Kimberly Cole adored shopping at Lala, a lifestyle boutique that carried luxurious Indian fabrics, when she lived in Laguna Beach, Calif.
So now that Ms. Cole, her husband, Charlie, and their family have settled down in Weston on the East Coast, she has decided to bring a little Laguna flair with her.
Ms. Cole recently opened KC Westport, a bedding, clothing and gift boutique at 68 Church Lane in Westport.
The store is Ms. Cole’s first retail business venture, and she hopes customers will like the products at KC Westport as much as she does.
“Lala is a sweet little shop that carries fabulous soft flowing fabrics, quilts, slip dresses, and pants. Lala’s owner, Kerry Cassill, asked if I would like to open a sister store here, and I thought it would be a great idea,” Ms. Cole said.
So now Ms. Cole runs her own lifestyle boutique, with a wide array of bed linens, toiletries, clothing, patterned dinner napkins, and birthday and hostess gifts.
Working retail is a new endeavor for Ms. Cole. Before that she worked as a makeup artist. Her husband is a commercial director.
In light of the near-tragedy her family recently endured, Ms. Cole’s mind is focused on making KC Westport a success.
During Superstorm Sandy last year, a tree crashed through the roof of Ms. Cole’s home on Stillwater Lane in Weston, just seconds after her son and two friends left the room.
When the storm first hit, the family wasn’t too concerned. They had a generator, and believed they could easily endure a power outage. So Ms. Cole’s son Chris and two friends hunkered down in the TV room. As the storm intensified, Ms. Cole said, her intuition kicked in and she suddenly told the boys to get out of the room.
Just moments after the boys left, a huge pine tree crashed through the roof and onto the sofa where the boys had just been sitting. Fortunately, no one was hurt, but the house suffered extensive damage. The family is currently staying in Wilton while their home is being repaired.
Ms. Cole said the incident taught her that it is important to “go with your intuition and your gut instinct.”
With the opening of KC Westport, she is following her instincts by carrying high-quality artisanal products she admires and believes in. She hopes others will like them, too. “I have my own little slice of Laguna Beach, right here in Westport,” she said.