Archive for Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Tutu Cowgirl, Captured Image move into new digs

September 17, 2008

The third times a charm for two local business owners.

Cynthia Starcher, owner of the Tutu Cowgirl, and Misty Bartlett, owner of Captured Image Photography, said business is doing well a week after the grand opening of their new location at 414 E. Fourth Street, just west of Bitler's BBQ.

The reason for the move? More space and better visibility to increase foot traffic compared to their previous location east of Fourth and Delaware streets.

Starcher said she would joke with Bartlett that the busy part of town was west of the post office.

"We are getting more walk-in business than we had down there," Starcher said. "There's a lot more traffic here."

Bartlett, who has had her photo studio for eight months, said she was very happy for the extra storage space. Bartlett uses the backroom for her studio instead of having to make room inside the store when clients come in.

"We were always tripping over each other's feet at the old store," she said.

The extra space has also allowed the women to expand the business. Not only can someone come in to buy clothing, accessories for their home or get their picture taken, they can also get music lessons as well. The new store offers voice, piano and guitar lessons.

Starcher said she originally started by renting out a storefront on the highway before moving for the first time downtown. She said her business was able to fill a gap that was left when Don Pelzl's store closed down.

"There is always an emergency birthday gift or something along those lines and there was no place for that without having to go to Kansas City or Lawrence," she said.

Bartlett and Starcher were at the old store location for seven months before moving west.

The store is also available to rent for birthday parties and Bunko events.

By the way, Starcher named Tutu Cowgirl as such because she's a former dance instructor and her husband is involved in rodeos.

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