Carrie Rengers

Former partners to open two boutiques

Reb Boutique never made its planned February debut to sell textiles, clothing and furniture in Old Town Square .

Now, the collapse of a business partnership there is leading to two new businesses opening two doors down from each other.

Rebecca Simpson had planned to open Reb in the former Beadazzled space to the east of Caffe Moderne .

Glenda Sue Morris and her husband, AJ , were the money behind the business.

"The one thing that I told them is I want complete creative rights, period, and they just didn't abide by that," Simpson says.

"Sometimes if people have more money than you do, they feel like they have a right ... to just take over. That's what I did not want to happen, but it did. It just wasn't theirs to do."

Glenda Sue Morris says that's a "very distorted" view of what happened.

"We backed her totally for four months," Morris says. "We had left her completely alone."

Morris says Simpson had been in the space since the fall but was nowhere near ready to open in February.

"We did not have any, any say in what she did until the first of February when we saw that she was sitting and doing nothing," Morris says.

She's known Simpson for eight years.

"It was really like a shock to us," Morris says. "I cried. I was beside myself. It was like a death. ... I had no idea she would do us like that."

Simpson is now going to open Rebecca's on the other side of Caffe Moderne.

"I am going to do exactly what I was going to do down there, and that is my art," says Simpson, who specializes in hand-dyeing textiles.

In early May, she'll open in the 2,100 square feet Andy's Wood by Design used to occupy.

Simpson also will sell furniture that she has covered in fabric.

"I just want it to be a place where lots of creativity is going on," she says.

Morris is keeping the Reb name, but it now will stand for Rare Exotic Boutique .

She'll also sell furniture, clothing, jewelry "and other surprises."

Some of the furniture is covered in exotic cowhide.

"It's just beautiful," Morris says.

Morris and Simpson both wish each other well.

"I don't want to say anything to hurt Glenda and AJ," Simpson says. "Glenda and AJ are smart and intelligent people, and I'm sure they're going to have a beautiful store."

Morris says, "Aw, I bless her. I just bless her.

"She's got wonderful artistic talent, and we wish her well."

Remodeling plan No. 2

In February, Have You Heard? reported that it looked like the Kohl's store at 3561 N. Rock Road would undergo extensive remodeling.

No one with Kohl's would comment, but there was a building permit for $910,000 for that address.

Now, there's a permit for remodeling for the same amount at 6900 W. Kellogg, which is the west-side Kohl's address.

So far, there's still no comment from Kohl's.

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"People thought I was nuts. But the customers appreciated it."

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