"What a great journey. A great story. It's going to be a great addition in Fort Thomas," said Economic Director, Debbie Buckley. "I'm emotional because it's more than just opening a business, for them it's about fulfilling a dream."
Bruns-Howard began making jewelry with her daughter at her home in Fort Thomas. She and Huddleston are both mothers raised in Fort Thomas and now live here raising their children. "Going through treatment, I just had to do something. Monica was very supportive and helpful through my roller coaster ride. Our community was also wonderful to my family and we would have not been able to make it through like we did with our support,"said Huddleston.
"We actually started our little business and was calling it '2 Friends and a Daughter,'" said Bruns-Howard. "When we really started getting into it and were having to make more and more, my daughter finally just said 'Mom, I'm done.'"
They began selling hand-made beaded jewelry and slowly added different items by requests from their customers. They now offer clothing, "blingy" hats, scarves, jewelry, flip flops and purses. About 30% of their merchandise is hand-made.
The ribbon cutting yesterday at 654 Highlands Avenue in a divided space in the old Vito's Cafe location, was well attended. Fort Thomas Business Association President, Tracy Davis, joined Monera's owners as well. "Monera has a great selections, unique and trendy choices. Since Three French Hens left we have not had a store solely devoted to clothing and accessories, so it's a nice addition to our quaint town with fabulous shops.
Heidi Dutcher-Barrett, of Perfect Pallet, designed the store around Monera's business card, the design and the tagline which is fittingly, "Fabulous, Fun, Affordable. "From the displays, painting on the walls, curtains - we just wanted it to feel fabulous and fun."
"Our goal is to have something for all age groups, 'Everything A Girl Wants.' We made the plunge to open a store because when we were holding our open houses our friends kept asking for more. Everyone loved our jewelry but everyone really loved our price point as well," said Huddleston.
Their hours of operation will be: Monday 10-6, Tuesday 10-7, Wednesday 10-7, Thursday 10-6, Friday 10-6, Saturday 10-4