Inside Pauline Books & Media, Lydia's Corner is a fund raising endeavor staffed by volunteers for the benefit of the Daughters of St. Paul. The boutique features consigned and donated merchandise including antique furniture, new and vintage jewelry, silver, gowns, furs, objets d'art, and more. The children's clothing consignor makes embroidered Baptismal and First holy Communion garments plus other clothing that can be ordered to size with custom embroidery. At any give time you might find a new bridal gown and veil valued at well over $1,000, a Donna Karan crocodile clutch, a Chanel mannequin from Paris, or much sought after pink depression glass. The boutique also carries Mepkin Abbey Drizzle and Salad Dressing and Granna's Pickles.
Lydia's Corner features embroidered infant and young children's apparel by Mary Ellen Ondo, and can accommodate special orders. Along with the dresses and outfits there are ancillary items such as burpers, bonnets, pillows, hair bows, etc. The pillows are fabulous gifts for anyone. They can be monogramed with initials or a name and used on a bed or as a travel item.
Boutique hours are from 11:0 A.M. to 4:00 P.M., Wednesdays through Saturdays.
The Pauline Book and Media Center is much more than a book store; it is a "walk in clinic for the soul." All are welcome. The Convent Chapel and hidden garden are open to the public as long as the store is open. The convent itself is on the upper floors of the building. The Sisters have a private parking area for customers in the rear of the building on Beaufain Street.