Shopping and fashion got into Tay & Grace boutique owner Kristin Ruffino’s blood early, and for going on 17 years, she’s employed her expertise to help her Napa County customers find that perfect item in a welcoming and intimate atmosphere.
A Napa native, Ruffino, 55, said she got the buying bug from her mother and has evidently passed it to her daughter, Taylor Silleman.
The name of the store, which moved in August from Yountville to 1300 1st Street, Suite 315, in Napa, is a combination of Silleman’s first name and that of Ruffino’s grandmother, Grace, she said.
“My grandmother was the one who started Ruffino’s Restaurant – she was the entrepreneur of our family, I always say,” Ruffino said, adding that the building that housed the restaurant, by Oxbow Public Market, now contains Filippi’s Pizza Grotto Napa.
It was Ruffino’s mother who passed along her ability to recognize quality in fashion, she said.
“My taste in clothes probably comes from my mother,” she said. “She’d go once a month into San Francisco, to I. Magnin. Her favorite pastime was shopping, and she passed that down to me. And Taylor got it from me.”
You’ll get no argument on that score from Silleman, a 25-year-old architect.
“I guess I got all my mother’s best qualities,” she said.