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Lavish Store Closing

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

Lavish, the longtime gift, stationery and much more store, is closing its last door in Highland Park at the end of the month. The Maple Grove store has been shuttered already. It’s a straightforward story of small retail economics: owner Kathy Honey says the rent in St. Paul, next to Lund’s on Ford Parkway, has climbed to $13,000 a month. For a local shop selling cards, gifts and other non-essentials, “It’s proving difficult to do,” she says. All remaining merchandise is now 30 to 60 percent off.

Honey isn’t giving up, rather, rethinking her business model. She is forming a new company called A Little Lavish and plans to do gift and accessories trunk shows at senior living centers, as well as occasional sales. She hopes to have a booth at the Minnesota State Fair as well, and promises a few more tricks under her signature hat. “I’m sad for our loyal customers,” she says, “but I feel this is the wave of the future for small, independent retail.”

Until Honey launches her new blog, you can keep up with Lavish on Facebook.

Changes at Stephanie’s

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

Can't say I'm surprised: popular Highland Park boutique Stephanie's is closing its 50th & France location. Perfect example of success at one store not guaranteeing another. Stephanie Morrissey has such a great eye for fashion that it seemed like a sure-thing to bring her well-edited assortment across the river. Unfortunately, she didn't follow and her absence was obvious. The Edina store lacked the warmth and personality you feel in St. Paul. The clothes don't sell themselves – even when they're adorable. The Edina inventory will be absorbed by Highland in the coming months (translation: no blowout sale). Currently, the winter 50-70 percent off sale is still on at both locations, and some new merchandise for spring will be brought in at 50th. "We're in no hurry to leave," Morrissey said. But when they do, lines only carried at 50th, including Tibi, Genetic Denim and Shoshanna will be available in St. Paul. And while no other street addresses are planned, Morrissey is turning her attention online. She plans to open an online store and expand her inventory for that venture, while holding on to price-friendly but fashion forward brands like Costa Blanca and Urban Behavior as well as the tried and true Nicole Miller, Susana Monaco and James Jeans. Sounds like a plan. | Mpls.St.Paul Magazine © 2008 MSP Communications, Inc. All rights reserved