Buzz: New clothing store to open in Chapel Hill

Jan. 18, 2014 @ 12:07 PM

Bluetique opening:  A women’s clothing boutique called Bluetique Cheap Chic is planning to open up in Chapel Hill at 318 W. Franklin St., which has been the address of the gift and home decoration store Somethin’ Else.

Bluetique got its start in Lexington, Ky., in 2011, and has expanded to more locations in Kentucky, Ohio, Virginia and Tennessee. In addition to the store in Chapel Hill, another shop is planned to open in Raleigh.

Whitney Rhorer, marketing director for Bluetique, said the Raleigh location will open first in early February, followed by the store in Chapel Hill.

She said the business targets women ages 18 to 35 years, selling clothing and accessories for below $70 per item. She said they plan to offer a lot of baby-blue-colored clothing at the Chapel Hill store, and red clothing in Raleigh.

“We typically kind of cater to that female that’s in school, that likes to support her teams for school,” she said.


Womancraft Handcrafted Gifts has moved: The artist cooperative Womancraft Handcrafted Gifts has moved to Carrboro.

The shop moved from The Shops at Eastgate in Chapel Hill to 370 E. Main St. in Carrboro.

The new location is in the 300 East Main development on the first floor of the Hampton Inn & Suites, next to where the East Main Meatball Shoppe and Esquina Empanada and Tequila are opening. The development is also home to a new restaurant, Hickory Tavern, which is now open for dinner.

Patti Benedict, a spokeswoman for the development and a partner behind it, said Hickory Tavern is open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m.

There are more than 70 local artists who contribute handcrafted items from pottery to quilts to woodworking to baskets to home accessories as well as all types of glass to Womancraft Hancrafted Gifts. The shop also has jewelry cases with fine gold, silver and other mixed metals. 

It also has artwork by painters, fiber artists and photographers and clothing, from hand-dyed silk scarves & woven shawls, to applique sweaters, t-shirts, baby items and children’s clothing.

Rumor has it that a new Petco will go into the gift shop’s old space at Eastgate in Chapel Hill, combining with another space next door. Petco officials haven’t confirmed the opening.


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