Longtime Arnold hair salon proprietor opens women’s clothes boutique in New Kensington

A pair of ventilation fans blowing out the aroma of chocolate made use of to…

A pair of ventilation fans blowing out the aroma of chocolate made use of to draw persons into a storefront on New Kensington’s Fifth Avenue.

Which is when Herman’s Nuts and Sweets was positioned there.

Today, it’s women’s clothes from models known in Los Angeles and New York that are bringing men and women through the door at Chlo’s Boutique.

Kimberly Waltenbaugh got her new retailer opened in time to attract in crowds who experienced appear for the opening of Las Hachas, an ax throwing organization throughout the road. She’s also experienced shoppers appear from AngelWing, a yoga studio and wellness center down the highway.

An Arnold indigenous and 1981 Valley Substantial graduate, Waltenbaugh, 58, ran Amore, a full-services salon, in Arnold for much more than 20 years. She closed it three several years in the past.

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

“With the companies increasing in New Ken, I was so fired up to see New Ken on the lookout the way it is,” she mentioned. “There’s no boutiques down there. There’s practically nothing in this location like that, primarily what we provide.”

The retailer is named right after Waltenbaugh’s daughter, Chloe Kuffel, who is supporting her mother.

“We ended up sitting down all over seeking to figure out a quirky very little pun title,” Kuffel explained. “Everyone phone calls me ‘Chlo’ — clothes, Chlo. The moment persons find out, they assume it’s pretty clever.”

Waltenbaugh’s all-new inventory spans relaxed to dressy and almost official, from measurement zero to plus sizes, for all ages. New inventory comes daily, and rotates for the seasons.

“No distributors all around below have a whole lot of these models,” she stated. “My most significant issue is receiving my inventory. It’s coming in little by little.”

And other than for the blue denims, everything is black and white.

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

Waltenbaugh, a self-described “fashionista,” mentioned she charges anything to be pretty inexpensive.

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

Waltenbaugh remaining her job as a payroll supervisor with Allegheny Ludlum in downtown Pittsburgh to open Amore. Its closing was not for a deficiency of small business — Kuffel said her mother was from time to time operating until finally 10 at night time.

“After 20 some decades, I was burned out,” Waltenbaugh stated. “No weekends, no holidays, no almost nothing.”

But just after closing the salon, Waltenbaugh kept executing nails out of her dwelling to retain hectic.

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

Waltenbaugh and her partner, Donald, place in lengthy hours having their house next to the new UPMC St. Margaret Family Health and fitness Middle all set for the boutique’s opening.

“I wished to be open up for Las Hachas’ grand opening,” she explained. “Everybody that arrived in bought a thing. There was not a single person who confirmed up that did not depart with a bag.”

Waltenbaugh describes Chlo’s Boutique as tiny and intimate.

“I believe I’m heading to outgrow it,” she said. “We’ll see how it goes.”

Brian C. Rittmeyer is a Tribune-Assessment workers writer. You can get hold of Brian at 724-226-4701, brittmeyer@triblive.com or via Twitter .