Clovis women turn fashion sense into dollars and cents

FRESNO, California

Stylish outfits at affordable prices, that's what Katrina Hernandez and her partner Kim Baretto say sets their store apart. The two women recently opened KK&Co. in Old Town Clovis to sell clothes and accessories. "As mothers with growing families we were constantly conscious about our budget," said Hernandez. Before they opened the boutique, the women gained a loyal following by testing out the market with an online store. The online store gave them the buzz they needed to branch out. She said, "We promote that a lot of our stuff is made here in the U.S. and local, people like that."

The pair now hopes people will love the boutique's partnership with locally based designer, Huab Vue. Vue, a stay-at-home mom, hand stiches all her creations. Vue said, "That drove me to find fabrics that were comfortable, silhouettes that are figure friendly for real women. She is of Hmong descent and takes traditional textiles and patterns and recreates them in a modern way.

The Clovis Chamber of Commerce's Fran Blackney says this is a good time to set up shop in Old Town Clovis. She said, "We have a couple of new shops here in Old Town. The Old Town vacancy rate is only 2% so when a shop goes vacant it's leased real quickly so we're excited about that."

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