Business major Kendra Smith of Kennewick is receiving retail experience outside the classroom.
On Friday, she will open her own business, K&S Boutique, a women's clothing store, at 140 Gage Blvd., Suite 204, Richland.
It's not large, at just 1,300 square feet, but Smith plans to carry a variety of merchandise to appeal to women ages 16-45 from extra small to double X.
"My goal is to have mom and daughter able to shop and both be able to find something," she said.
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Smith plans to operate the shop by herself, but she will consider hiring someone at least part time as she completes her studies at Columbia Basin College in Pasco before transferring to Washington State University Tri-Cities.
In addition to clothing, Smith will stock jewelry, accessories and shoes. She also plans to invite Mid-Columbia artists to display their work.
"I'd like to have handmade jewelry, and I'm looking for local artists and people in the Seattle and Spokane areas," she said.
Smith said she has no retail experience, but she is getting advice from her mom, who used to own a tanning boutique in the Seattle area.
"I've always wanted to open a small boutique, and after I graduated high school, Mom said she'd give me the opportunity, so we started looking for a place and drawing up a business plan," Smith said. "It's been quite a project."
One of the most difficult things was choosing which clothes to order.
"We went to a fashion show in Las Vegas and it was overwhelming -- so many different brands to choose from. I asked her, where do we start?" Smith said.
Store hours are from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. The store is closed Sundays.
For more information, call 509-987-1117.
There is no website, but K & S Boutique is on Facebook.
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