Just Because Boutique opens in Northville with new owner, fresh ideas

Carla Kolbe, the new owner of Just Because Boutique, stands by the sign located outside of the store Thursday. The grand opening of the Northville business is being held Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (The Leader-Herald/Briana O’Hara)

NORTHVILLE — With spring finally here and the flowers beginning to sprout, Just Because Boutique is also ready to bloom under its new ownership, Carla Kolbe.

The grand opening for the Just Because Boutique is Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“For me it is exciting to be a part of this,” Kolbe said≥

Just Because Boutique is a store with a variety of clothing for women that is always changing. The boutique is mostly geared toward women, with a few junior and plus sizes

“It’s a really unique boutique for women with clothing and accessories,” Kolbe said.

She said customers can find items at Just Because Boutique that they might find at other boutiques like in Saratoga, but the difference is Just Because Boutique keeps their prices affordable. Kolbe said they don’t order clothes in mass quantities, but instead order an item in each size and once all those, go they no longer will sell that specific item. She said they order their clothing from clothing shows and each week new items come in.

“Although it’s a small boutique, there’s always something new,” Kolbe said.

Kolbe took over the boutique Jan. 2, from the former owner Bonnie Quackenbush who began the business six years ago. The boutique is now going on its seventh year of being in business.

Kolbe said that Quackenbush began as an interior designer, threw a scarf on something, and everything started selling. Quackenbush then transitioned to the women’s boutique.

Quackenbush said she first began with her store Beautiful Interiors which was half antique and half decorations shop. She said she transitioned it into Just Because Boutique in 2011.

Kolbe said last summer Quackenbush gave her a call and said she was thinking about retirement and thought Kolbe would be the perfect fit for the store.

“I felt Carla would be a good person to take it over,” Quackenbush said. “Her heart is in it.”

Kolbe said other than loving the location of the boutique, she is excited to be in business. She said for the last six years she has shopped at the boutique all the time.

“It’s the type of inventory store that I can be excited about,” Kolbe said. “I truly believe that the customers will like what I choose and I can service clientele.”

Kolbe said her and Quackenbush have very similar interests when it comes to style and choosing items for the boutique. She said at one of the clothing shows, they both showed interest in the same exact dress.

People can expect to find the great styles of fashion that Quackenbush brought to the boutique that Kolbe plans to continue herself.

“[Customers] can expect some new and exciting changes as well,” Kolbe said.

Some of the new designers customers will continue to see are LuLu B, Simply Noel and Karen Hart. Some of the new designers Kolbe plans to bring in are Clara Sun Woo and Jess and Jane.

This summer, Kolbe plans to bring in a skin care line and a light fragrance line. She hopes they will be in around Mother’s Day.

“I’m perpetually trying to bring in something that is going to be unique,” Kolbe said.

Since Just Because Boutique is a small shop, Kolbe said her and the employees are very one-on-one with the customers.

“The fun part about being here is enjoying our clientele and dressing them and trying to get to know what is the perfect fit for them,” Kolbe said.

Kolbe said she also enjoys the location of the boutique being in Northville. She said being on Main Street is exciting with the constant foot traffic in the summer.

“I think Northville has proven to be very welcoming to women in business,” Kolbe said.

She said there is a lot of women in business in Northville. Joyce Teshoney who owns the Adirondack Country Store recently nominated for the Small Business Award and there is Donna Breda, who owns the Red Barn Antiques.

Northville also has a quaint historic charm and it being surrounded by water on three sides makes it a great vacation spot, Kolbe said.

From the grand opening on Saturday through June, the store will be open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. In the summer it will be open on Mondays. Kolbe also plans to be open throughout winter months on Saturdays or by appointment.

By Kerry Minor

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