Owners of Wendy clothing boutique in Ann Arbor's Nickels Arcade to open 2nd store
The 333-square-foot store, called Johnny, will be located in a neighboring space in the same covered shopping district on the edge of the University of Michigan's Diag in downtown Ann Arbor. The space was formerly occupied by the store Ionnia.
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“People love [Comfy USA],” he said. “We can’t get enough of it, which is why we’re taking it across the hall.”
He added: “That will allow us to take Wendy and expand on lines, such as Eileen Fisher petites, if we have room for it.”
Vaughn described the California-based Comfy USA brand as having an “urban chic” feel with its crinkle tissue and linen fabrics. Popular products include tunics, cardigans and scarves.
The new store will also carry accessories and it will cater to the same demographic as Wendy -- professional women -- but at just a slightly lower price point.
Clothing at Wendy ranges from $50 to $600, and he said Johnny will likely range from $30 to $300.
“Our whole mission is to make sure women have beautiful, classic clothes that build wardrobes,” Vaughn said. “We’re looking to carry stuff that has quality.”
Vaughn said everything in the Johnny space will be painted white, including the walls, clothing racks and picture frames, so that the clothing stands out as artwork. He said the new store will open by April 23 to coincide with Wendy’s one-year anniversary.
Vaughn, an artist with an extensive history in retail, and Chapman, a real estate appraiser, opened Wendy last year in the hopes of providing professional women in Ann Arbor with a place to shop for quality clothing.
Since then, Vaughn said the store has become a “destination spot” in the city.
“We didn’t know what to expect when we went into the store because of the economy,” he said. “Our store opened and women loved it. We’ve been very successful with our lines we carry and it’s been wonderful for the past year.”
Vaughn said he plans to hire additional part-time employees to work at the new store. They also plan to change Wendy’s hours to stay open until 7 p.m. instead of 6 p.m.