April 11, 2024


Shopping, Clothing & Fashion

Longtime Arnold hair salon owner opens women’s clothing boutique in New Kensington

A pair of ventilation supporters blowing out the aroma of chocolate utilised to attract people into a storefront on New Kensington’s Fifth Avenue.

That’s when Herman’s Nuts and Candies was situated there.

Right now, it’s women’s apparel from brands acknowledged in Los Angeles and New York that are bringing individuals as a result of the doorway at Chlo’s Boutique.

Kimberly Waltenbaugh got her new store opened in time to attract in crowds who had arrive for the opening of Las Hachas, an ax throwing enterprise throughout the street. She’s also experienced clients come from AngelWing, a yoga studio and wellness heart down the highway.

An Arnold native and 1981 Valley Higher graduate, Waltenbaugh, 58, ran Amore, a entire-assistance salon, in Arnold for much more than 20 many years. She closed it 3 several years back.

She opened the boutique “because I’m insane.”

“With the firms escalating in New Ken, I was so excited to see New Ken wanting the way it is,” she said. “There’s no boutiques down there. There’s almost nothing in this place like that, specifically what we provide.”

The retailer is named after Waltenbaugh’s daughter, Chloe Kuffel, who is helping her mom.

“We were sitting down around trying to figure out a quirky minimal pun identify,” Kuffel stated. “Everyone phone calls me ‘Chlo’ — outfits, Chlo. At the time people today discover out, they imagine it is very clever.”

Waltenbaugh’s all-new stock spans casual to dressy and pretty much formal, from sizing zero to plus dimensions, for all ages. New stock arrives daily, and rotates for the seasons.

“No vendors all over in this article carry a great deal of these makes,” she reported. “My most significant problem is having my inventory. It’s coming in slowly.”

And other than for the blue jeans, all the things is black and white.

“Everything in listed here is a staple in a woman’s closet,” Waltenbaugh claimed. “Black and white is timeless. It hardly ever goes out of model.”

Waltenbaugh, a self-described “fashionista,” said she selling prices almost everything to be really affordable.

“It was priced for the place,” she said.

Waltenbaugh remaining her task as a payroll supervisor with Allegheny Ludlum in downtown Pittsburgh to open Amore. Its closing was not for a deficiency of small business — Kuffel explained her mom was in some cases doing work until finally 10 at night time.

“After 20 some decades, I was burned out,” Waltenbaugh explained. “No weekends, no holiday seasons, no absolutely nothing.”

But after closing the salon, Waltenbaugh stored carrying out nails out of her home to continue to keep fast paced.

“She doesn’t know how to settle down,” Kuffel said. “This is something she required to do for a when. We’re all supporting her. I adore trend, far too, so we made the decision to go for it.”

Waltenbaugh and her husband, Donald, set in extended hours obtaining their area following to the new UPMC St. Margaret Relatives Health Centre prepared for the boutique’s opening.

“I wished to be open for Las Hachas’ grand opening,” she said. “Everybody that arrived in acquired anything. There wasn’t a person particular person who confirmed up that didn’t go away with a bag.”

Waltenbaugh describes Chlo’s Boutique as small and intimate.

“I assume I’m likely to outgrow it,” she claimed. “We’ll see how it goes.”

Brian C. Rittmeyer is a Tribune-Critique workers author. You can speak to Brian at 724-226-4701, [email protected] or by using Twitter .