Flourish Boutique moves and improves

first_imgTags: Boutique, Flourish, saint mary’s Flourish Boutique, a favorite shopping destination among Saint Mary’s students, will move locations, and customers can expect many improvements to their shopping experience, store owner and Saint Mary’s alumna Vanessa Cooreman Smith said.Cooreman Smith said she opened Flourish Boutique in 2008 in a very small space and moved to the current location at Cleveland and Gumwood Roads in 2009. The store will relocate again because the land the house sits on has been sold to a developer.“The house [in which the store is currently located] is historic and can’t be torn down, so it has to be physically moved to a different site so they can develop this [land] into better use for the busy corner,” Cooreman Smith said.“We were offered the chance to move with the house, but I felt like we had outgrown it. I was also apprehensive about the down time it would to take to physically move it, so it felt like the right time to make a move I have already been wanting to make.”The new location will be just around the corner at Centennial Place, next to Gigi’s Cupcakes, Cooreman Smith said. The new store will allow Flourish Boutique to double its inventory, as well as to add more dressing rooms, check-out stations, phone lines and designers, like Free People and Betsey Johnson.“[The new store] will all be boutique quality and have a Flourish flair to it, but we will be expanding our product line,” Cooreman Smith said. “We are going to have more shoe selections and we’re also going to be offering gifts. … We will have a really fun selection of what you could expect at Flourish, but with cute gifts.”Flourish Boutique uses student models on the store’s website, Cooreman Smith said.“I think it’s really cool to use people [to model] that are essentially your customers,” Cooreman Smith said. “These real people, granted they are gorgeous girls that you know and love, are rocking out these looks and giving a credibility to the clothes. … It makes it more real.”First-year Saint Mary’s student Katlynn Kennedy is one of the models for Flourish Boutique. Kennedy said modeling was very new to her, but the experience has helped her to grow.“I love the environment at Flourish,” Kennedy said. “Everyone is so upbeat, so it was just an overall great time going there to model for them.”Audrey Kiefer, a junior at Saint Mary’s who worked at Flourish Boutique during the fall semester, said she loved the experience working with many other Saint Mary’s graduates. “It was fun to share stories in the offices from classes, study abroad experiences and overall Saint Mary’s life,” Kiefer said. “All of the staff was very friendly and welcoming to me.”Cooreman Smith said attending Saint Mary’s helped to give her the courage and dedication she needed to start her own business.“Throughout my four years at Saint Mary’s, everyone was pouring into you that there’s nothing you can’t do as a woman and the sky’s the limit,” she said. “That definitely gave me a lot of confidence to start my own business.“Life is short. … It’s really important to pick [a job] you’re passionate about and pursue it, even if you start small. … You never know where it’s going to lead.”last_img read more

Large downsizer homes are proving to be a hit with retirees in Logan

first_imgIngenia Lifestyle BethaniaLogan seniors are proving the point with two-bedroom plus study and three-bedroom homes selling at a rapid rate in the Ingenia Lifestyle Bethania development.Offering the land lease model, residents can retain their current eligibility for government rental assistance on the weekly site fees.“Our new three-bedroom home designs are selling quickly with only a final few homes remaining as local downsizers snap up the larger sized designs,” Ms Manson said. Brand new two bedroom, two bathroom plus study homes are available from $329,000. Ingenia Lifestyle Bethania is giving seniors more space for their downsizing needs.THE BASICSINGENIA LIFESTYLE BETHANIADeveloper: Ingenia Lifestyle ResortsPrice: From $329,000Location: 41 Radke Road, BethaniaIngenia Lifestyle Bethania offers more room for downsizing retirees, with large internal living spaces and plenty of storage.SENIORS are looking to upsize their downsizer making a noticeable shift towards more spacious retirement homes to match their new, relaxed lifestyle. Ingenia Lifestyle Bethania project sales manager Sharon Manson said buyers were wanting to downsize their large family home without compromising on the space, functionality and design of the home.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor3 hours ago“Many seniors are seeking out designs that feature larger internal living spaces and extra bedrooms to accommodate guests, grandchildren and additional furniture,” Ms Manson said.“Our range of floorplans means that buyers don’t have to part ways with all of their cherished belongings when downsizing, rather they are able to select a home design that complements their new lifestyle.“We have a number of new homes recently released, providing an opportune time for prospective downsizers to inspect the homes and our community.”last_img read more

Smith scores Davenport Modified win

first_imgBy Mike McGuireDAVENPORT, Iowa (July 4) – Another large field of Milan Heating and Air IMCA Modifieds was on hand Friday at Davenport Speedway with another surprise winner.Rich Smith, in just his second start at Davenport this season, led all 20 laps en route to the victory. Tony Von Dresky scored a second place finish with Bruce Hanford finishing third. Doug Crampton and Mitch Morris were fourth and fifth, respectively. Justin Kay chalked up win number four in the Petersen Plumbing & Heating IMCA Late Model action.Kay needed 23 laps to run down Mike Murphy Jr. and take the lead. Murphy finished second, with Andy Nezworski a distant third. Ray Guss Jr. and Ben Nading rounded out the top five. Tyler Soppe collected his second Hawkeye Auto IMCA SportMod win of the season. Soppe grabbed the lead after a lap five restart and never looked back. Bryce Garnhart got close but couldn’t make a pass for the lead and had to settle for second. Dustin Crear had a solid run in third and was followed to the checkers by Eric Pollard and Jarrett Franzen.last_img read more