Carrie Rengers

Children's boutique has new owners, new location

Tiffany Garner has shopped at the Rylee & Reece children's boutique at Comotara Center at least once a season since it opened 3 1/2 years ago.

"It's just the best store," she says. "It's just got great kids clothes, very unique things you can't find at other places."

So when she heard it was closing, she acted fast.

"A month and a half later, here we are," says Garner, who bought the business with her mother, Lynette .

Krista Hunt and her mother, Phyllis Rose , opened Rylee & Reece and named it after Hunt's children.

They're now 5 and 4.

"I'm home with my little ones quite a bit," Hunt says.

That means Rose has been at the store quite a bit, but she's ready to retire and spend more time with her grandkids, which is why they're selling.

The Garners are moving the business from Comotara at 29th and Rock Road to NewMarket Square at 21st and Maize Road.

April Reed of Slawson Cos. handled the deal for the 2,000-square-foot space. It's where Wells Fargo was previously.

"I was a little hesitant," Hunt says of the Garners moving the business to the west side. "I did express that to the new owners."

In addition to living on the west side, Tiffany Garner says there aren't other stores there like Rylee & Reece, which also has a party room for birthdays and showers.

"We just really felt that NewMarket Square has a lot of foot traffic that Comotara does not," Garner says.

Hunt says she's come to understand the move.

"I think the party room is going to do excellent out there," she says.

The store will close at Comotara on Feb. 21.

The Garners will reopen at NewMarket Square on March 1.

Derby bankruptcy

Golf USA owner Howard Love has filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy for the Golf USA store he closed in Derby in December.

"It doesn't have anything to do with the Newton store," Love says.

He opened Golf USA of Newton at Chisholm Trail Center-Outlet & Retail Shops in 2008.

The Derby store was open three years.

"Absolutely business was tough down there," Love says. "It just wasn't working out."

The bankruptcy filing doesn't stipulate how much Love owes except that it is between $100,001 and $500,000.

Love, who says business in Newton is great, is hesitant to discuss the bankruptcy.

"It was just a business decision."

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