EAST WINDSOR, CT – After two and a half years of successful selling women’s clothing online, Broad Brook resident Kari Betancourt is expanding her business by opening a retail store in the heart of the village.
At 6 p.m. on Friday, Betancourt will officially open the doors of The Change Co. store at 139 Main Street. Since its construction in 1935, the building has housed several restaurants and drinking establishments: Elaine’s Pizza, Adams Den, Tommy’s, Eisenhower’s, to name a few. However, for the first time a retail store will occupy the site and Betancourt is delighted with the many renovations that have been carried out.
“I started to think about it seriously at the start of winter and decided I wanted to be more in the community,” she told Patch during a visit Thursday. “I have a good sized local audience, and it’s a great way for them to try things out in person. I feel like I missed so many people knowing I even existed here. in the city.”
The boutique offers brand new clothes, all purchased by Betancourt herself, and she prides herself on having almost every item available in multiple sizes.
“We include size, carrying from small to 3XL, in sizes 0 to 24,” she said. The store also offers a variety of shoes, accessories, soaps, lotions, jewelry and household items.
Betancourt admits to being a little worried about opening a point of sale in what should be the end of the coronavirus pandemic, but she and her four employees are ready to go full steam ahead.
“I’m not going to lie, it’s a little scary,” she said. “It’s a community for women to come in and feel comfortable and beautiful and amazing the way they are right now. It doesn’t matter their size, shape, color – whatever.”
The store will be open this Friday until 9 p.m., then Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. After this weekend, the store’s usual hours will be Tuesday to Friday from 11 a.m. at 7 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The store will be closed on Sundays and Mondays.
More information about The Change Co. Boutique is available here.