Last spring, I described entrepreneur Stacey Finnegan as tireless. Let's go with indefatigable this time. Less than a year after venturing back into retail with MINQ at Shops at West End, Finnegan plans to open a second MINQ boutique. And here's the kicker: she's going back to the very site of her original store, il Vostro Boutique at 50th & France. The new store will be a slimmed down, female-focused version of MINQ. A soft opening is scheduled for the end of February.
I had to ask. Finnegan got out of business on France Avenue once already (she sold the store to another independent retailer). Why go there again? "It's a great way for me to refine my multi-unit business and leadership practices locally, with a relatively low build out investment," Finnegan says. Eventually, she'd like to open MINQ stores in other states.
"I'm looking at it as part growth, part experiment, and part coming home," Finnegan says.
In other boutique news:
- Peppermint Park, the Minneapolis-based retailer that bought il Vostro from its second owner has gone out of business entirely. The website is shuttered, and the Dinkytown store is also closed.
- Pappagallo—the homey shop known for its loafers, floral print bags, and embroidered sweaters—is closing its Galleria store after 40 years, but this isn't the end. The new store opens Feb. 1 just a mile away from Galleria, at 6133 Kellogg Ave. S., Edina.
-Glitz!, the locally owned prom store, has opened a second location at Shoppes at Arbor Lakes in Maple Grove. It's the same size as the Mall of America store, but feels even larger.