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Accessory boutique coming to downtown DeKalb

DeKALB – A new boutique boasting jewelry, apparel and fashionable accessories is coming to downtown DeKalb.

DeKalb native Melissa Valos plans to open Glitter, an accessory and apparel store, at 124 E. Lincoln Highway by June 1.

She said her store will offer a fun experience similar to what a shopper would have at the mall. While the majority of her inventory will be jewelry, she also will sell handbags, dresses, fashion shoes, cosmetics and an abundance of other items.

“If you've got hair and you want to put a bow in it, you'll find one at Glitter,” she said. “I want this store to appeal to anyone who wants to accessorize.”

A little more than a week ago, Melissa Valos and her husband Thomas bought the building from John Wright, who owned and operated Wright's Jewelry there until 2012. This is the second time Thomas Valos has owned the building. He sold it to Wright in the mid-80's.

Melissa currently works at the Zack's Jewelry and Coins, the business her husband owns in downtown DeKalb. The inspiration to open Glitter came from her affinity for shopping and feeling DeKalb needed such a store.

“DeKalb needs a store where people can get cute, affordable things,” she said, adding items will range in price from $1 to $50. “I really think people are going to love it.”

Her excitement led her to start buying inventory to fill the 1,800 square-foot sales floor even though she has at least two months of renovations before the store can open. She said the roof needs to be replaced, as well as the carpeting, ceiling tiles and bathroom.

Roger Hopkins, DeKalb's economic development consultant said Glitter is a welcome addition that will attract more people to leisurely shop downtown.

“I think it's important to have that building filled, and I think it will complement the other shopping downtown,” Hopkins said.

Glitter will be open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays, which Melissa Valos said will give shoppers of all ages and styles plenty of time to find what they want.

“I want to cater to every style,” she said. “I think I've got it. That's why the sign on the door says your new favorite store is coming soon.”

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