Category: Fashion & Shopping

Lee Loves

With Jack Frost nipping at our noses (and other body parts), we’re all yearning for that special something that makes us feel pampered. Local retailers offer a blizzard of luxurious finds ready to make your home more inviting or to deck you out in style when you must brave the elements.

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Mirth—A Pop-Up Boutique Finds a Permanent Home

Mirth co-owners Amanda Forgas and Kelly Jennings were struggling to get the fledgling boutique up and running earlier this year when a mistake gave them some unexpected momentum. It came shortly after they attended a trade show to meet with women’s apparel sales representatives.

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Lee Loves

Bloomington’s fall season is full of traditions and sensual delights—from tailgating and trick-or-treating to gazing at the brilliant foliage, sipping cider, or crunching into a caramel apple. Autumnal delights also abound on the shelves of local independent retailers. Take a look!

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Where to Find Pre-Owned Bargains and Help Those Less Fortunate

Bloomington’s bargain hunters regularly make the circuit of our area’s reliable resale emporia looking for everything from toys and trinkets to furniture and formal wear—and frequently score unexpected one-of-a-kind treasures. Here’s a quick guide to the nonprofit purveyors of deeply discounted goods.

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Local Designer Gives New Life to Keepsake T-Shirts

Fashion-savvy Bloomingtonians seeking a personal touch for their wardrobe might consider the unusual creations made by Jane Matranga. Since she retired from teaching fashion design at Indiana University in May, Matranga has been amping up her line of Ms Tarantula sportswear, including a variety of casualwear made almost entirely of previously worn T-shirts.

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Blond Genius Denim Bar—More Than Just Jeans (PHOTO GALLERY)

When Katie Whitson moved from Iowa to Bloomington to be closer to her family, she realized that many of her favorite clothing brands weren’t available here. She opened the first Blond Genius store outside of Iowa in Fountain Square Mall in December 2015. In August 2016, she relocated to Renwick Village Center.

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Lee Loves

Spring has sprung in Bloomington—the time of year when Mother Nature struts her stuff. The shelves of local retailers are burgeoning with merchandise that embraces the season and all it has to offer.

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1818 Apparel Co. Offering Eco-Friendly Clothes & Gifts

Every shirt with the label 30A Dumpster Diver is made from eight, 16-ounce plastic bottles retrieved from landfills. The hats and bags from Real Deal Brazil are made from repurposed heavy canvas trucking tarps. And the lip glosses, perfumes, and soaps from Columbus, Indiana-based Garb 2 Art are packaged in recycled materials.

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