buffalo State in 2003 with a degree in English. She is married to Michael Christopher, an aerospace and aeronautical engineer. They share their home with two cats and a tarantula. Back in 2016, her apartment was featured as a Buffalo News "Home of the Month."

What she's wearing: Green, multi-gored skirt she made in high school (her godmother taught her how to sew); lace-up boots from  ShoeFly on Elmwood Avenue; navy cotton shirt; navy tights; jewelry from her store; rings from Africa and Germany.

Signature piece: Her watermelon tourmaline gemstone bracelet by Gretchen Cole Jewelry Designs. "I wear it every day," she said.

Listen to Therese Deutschlander's approach to fashion:

Fashion statement: "My sense of style is to be fun, colorful and creative. I definitely express myself through my hair. I let my hairdresser (Michael at the Mane Room) do whatever he wants with my hair. Oftentimes I'll coordinate my clothes and my jewelry to whatever color he's chosen to dye my hair. That is definitely my form of expression, but I think it's important to wear whatever you feel confident and comfortable in," she said.

Last thing she bought:  A little succulent garden and pumpkin house in a teacup that she bought at an antiques shop in Elmira. She stopped into the shop on her way back from riding in a glider plane at Harris Hill Soaring Corp.

In the market for: "I love these (L'Artiste brand) boots, and I would totally buy another pair of them at ShoeFly," she said.

Her boots. (Robert Kirkham/Buffalo News)

Her bracelet. (Robert Kirkham/Buffalo News)

Inside her shop. (Robert Kirkham/Buffalo News)

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