A clothing boutique chain with a mission to give back has opened its first area store.
By JOYCE SMITH
The Kansas City Star
Altard State, based in Knoxville, Tenn., says it serves women whether they are 16 or 60 who want to express their personality in stylish, comfortable, and trendy clothes, shoes and accessories. Items include cap-sleeved lace dresses, Minnetonka Woodstock knee-high boots or fringe leather cowboy boots, eyelet peplum tops, denim distressed dresses, striped sweaters, and crocheted sunglass cases for children.
The company also tries to contribute to area communities where its has stores. Mondays are Mission Mondays, and 10 percent of net profits are donated to local charities.
A portion of sales of its in-house Altard State clothing and accessories line also helps feed, clothe, educate and shelter children in need. It also stocks vendors who do the same, such as Toms shoes, FashionAble scarves, Krochet Kids and FEED programs that help feed the poor in developing countries or create sustainable businesses.
Altard States now has 19 stores in about dozen states.
Filling Park Place
Several new tenants will be opening in Leawoods Park Place this spring and summer.
Title Nine, a chain store based in the San Francisco area, plans to open at 5291 W. 116th Place, across from Mestizo by Aaron Sanchez. The company designs and sells womens athletic clothing and sportswear that moves from work to workout to weekend. It also offers a variety of sports bras in a wide range of sizes and personalized bra fittings.
Other previously announced new tenants set to open in the next few weeks include:
Romanelli Sun Galleria will take a space at 5261 W. 116th Place, next to Tallulahbelles. It will sell nearly 60 different collections of luxury and active-wear sport sunglasses, including Cartier, Chrome Hearts, Chanel, Maui Jim and Oakley. Owners Felix Milman and Roman Beznovsky also own three Romanelli Optix shops in Kansas City, Leawood and Overland Park.
A painting party place; a childrens apparel, shoe and gift store; and a seafood restaurant also are scheduled to open soon.
Park Place, at 117th Street and Nall Avenue, has local, regional and national specialty shops, restaurants, a boutique hotel, services, and office tenants.
Leasing in Lees summit
Summit Fair in Lees Summit is filling about 10,000 square feet with new tenants in the next few months.
• Loft, womens clothing and accessories, and a sister store to Ann Taylor, plans an April opening at 860 N.W. Blue Parkway, Suite T, next to Coldwater Creek.
• Francescas, a womens clothing and accessory chain store, will open in July at 860 N.W. Blue Parkway, Suite L.
• Shear Madness Haircuts for Kids, a hair salon for children offering mounted car styling chairs for younger children or PlayStations at the styling stations for older children, along with TVs, plans a May opening at 950 N.W. Blue Parkway, Suite B. The salon also will have a childrens retail section called Youniquey Boutiquey.
• Salon Ami, a locally-owned salon specializing in health and beauty with a holistic approach, also plans a May opening at 930 N.W. Blue Parkway, Suite J. It also has a location in Independence.
Summit Fair is a 500,000-square-foot development at Interstate 470 and U.S. 50. The center, anchored by Macys and J.C. Penney, also includes home furnishings, mens and womens fashion, fast-casual eateries, and full-service restaurants.