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Tuesday, February 9, 2021

French 75 Boutique Coming to Fort Thomas

1037 S. Fort Thomas Avenue will be the new home to a boutique gift shop, French75, in the historic Midway District. FTM file. 

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A Fort Thomas husband a wife team are combining their entrepreneurial spirits to open a new business in the historic Midway District of Fort Thomas. 

Loretta and Kevin Race will open a gift boutique called French 75 and are targeting an opening date of March 27. 

French 75 breaths new life into 1037 S. Ft. Thomas Avenue, taking over the site previously occupied by TutorGen. The space is book-ended by the Olde Fort Pub and New Garden. 

Race said she wanted her business to be embedded in her community and as soon as she saw that 1037 S. Fort Thomas Avenue had a "for rent" sign, she knew that was the spot for French 75's home. 

"I'm thrilled to be joining the successful strip of businesses there and am excited to help grow Midway District's vibrancy," said Race. 

Inspired by the classic and chic cocktail of the same name, French 75 will offer a curated collection of upscale home decor, textiles and personal gifts in addition to an extensive line of barware and accessories.

Shoppers will be invited to relax and savor a cup of hot tea in the boutique's sitting room while strolling around the well-appointed bar carts and charming home accessory-filled shelves, all infused with the French 75-invented ​cocktail couture ​style.

"Our goal is to create an inviting shopping experience where each of our customers will be able to find something truly special for their homes, their favorite friends or for themselves," said owner, Loretta Race. "As someone who enjoys entertaining, hosting and dressing up her home, I found myself growing tired of the cookie-cutter decor and accessories found at the usual big-box stores."

She said that she will be sourcing items that are produced in small batches and not found on Amazon to enable Fort Thomas and the surrounding communities to truly make their homes unique. 

"Especially since we've all been spending so much time there over the past year," said Race. 

Opening a business in a pandemic is baked into her business plan, says Race. 

"I hope French 75's diverse and eye-catching housewares, barware and personal gifts will inspire shoppers to try out a new recipe at home, host an in-person or virtual cocktail hour with friends or simply find decor inspiration from any item purchased from our boutique." 

"We won't just be a physical storefront. Our immediate phase 2 plan includes online shopping via our French 75 e-commerce site," she said. 

"Our nation's business backbone is Main Street, USA  so I truly feel I'm doing my part to restart the post-pandemic economy by opening a new local business. I am confident customers will look to French 75 to enhance their reconnection to family, friends and neighbors, whether that be through relaxing in our sitting room with complimentary tea, taking the time to browse through our upscale boutique or by following along together with our live cocktail-mixing tutorials we'll be streaming live on Facebook and Instagram."

Follow Fort Thomas Matters for more announcements and how to follow this business. 

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