Artisans Reflections, an eclectic boutique and coffee shop, will open in April in the space that formerly held Golf USA on the north side of Chisholm Trail Center, located at 601 SE 36th.
Owner Lindsay St. Clair said the store will include baby items, clothing, toys, home decor and furniture from vendors she selected for the business.
"I have always wanted custom stuff in my home," St. Clair said. "I can think it up, but I'm not the one who can make it."
A variety of handcrafted wood, leather and metal creations as well as soaps, skin care, cosmetics, jewelry and accessories will also be sold at Artisans Reflections.
"Everybody in here does custom work beyond what you'll see that's custom made. They'll do personalizations or whatever you want," St. Clair said. "I take orders for all my vendors. If I don't have it, we'll make it."
While St. Clair acknowledged her store falls in the same vein as Gathered Goods, she stressed there is no connection between them — and she believes their inventory will be different enough to for shoppers to want to go to both.
Many of the things that will be sold at Artisans Reflections will be made in Kansas; all will come from individuals with a passion for creating.
"The biggest thing was I have always wanted to put food back on the table, not into a corporation," St. Clair said.
Customers will be able to rent tuxedos at Artisans Reflections and, in the future, St. Clair hopes to make it a drop-off point for a charity closet of prom dresses.
Work to remodel the space is just starting, with the biggest project being knocking down a back wall to provide room for a coffee shop and party venue.
"Everyone who works out here can have a place to take a break," St. Clair said. "And you have to walk through all this cool stuff to get the coffee; you're probably going to shop along the way."
While she has not yet decided what hours Artisans Reflections will be open through the week, St. Clair admitted the thought of working long hours was a factor in installing a coffee shop.
"I thought, 'if I'm going to work here every day ... I'm going to need something to keep me going," St. Clair laughed.
The coffee shop area will double as a space to host events like birthday parties, anniversaries, wine and paint parties and poetry slams.
Birthday parties in particular will be a customized experience, as St. Clair stated she has a vendor ready to make personalized party decorations and treats will be made by Cakes by Brenda.
"One really cool thing about having a venue for parties and different occasions is that if this is not enough space, I have another building here on site that we can move over to," St. Clair said.
Inclusion is a priority for St. Clair, who wants her shoppers to experience a warm and welcoming environment.
"I don't want anyone to come in here feeling 'I can't afford to shop there.' I want it to feel comfortable and happy," St. Clair said.
Opening Artisans Reflections in the outlet mall was an intentional choice on St. Clair's part.
"I want to help the community grow and if I have vendors that are creating a business, essentially, out here, I feel like everything we're doing out here is going to help bring a crowd," St. Clair said. "Eventually, it'll be busy again and I'm hoping that that will help the mall grow, too."
St. Clair noted she is still looking for a barista and additional vendors for Artisans Reflections. For more information, visit the store's Facebook page.