Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

Bend the Trend Boutique & Decor cuts the ribbon

Posted: Friday, May 14, 2021

Kathy Dill and Kari Lahr, a mother-daughter team from Huntington, celebrated their sixth-month anniversary of the opening of Bend the Trend Boutique & Décor in downtown Huntington on Saturday, May 8. Located at 510 N. Jefferson Street, a Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting began the day.

An official ribbon cutting and welcome to downtown were not held when the business opened six months ago due to COVID-19 restrictions. Saturday, May 8 brought several members of the community to the “re-opening” of Bend the Trend.

Mayor Richard Strick was on hand and said, “I love that you are thriving downtown and love that you have turned this into a productive space. We as a community are here to support you and help you thrive.”

Lahr expressed that she and her mother had “always wanted to open a boutique store.” She continued, “We were walking around downtown and saw the store was for rent.”

Lahr said it then “all started within their little family circle, my mother-in-law makes stuff and brings it in, lots of friends and family make things and also bring them in.”

Jane Bell, a local seamstress, was on hand for the ribbon cutting. She contributes handmade pillows, purses, table runners and other items to Bend the Trend. Outside sources are also used to stock the store with boutique-type clothing, children’s items, furniture pieces, floral pieces, pictures, soaps, signs, pillows, macramé and more. Jewelry items are ordered in, and also created by former Huntington resident, Robin Satterthwaite, who has a shop in Michigan.

So far the pair feel that “business has been good,” and future plans include additional merchandise and perhaps some classes for the community. They want people to be able to come in and get a gift at a reasonable price – and it be unique.

Shown in the photo cutting the ribbon, from left, are Charles Chapman, City Councilman, 1st District; Kathy Dill, owner, Bend the Trend Boutique & Decor; Ava and Grant Lahr; Kari Lahr, owner, Bend the Trend Boutique & Décor and Mayor Richard Strick.