Bombay Boutique to open in north Spokane
Kevin BlockerAugust 26th, 2021
Business partners Cierra Hannum and Reanna Westover want women and girls to hear the following numbers loud and clear: 0 to 22.
That’s the size range of women’s clothing to be offered at their new fashion retail store, Bombay Boutique, located in 2,800 square feet of leased space in the Northpointe Plaza, at 9656 N. Newport Highway on Spokane’s North Side.
Hannum and Westover hope to have the store ready for an early September debut.
“We want to be size inclusive,” says the 32-year-old Westover, who has spent a substantial part of her working career in the retail industry. “We don’t want plus sizes to be limited to just the two racks in the back of the store like they so often are.”
Bombay Boutique will get its clothing from wholesale e-commerce company FashionGo, which was founded in 2002. FashionGo’s website says it has more than 1,400 retailers and 740,000 end consumers of its fashions.
Clothing styles will range from casual to business appropriate.
“Date night, seasonal, a job interview ... we can provide it all,” Westover says.
Hannum and Westover say they plan to hire an additional employee at the outset.
The pair began discussing the idea of starting a clothing store when Westover was living in Seattle and Hannum had her hands full as a stay-at-home mother in Spokane.
“I was working retail in Seattle when COVID-19 shut everything down for the first time,” Westover says. “The store reopened in July but closed for good at the end of August. That’s when I called her and said, ‘That’s it, I’m moving to Spokane. Let’s build a store.’’’
Hannum, who also is 32 years old, says, “I was sick of being at home and love clothes.”
Having met in the third grade, the two are more than business partners or friends, they consider each other family.
“Even when my family moved to Oregon from Spokane, we visited each other every summer growing up,” Hannum says.