Carrie Rengers

Cricket Alley storefront to close but mobile boutique to remain open

The Cricket Alley storefront is closing on Oct. 3, but the store’s mobile boutique will remain open on the property near 17th and Tyler.
The Cricket Alley storefront is closing on Oct. 3, but the store’s mobile boutique will remain open on the property near 17th and Tyler. The Wichita Eagle

Cricket Alley owner Larissa Freeman debuted her mobile boutique in October to augment her store near 17th and Tyler and to help women in local shelters with new clothes and accessories.

“Between the storefront and the truck, I was running two businesses,” Freeman says.

She’s decided to close the storefront, which she started in the summer of 2012 in a former house set back from the street, and concentrate solely on the truck.

“We’re not closing our storefront because of any financial distress,” Freeman says.

She says someone else is buying the building for another business and will let her truck remain on the property when she’s not taking it to public and private events.

For now, all Freeman can say is there are “some really exciting transitions happening.”

There is more news coming on the new occupant next week.

Freeman plans to close the storefront on Oct. 3. After that she’ll sell new clothing and accessories out of the truck.

“We sell new, trendy clothes, but we also give back,” Freeman says.

She uses the truck to collect clothing to donate at shelters and help women, many of whom have fled domestic violence situations, put outfits together with accessories.

“That’s really my focus.”

Reach Carrie Rengers at 316-268-6340 or crengers@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @CarrieRengers.

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