Watch now: Monroe Street gets dressed up with 2 new women’s clothing stores | Business News

Mark A. Carlson

She also spent 14 years owning and operating her photography studio and inevitably, she would find herself consulting high school students on what to wear for their senior portraits. That experience encouraged her to open a 1,200-square-foot clothing store in Viroqua’s downtown in October 2019.






Trend Boutique

The Trend Boutique is the newest clothing store to open on Monroe Street and is across the street from the Monroe Street branch of the Madison Public Library.




Her business survived the disruptions caused by the pandemic thanks to online sales but like Astin, is committed to in-person sales, a physical retail space and racks and shelves of clothing. Trend Boutique, which opened in early November, joins other Monroe Street clothing stores like Hive, Rupert Cornelius, Good Day Shop, Zip-Dang and now Sunne Boutique.

“I’m super excited about our Monroe Street location,” Olson said. “I knew I wanted to be in

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Costa Mesa woman charged after stealing over $300,000 in designer merchandise from SoCal stores: DA

Mark A. Carlson

A woman was charged Friday with multiple felonies for stealing items worth more than $328,000 from Nordstrom Rack and TJ Maxx stores in Orange County.

Ekatarina Zharkova is accused of shoplifting merchandise worth more than $300,000. (Orange County Sheriff's Department)
Ekatarina Zharkova is accused of shoplifting merchandise worth more than $300,000. (Orange County Sheriff’s Department)

Ekaterina Zharkova, 38, of Costa Mesa, was charged with four felony counts of grand theft, one felony count of receiving stolen property and seven misdemeanor counts of petty theft, the Orange County District Attorney’s Office said in a news release.

Additionally, she has other open felony grand theft cases in Orange and Los Angeles counties, and is currently wanted on a $320,000 warrant after she failed to appear in another such case Friday.

Between Oct. 7 and Nov. 23, Zharkova is accused of going to several TJ Maxx and Nordstrom Rack stores in Costa Mesa, Fountain Valley and Tustin, where she filled empty shopping bags with thousands of dollars of

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Woman drives from store to store across Greensboro giving away food

Mark A. Carlson

GREENSBORO, N.C. (WGHP) — When Tanckii Obair hits the road, her weekly errands are more than a shopping trip.

“Just giving somebody a joyful experience rather than the hardship they might be going through at the time,” she said.

She drives from store to store across Greensboro hoping people will notice the sign on the back of her SUV inviting them to grab food from the attached cart.

“You never know what a person is going through, and it might be situational,” Obair said.

Obair understands the challenges of circumstances.

Her daughter Nalani received a liver transplant during the pandemic as an 8-month-old baby.

Before that, Obair says her family had the opportunity to stay at a Ronald McDonald House.

Giving away food is her way of extending the generosity she has received to someone else.

“I’ve never had an opportunity before this to give back,” she said.

She’s been

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Small Business Saturday: App connects shoppers to women-owned businesses in Utah

Mark A. Carlson

UTAH (ABC4) – Now that the holiday shopping season is in full swing, there’s no better time to support your local businesses around town.

A new initiative based in Salt Lake City is helping some of those small businesses, specifically women-owned businesses. The initiative is spreading the word by using the hashtag, “#TisHerSeason” to encourage supporting small, women-owned businesses in Utah.

Sara Sparhawk, a local Utahn, is the founder and COO of West Tenth, an app that allows you to find and shop the talents of the local women in your community.

“It’s a way to really aggregate these women-owned businesses that you can’t find unless you’re in their small social circles,” says Sparhawk. “We have such incredibly talented women in our local communities and we just need a way to find them a little easier.”

Sparhawk says historically,

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Displays of liberation: How Selfridges revolutionised shopping for women

Mark A. Carlson

Shopping as we know it is a relatively new phenomenon. Before the emergence of large department stores in the US, particularly with Marshall Fields and in the UK with Selfridges, the experience of shopping was very different from what we know today. These stores, guided by Harry Selfridge, transformed shopping from being something transactional into something experience based. The story of this development relates to themes of commercial practices, design aesthetics and female liberation.

