New space allows Kimberly’s to grow

Rockford gained a retail storefront and The Sewing Room gained some square footage with a little juggling of tenants at 54 Courtland Street. Kimberly’s Boutique expanded to the shop to the east and The Sewing Room moved back to behind Kimberly’s back door (formerly Keren Hart).

Building and Kimberly’s Boutique owner Kim Smith said her addition opened the day before Mother’s Day. “It was a phenomenal day,” Smith said.

After remodelling and installing lighting and other fixtures, owner Kim Smith stands in her newly-expanded portion of Kimberly’s Boutique, formerly occupied by The Sewing Room.

She completely remodeled the space from its former service use to retail. With new lights, walls, paint the area is bright, colorful and packed with product. Shoppers can use either of the two entrances and walk freely between the spaces, together totalling about 3,000 square feet. “It’s almost like a mini-mall,” Kimberly said.

“People should be able to find everything from casual to formal. It’s all color coordinated, so if you know the color you want you can go right to it.”

Kimberly said The Sewing Room owner Liz is also tickled with the arrangement. Kimberly’s gained two dressing rooms and another entrance on Courtland. Smith’s store offers apparel, purses, gifts, jewelry, including Brighton and Chamilia and more. Beads are hot this year and Not Your Daughters Jeans continue to be very popular. Kimberly’s opened in June, 1993 and employs six people. The store is open seven days a week.

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