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

Robert Hundley

A pair of air flow followers blowing out the aroma of chocolate employed to draw men and women into a storefront on New Kensington’s Fifth Avenue.

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

Today, it is women’s garments from brands acknowledged in Los Angeles and New York that are bringing persons by the doorway at Chlo’s Boutique.

Kimberly Waltenbaugh received her new shop opened in time to attract in crowds who had come for the opening of Las Hachas, an ax throwing small business across the street. She’s also experienced clients appear from AngelWing, a yoga studio and wellness centre down the street.

An Arnold indigenous and 1981 Valley High graduate, Waltenbaugh, 58, ran Amore, a total-company salon, in Arnold for far more than 20 several years. She closed it a few many years back.

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

“With the enterprises increasing in New Ken, I was so energized to see New Ken looking the way it is,” she reported. “There’s no boutiques down there. There’s practically nothing in this place like that, particularly what we offer.”

The store is named following Waltenbaugh’s daughter, Chloe Kuffel, who is helping her mother.

“We were sitting all-around seeking to determine out a quirky very little pun name,” Kuffel stated. “Everyone calls me ‘Chlo’ — outfits, Chlo. As soon as persons locate out, they consider it’s really intelligent.”

Waltenbaugh’s all-new inventory spans relaxed to dressy and nearly official, from sizing zero to moreover dimensions, for all ages. New inventory arrives everyday, and rotates for the seasons.

“No distributors all around here carry a large amount of these brand names,” she claimed. “My most significant challenge is acquiring my inventory. It’s coming in bit by bit.”

And except for the blue denims, almost everything is black and white.

“Everything in here is a staple in a woman’s closet,” Waltenbaugh explained. “Black and white is timeless. It never ever goes out of type.”

Waltenbaugh, a self-described “fashionista,” explained she selling prices everything to be extremely inexpensive.

“It was priced for the space,” she stated.

Waltenbaugh left her position as a payroll supervisor with Allegheny Ludlum in downtown Pittsburgh to open Amore. Its closing was not for a lack of business — Kuffel stated her mother was from time to time functioning until finally 10 at night time.

“After 20 some decades, I was burned out,” Waltenbaugh claimed. “No weekends, no holiday seasons, no very little.”

But immediately after closing the salon, Waltenbaugh kept undertaking nails out of her home to maintain busy.

“She doesn’t know how to settle down,” Kuffel mentioned. “This is anything she preferred to do for a whilst. We’re all supporting her. I really like style, much too, so we determined to go for it.”

Waltenbaugh and her husband, Donald, place in prolonged several hours having their area subsequent to the new UPMC St. Margaret Spouse and children Overall health Center completely ready for the boutique’s opening.

“I desired to be open up for Las Hachas’ grand opening,” she stated. “Everybody that came in acquired anything. There wasn’t a person man or woman who showed up that didn’t go away with a bag.”

Waltenbaugh describes Chlo’s Boutique as compact and personal.

“I think I’m going to outgrow it,” she reported. “We’ll see how it goes.”

Brian C. Rittmeyer is a Tribune-Review staff members writer. You can speak to Brian at 724-226-4701, [email protected] or by way of Twitter .

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