In her book, Shopping, Seduction and Mr. Selfridge, Lindy Woodhead explains the state of shopping before the proliferation of multi-faceted department stores. She writes that “before Selfridge, window-dressing in London had been haphazard.” She also notes that “some of the bigger stores had a nominal display manager, but visual presentations were rarely planned to a theme and…in most cases, it was merely a case of showing the diversity of stock, which often involved putting one of

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Woman found shot to death in Highlands Ranch, suspect found dead

Mark A. Carlson

HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. (KDVR) – UPDATE: The woman found dead and the suspect believed to have shot her have been identified.

Jamie Sullivan, 49, is the deceased woman. Art Valentine, 55, has been identified as the suspect who shot her.

EARLIER STORY: A woman was found shot to death in her car and the suspect was later found dead Saturday.

Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Captain Darren Weekly said it is believed that the suspect “died by his own hands” and that the victim and suspect were “known to each other.”

DCSO said officers were at an “active crime scene” in the area of Park Central Drive in Highlands Ranch Saturday morning.

Police told FOX31 they received a call at 8:55 a.m. about a woman found shot and killed in her car in a parking lot in the Central Park shopping complex.

Officers added they were looking for a suspect who

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Woman arrested after 4-month-old baby was found alone in a Walmart shopping cart in Northport

Mark A. Carlson

NORTHPORT, Ala. (WIAT) — A Tuscaloosa woman has been arrested after a 4-month-old baby girl was found alone in a shopping cart at the Northport Walmart Thursday.

According to the North Police Department, officers responded to a call of a 4-month-old baby girl was found at the Walmart Super Center on the 5700 block of McFarland Boulevard just after 8:30 p.m. Thursday. Walmart employees found the baby and immediately called authorities.

A purse that was found in the cart led to police making contact with Melissa Smith, 37, who was found on the Walmart property. Smith, who had custody of the baby but is not believed to be the child’s mother, was subsequently arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, methamphetamine possession and second-degree possession of marijuana.

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Woman arrested after shooting at Kentwood shopping center

Mark A. Carlson

KENTWOOD, Mich. (WOOD) — Shots were fired by a woman in a car while leaving a shopping center Friday evening, Kentwood authorities say.

Witnesses told Kentwood officers that they saw two women in some sort of argument within a store while Christmas shopping on Friday night. Once they left the store, one of the women fired shots from her vehicle at the other woman and drove away. About three or four shots were reported to be fired.

A child was in the suspect’s vehicle during the incident, police said.

The victim also left the shopping center afterward. No injuries have been reported.

Kentwood police were able to arrest and charge the shooter with the help of the Grand Rapids and East Grand Rapids police departments.

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REI Cyber Monday deals 2021: Jackets, accessories and more

Mark A. Carlson

Looking for more holiday deals? Visit our Guide to Cyber Week to see all the best sales to shop during Cyber Monday.

REI’s Cyber Week deals are on now, and whether you’re looking for jackets, outdoor gear or just a cozy fleece for the winter, there are plenty of options to be found on the virtual shelves. Now through December 6, REI is hosting a sale on great brands like prAna, Hydro Flask, Arc-teryx and Columbia marked way down (making it a great time to get some gift shopping done, too).

We’ve rounded up a few of the best picks from the REI sale for men, women and kids that you can shop now.

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This super-soft sweater has a waffle-knit style and a highly layerable thickness that’s made for wearing on its own on cool evenings or adding a jacket over on cold ones.

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Keep snacks cool

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Midtown Pop-Up Shops open for business in Oklahoma City

Mark A. Carlson

OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – Plenty of folks are in Oklahoma City’s Midtown district, searching for the perfect Christmas gifts for their loved ones.

The Midtown Holiday Pop-Up Shops are back for their ninth year at Northwest 10th and Hudson.

Organizers say it’s one-stop shopping for everyone on your list, out in the cool, open air, away from the hustle and bustle usually found in shopping malls this time of year.

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Midtown Holiday Pop-Up Shops

The pop-up shops are local businesses that rely on community support. Some of the businesses are still struggling due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Organizers say you’re bound to find something for even the toughest person on your shopping list.

