Coast to Coast Styles brings the best of east and west to Windsor
September 30, 2015
When Caroline Walker began her boutique clothing business Coast to Coast Styles in 2010 at her home, northern Colorado was sorely lacking a supply of trendy, niche clothing stores.
"(There were) products that I loved and couldn't get around here," the San Diego native said. "I did a lot of online shopping and just decided to open something of my own."
Now, as she settles into her new space at 605 Main St. in Windsor following three years at The Promenade Shops at Centerra, more stores have popped up throughout the region.
While the competition supplies more for the growing demand of bohemian-chic and classic preppy style loved by northern Colorado residents, Walker hopes that her shop and her love of fashion will continue to set her apart.
"(Coast to Coast) describes what we have," she said. "We have the different coasts from east coast, west coast and everything in between. I hit both of the demographics very well."
Her store —which her husband, friends and she painstakingly fixed up and repainted in 10 days before their Labor Day weekend opening — is mostly stocked with casual wear but occasionally incorporates styles for more formal occasions.
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"You have a little bit of both," she said. "I feel like there's a good blend here (in northern Colorado)."
The close location to Walker's home outside Tinmath and a lower overhead drew her to Windsor after lease and location difficulties at Centerra caused problems.
"We weren't really sure where we wanted to land after Centerra," she said. "If we were to expand it might be into Fort Collins. With this location we're able to."
The former Horsetails & Buttercups Antiques location felt the coziest, she said.
"I felt like the landlord was nice and really let me make it my own space," Walker said.
To make it her own, Walker repainted the walls, added additional lighting, pulled up carpet from the front room and re-layed stone and landscaping at the entryway.
"We just did some cosmetic stuff," she said. "We made it like a French countryside feel."
Since her opening, Walker has drawn in loyal customers from around northern Colorado, ranging from a client close to 80 that will visit weekly and students from Windsor High School that love Walker's selection of jeans.
"I hope it becomes a shopping destination for the people of Windsor," she said.
In terms of expansion, Walker hopes to wait a year and establish the Windsor location before looking on to more stores. However, a friend of hers has already started asking her to collaborate on of a Fort Collins location that would also carry maternity clothes and she's been asked to open a location in Cheyenne.
"I'm hoping that we can continue that and kind of grow from there."