Photo by Caitlin Abrams
House of 365 in Wayzata
Kathy Bryan with daughters Paige (left) and Annalise
Wayzata is back. After a few tough years marred by construction and business closures, Lake Street was the place to be this summer, thanks to several new restaurants. Now, the shopping is catching up, with the opening of House of 365.
The designer boutique picks up where old standards Jan’s and Side Door left off—with upscale apparel and accessories for most every occasion. Thus, the 365.
It’s an ambitious undertaking in a large space that has seen many retailers come and go, including Ampersand, La Petite Parfumerie, and, most recently, P.O.S.H. interior design. Of course, once you meet owners Kathy and Annalise Bryan you’ll know that this mother-daughter team doesn’t do small.
“I just love fashion. I’m an insane shopper,” Kathy says in a glorious British accent that makes it impossible not to think of her as Lake Minnetonka’s blonde Lisa Vanderpump (from Real Housewives of Beverly Hills). Bryan moved to Minnesota 27 years ago with her now ex-husband and raised three daughters in Orono. “I’ve traveled all over the world—Italy, Paris—but I never shop here. So I thought, I need to open an amazing store for the women out on the lake.”
With her youngest daughter, Paige, off to college, the timing was perfect for Kathy to take the plunge into retail. She’s owned other businesses, but never a boutique. Added bonus for the new empty nester: When her original partner dropped out, Kathy’s eldest daughter Annalise, who has worked as a stylist in Los Angeles and New York, agreed to move back and become store buyer.
Clothes on the racks range from attainable contemporary line Bailey44 to designer brands Diane von Furstenberg and Catherine Malandrino. The Bryans plan to add smaller, lesser-known designers not available elsewhere in the Twin Cities. Kathy is also tuned in to the need for elegant clothing in larger sizes. So far the 10s, 12s and 14s sell the fastest, she noted.
The jewelry includes several local designers, on up to opulent bejeweled collars that sell for $600 or more. There’s also footwear, handbags, fragrance, and lingerie. Service is a priority, Annalise says. To that end, House of 365 offers in-house tailoring, styling, and delivery.
“It’s time to bring some glamour back,” says Kathy, clad in an elegant cream dress and delicate wrap that seems perfect for a Saturday night out. Except it’s Monday afternoon at the store, which, by the way, is bustling. “I think women want to smarten up. They just need someone to put it together for them.”
750 E. Lake St., Wayzata, 952-473-2311, houseof365.com