Don't drive too quickly down Elm Street or you might miss a great new boutique between Hollis and Dow streets. K-Fab's Boutique, opened by Manchester native Krysten Apostoles in May, is definitely worth a stop.
Apostoles, a 2002 graduate of West High School, said she has dreamed of owning her own clothing store ever since she was a little girl shopping with her grandmother at Jordan Marsh. She worked in the corporate world after college, but always worked on a business plan for her own store. This year she finally decided to take the plunge and opened K-Fab's with fiance and business partner, Silvain Theroux.
The store's name is a reflection of Apostoles' ability to put together a great look. "K-Fab was a nickname from years ago by a good friend of mine which meant Krysten Fabulous because of the 'fabulous' ensembles I would put together for every event, whether it be a hockey game or a night on the town," she told The Scene.
Apostoles called K-Fab's selection "eclectic," with dresses for special events, casual day wear, work attire, and weekend casual clothing. I loved all of it.
As someone with zero fashion sense who often buys clothing, diapers and floor cleaner during the same quick trip to Target, I appreciated the uniqueness of the pieces at K-Fab's.
"All of the clothes at K-Fab's are exclusive to me in this area, so you won't see others with the same item in town. I try to carry items for all shapes and sizes, as we are all very different," she wrote.
And while the prices were obviously more than Target, they were not outrageous, and worth the cost for their quality and originality. I am always willing to pay more when I can support a small business owner and get some personal help finding clothes that might help me look terrific instead of tired.
"My primary drive in this business is to make women find the right items of clothing for their body-type which make them feel confident," Apostoles wrote. "It is very important to me that women support and encourage others to be confident regardless of their insecurities ... everyone brings an element to this world that can make a difference."
Thursday nights at Veterans Park
I recently lamented the fact that a good Dueling Pianos show would be difficult to find around here with the closure of Boynton's Taproom. But Intown Manchester is helping us through the withdrawal process with an outdoor Dueling Pianos show at Veterans Park this Thursday. The performance will be the first in Intown's TD Bank Free Summer Concert Series that will be held every Thursday through Aug. 1.
All shows will be held from 7 to 9 p.m., with a family-friendly atmosphere and fun activities. The July 18 show is probably the best one for the littlest kiddos, with a live appearance by children's safety mascot L'il Iguana and a performance by Ben Rudnick and Friends. I brought my children to see Ben Rudnick and Friends in the past and all the tie-dye and nonsensical lyrics kind of reminded me of my days following the jam band Phish. Good times.
On July 25, the series continues with a rock concert by the 39th Army Band followed by the country group Jandee Lee Porter Band on Aug. 1.
And at Stark Park
A few blocks north at Stark Park, the "Friends" of the park have already begun their weekly live concerts at the beautiful bandstand. Performances by bands of various musical genres will be held every Sunday at 2 p.m. through Aug. 25. This Sunday is the Jimmy Lehoux Band. There are also a few Thursday evening shows, including a 6 p.m. performance of "Hansel and Gretel" by Opera NH on Aug. 15.
NH365.ORG Event of the Week
After the success of local band Recycled Percussion, everyone wants to make music with trash. On Friday, UNH Manchester music director Jamie Saucier can teach you how.
This Friday, Saucier will host Garage Band: Making Music from Trash from 10 to 11 a.m. in the 3rd Floor Auditorium at 400 Commercial St.
Children ages 3 to 10 can learn how to turn ordinary household items into musical instruments in this fun, interactive session. As a bonus, they'll even be able to take something home.
The event is free, but seating is limited. Visit www.nh365.org for more information about this fun event and other things to do in and around the Queen City.
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