Monday, October 19, 2015

Three Fort Thomas Businesses Set to Expand, Invite Community to Grand Reopening

Frances Hoffman, owner of Alterations (and now Monogramming and Party Rentals) by Frances is one of three businesses set to expand in the Highland Plaza. The businesses will be hosting a "Busting at the Seams" Reopening tomorrow, October 20. FTM file. 
Three Fort Thomas businesses are expanding and are inviting the community to celebrate their success during a grand reopening ceremony on Tuesday, October 20 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The "Busting at the Seams" expansion was cultivated because the three businesses in the back of the Highland Plaza at 654 Highland Avenue have experienced tremendous growth since opening.


Alterations by Frances, Monera Chic Boutique and Faded Finds are all renting more space and have decided to stay open longer on Tuesday as a joint promotion to celebrate their new ventures.

They will all offer sales, appetizers, drinks and extended hours as part of the promotion.

Frances Hoffman, owner of Alterations by Frances, is going to use her extra space to give her burgeoning business more room as well as to offer monogramming and party rentals. She will occupy two floors of space in the former Vito's Cafe, two doors down from her current location. The upstairs walls have all been knocked out to open up space for bridal parties.

"We just have no more room where we are," said Hoffman. "I also wanted to expand and offer monograming because I have no room for that equipment in my current space. I also do a lot of bridal alterations, which takes a lot of space. On top of that, having six women in that space working together is tight."

Hoffman said that she had wanted to offering monograming as a complimentary service of her business, but never took the plunge because other Fort Thomas businesses offered that as their core business.

"Love Letters was here in town and doing a great job, but when they closed there was not really a shop in town that offered it," she said. "Party rentals will now be easier to showcase as well. We will have some dedicated space upstairs with tables, chairs and centerpieces."

Hoffman said that she will not be offering inventory for monogramming, but that customers can bring in items to have monogrammed.

“The three businesses have meshed well together. We all complement one another and it’s been a really good situation. Monera, for instance, will sell some clothing and accessories that you could bring in and have monogramed here," she said. "It’s a cool little shopping center with businesses that work really hard and deal with home decor and fashion and when we get hungry we walk up to Cobblestone. It’s been a good situation for us and we are looking forward to expanding.”

Monera Chic Boutique is doubling the size of their retail space by renting space adjacent to their current space. Formerly, the space was being shared for storage. Monera sells clothing, accessories and jewelry.

Tera Huddleston opens up the door to the new space that Monera Chic Boutique will occupy.  FTM file. 
“Everybody in the community has supported us so much. I think Fort Thomas really needed this type of business because the demand has been so great," said Monica Bruns-Howard, co-owner of Monera Chic Boutique. "It’ll be a good experience for us and the customers. We should be able to offer more items and display them so the shopping experience will be improved.”

Tera Huddleston, co-owner of Monera Chic Boutique agreed with those sentiments.

"We wouldn’t be here without our customers, who have been so wonderful. We are expanding because of them."

Faded Finds, owned by Heidi Dutcher Barrett, is expanding her retail space to some adjacent space that was all formerly part of Vito's Cafe. It was being used as shared space as well.

Faded Finds sells refurbished furniture, vintage goods, home accessories and unique handmade gifts. She also specializes in Up cycled furniture, custom painted pieces and interior design services.

She will have 20% off all merchandise.
Faded Finds will now be sandwiched by Alterations and Monogramming by Frances and Monera Chic Boutique. All three businesses will now occupy space in the former Vito's Cafe. FTM file. 

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