“We have women’s

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7 businesses to support online in 2021

Mark A. Carlson

After a difficult year for businesses everywhere, shopping at local mom and pop shops is more important now than ever. If you are looking for a reason to shop beyond Black Friday, Small Business Saturday has finally arrived and is the perfect time to show some love to your favorite local stores. Plus, it is a great way to get some gift shopping done ahead of the holidays.

To help you make the most of Small Business Saturday, Meaghan Murphy, a lifestyle expert and the editor-in-chief of Woman’s Day, kicked off Hoda & Jenna’s “Ho-Ho-Holiday Shopping” to share seven small businesses across the country to support.

Keep reading to shop mugs, jewelry, nail polish and more.

Don’t forget to check out Shop TODAY’s 2021 Gift Guide to find the perfect present for everyone on your list!

Aloha & Light was founded by Janel Santa Ana, a Honolulu mother with four

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Iowa’s COVID-induced support for shopping local shows staying power

Mark A. Carlson

While Des Moines metro shop owners hope to greet throngs of customers on Small Business Saturday this weekend, some say they’re even happier to see consumers embracing shopping local year-round.

Many central Iowa consumers began prioritizing local shopping to help neighborhood businesses survive the pandemic, but the habit has stuck, small business owners said.

“It hit most people that these stores aren’t going to be able to survive unless we can find some way to show them some support,” said Kelsey Mihalovich, owner of Hinge on 5th, a women’s boutique in Valley Junction that sells apparel and home décor.

Iowans’ increased focus on shopping local this holiday season was borne out by results of a new Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa Poll conducted Nov. 7-10. In this second holiday season since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, 55% of Iowans say they’re patronizing local stores more for their shopping than

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On Small Business Saturday, shop women-owned stores in New England

Mark A. Carlson

All pandemic long, women who own small businesses have hustled to make ends meet and see their dreams realized.

And Saturday, Nov. 27 will provide an opportunity to support them wherever you live, as shopping for the holiday season gets underway with the 12th annual Small Business Saturday.

Backed by American Express beginning in 2010, Small Business Saturday always occurs on the weekend after Thanksgiving. The idea is to get people to “shop small” or “shop local,” a contrast to doing business at big box stores owned by large corporations, which many do the frenzied day before, on Black Friday.

More:Female small-business owners faced extra hurdles during pandemic shutdowns

Women business ownership in the U.S. is on the rise, according to Census data, but it still lags that of men. For women of color specifically, the likelihood of owning a business is even less, due to structural racism and

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The Dedham Exchange is a century-old gift shop readers still love

Mark A. Carlson

Readers Weigh In

“We work hard in the shop and then all the money that we earned goes back out into the community.”

Readers named The Dedham Exchange, a non-profit, artisan gift shop, as one of the best stores in the Greater Boston area.

To call the Dedham Exchange an old standby of the Greater Boston area would undersell what it means to its devoted customer base. The artisan gift shop, which has been in Dedham since 1914, and has stood the test of time serving the community that keeps it thriving. 

Ahead of the holiday season, we asked Boston.com readers to reflect on the local businesses they most love and several of our readers named the Dedham Exchange as one of their favorites. Their finely-crafted gifts bring customers to the store, but for some readers, its the mission of the place that keeps them coming back. 

  • Looking to shop

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Shop for a good cause this weekend

Mark A. Carlson

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) – You can help support a local organization this weekend simply by going shopping. Dress for Success is hosting its fall closet sale.

From shoes, to coats, to jewelry – there’s a lit bit of everything ready for shoppers at this weekend’s closet sale.

It opened to the public this morning at the EmBe downtown location at 11th and Dakota.

The event serves as a fundraiser for the organization.

“It’s a great way to replenish your wardrobe but then also make a donation to support what we do because our services are free for the clients that we serve and free for the agencies that refer them and so we do need to keep funding those services,” volunteer and client coordinator, Julia Price Lee said.

Courtney Middendorff volunteers as a career and suiting coach and knows the

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COVID Changed Women’s Shopping Behaviors, Desires, And Expectations According To New National Study From Meredith And The Harris Poll

Mark A. Carlson

More than 8 in 10 women say their shopping habits have permanently changed since the pandemic

NEW YORK, Nov. 16, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — The COVID-19 pandemic has created space for women to reprioritize their energy and resources, including re-evaluating what matters most when it comes to retail, according to a new exclusive national study from Meredith Corporation and The Harris Poll.

