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

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

That’s when Herman’s Nuts and Chocolates was located there.

Today, it is women’s clothing from makes acknowledged in Los Angeles and New York that are bringing individuals through the door at Chlo’s Boutique.

Kimberly Waltenbaugh received her new store opened in time to draw in crowds who had arrive for the opening of Las Hachas, an ax throwing business throughout the road. She’s also experienced consumers appear from AngelWing, a yoga studio and wellness center down the road.

An Arnold native and 1981 Valley Large graduate, Waltenbaugh, 58, ran Amore, a total-provider salon, in Arnold for more than 20 a long time. She closed it a few several years ago.

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

“With the organizations increasing in New Ken, I was so excited to see New Ken wanting the way it is,” she mentioned. “There’s no boutiques down there. There is absolutely nothing in this spot like that, specially what we sell.”

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

“We were sitting down all over attempting to figure out a quirky tiny pun identify,” Kuffel explained. “Everyone calls me ‘Chlo’ — apparel, Chlo. At the time individuals find out, they consider it’s pretty clever.”

Waltenbaugh’s all-new stock spans casual to dressy and virtually official, from dimension zero to as well as dimensions, for all ages. New stock comes everyday, and rotates for the seasons.

“No suppliers close to here carry a lot of these models,” she said. “My most important dilemma is getting my stock. It is coming in bit by bit.”

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

“Everything in right here is a staple in a woman’s closet,” Waltenbaugh mentioned. “Black and white is timeless. It in no way goes out of design.”

Waltenbaugh, a self-explained “fashionista,” reported she rates anything to be very economical.

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

Waltenbaugh left her task as a payroll supervisor with Allegheny Ludlum in downtown Pittsburgh to open Amore. Its closing was not for a absence of enterprise — Kuffel stated her mother was sometimes doing work till 10 at night time.

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

But following closing the salon, Waltenbaugh held doing nails out of her residence to hold fast paced.

“She does not know how to settle down,” Kuffel reported. “This is one thing she required to do for a although. We’re all supporting her. I adore manner, way too, so we made a decision to go for it.”

Waltenbaugh and her spouse, Donald, place in extended hours acquiring their place upcoming to the new UPMC St. Margaret Family Health Centre prepared for the boutique’s opening.

“I required to be open for Las Hachas’ grand opening,” she mentioned. “Everybody that arrived in purchased some thing. There was not one person who confirmed up that did not leave with a bag.”

Waltenbaugh describes Chlo’s Boutique as tiny and personal.

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

Brian C. Rittmeyer is a Tribune-Assessment workers author. You can make contact with Brian at 724-226-4701, [email protected] or by means of Twitter .