Ricki Peltzman, owner and buyer of Upstairs on 7th, began her fashion career as the buyer for the contemporary design department of The Higbee Company, a major department store in her native hometown of Cleveland, Ohio. Ricki later went to work for Weiss, an upscale clothing and fur company, as the European designer buyer. It was on her first trip to Europe for Weiss that the iconic president of Henri Bendel, Geraldine Stutz, took Ricki under her wing. Upstairs on 7th is an upscale retailer of women’s apparel and accessories in Washington DC. U7 is known for its unique designer clothing including Ray Harris, Blanque, Planet, Crea Concept, Dress to Kill, Kokomarina, Comfy, Sun Kim, Lilith, Lunn, and Spirithouse among others.