“Women are using their time during the pandemic to re-evaluate all aspects of their lives, from everyday routines to deeper evolution around their life goals and health,” said Britta Cleveland, Meredith’s Senior Vice President for Research Solutions. “This means change ahead for retail, as women look to turn their new priorities into action.”

Among the many other notable findings, the Meredith-Harris Poll study reveals three key shopping trends accelerated by the pandemic:

#1: Creating demand now starts with digital
#2: In-store retail needs a glow-up as digital

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Scoop: Girl Tribe’s opening an experiential retail store in Birkdale

Mark A. Carlson

Rendering: Courtesy of Girl Tribe

Girl Supply, an Instagrammable immersive shopping experience from the creators of Girl Tribe, plans to open in early 2022 in Huntersville’s Birkdale Village. Expect hands-on stations like a balloon bar and DIY candle-making.

What’s happening: Girl Supply is the next step for Girl Tribe, the powerhouse brand co-founded by Sarah Baucom and Carrie Barker that’s known for its support of women, trendy tees and clothing and pop-ups.

  • “What we learned is that we have three main skills: providing large-scale experience events, unique retail and having a ton of fun doing all of it,” Lindsay Harden, Girl Tribe’s public relations and marketing coordinator, said.
  • Girl Supply will be a culmination of those things with a curated selected of women-owned brands, local vendors, photo ops and hands-on experiences.

Why it matters: Unlike traditional brick-and-mortar, Girl Supply will be a destination where shoppers will get to know the

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Police investigating recent robberies targeting women at local shopping centers | News

Mark A. Carlson


We’re learning more about a purse snatching outside Holyoke Mall on Wednesday. Now, police are asking for the community’s help to find the suspects.







HOLYOKE, MA (WGGB/WSHM) — We’re learning more about a purse snatching outside Holyoke Mall on Wednesday. Now, police are asking for the community’s help to find the suspects.

We’ve been following developments as police in at least two communities are investigating robberies targeting female shoppers. The most recent involved a woman being assaulted in the Holyoke Mall parking lot. The suspect running off with her purse.

A string of purse snatchings in western Massachusetts has female shoppers feeling on edge.

“Makes me feel nervous and sad,” said Michelle Bienia.

Holyoke Police told Western Mass News that an 80-year-old woman was assaulted in the Holyoke Mall parking lot, outside Macy’s, around 2:15 p.m. Wednesday. Officers said a

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14 Women-Owned Shops Shifting the Home and Design Space in America

Mark A. Carlson

You don’t have to be a certified shopping expert to understand that no retail experience would be possible without the humans running the whole operation. When you choose to support a small business, your purchase is making an even bigger impact on the lives of the people behind them. So often shop owners go uncredited for their labor of love at the expense of staying humble and focused on the grind. We know that with a great eye comes even greater responsibility and want to celebrate some of the women who have been on our radar.

These 13 design retailers are bringing new life and meaning to homes across the U.S. with their covetable vintage finds and impeccably diverse discoveries. (While we’ve compiled lists of the best home decor shops in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and the Pacific Northwest, there are so many other regions in America worth exploring.)

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Highland Park Village’s new women-owned boutiques blend rich stories with unique styles

Mark A. Carlson

Highland Park Village has a glittery reputation, really worldwide in some echelons, but even regulars may not realize the Dallas shopping center has a soft spot for lifting local designers.

While Highland Park’s town square is known for European and American designer brands, from Hermès and Chanel to Tom Ford and Alice + Olivia, and really expensive jewelry shopping, Highland Park Village has reserved a row of its sought-after real estate for local designer merchants.

“While we do have incredible brands known worldwide, we want to support local designers,” said Victoria Snee, chief marketing officer for the 90-year-old shopping center at Preston Road and Mockingbird Lane. “It’s intentional that designers from our community can have a great spot in Highland Park Village.”

The row of shops on the south side of the center’s middle building houses longtime local businesses: Deno’s shoe repair shop (since 1960), Peepers eyewear and optical (1976),

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