Carrie Childs, co owner of CarriElle’s Closet , a women’s clothing store in downtown Lake Worth, knows all about ladies and what each should be wearing.
Childs, 56, was a former corporate recruiter in the nation’s capital for more than 30 years. She bought all her suits from boutiques because she wanted flair and kick.
« I could walk into any boardroom and close a deal, » Childs told The Palm Beach Post last year. « My advice is always dress better than the person you’re meeting because it commands respect. »
Childs, along with Elle Horigan, CarriElle’s Closet’s other co owner, have been garnering respect in Lake Worth since their shop opened in June 2016 on 9 North K Street.
« It’s gone really well, » Childs said. « Being a brand new brick and mortar, we had no numbers to work off. We knew we had a goal we had to meet and we were very successful doing so. »
Childs declined to say how much their company has made, but said she was surprised at the figure.
« We were surprised because of where we’re located, » she said. « We’re off the beaten path and we don’t have any other commerce on this side of the street. »
Childs thanked city residents for keeping the business open during the summer months when the cash registers don’t ring as often. « We’re looking forward to getting our seasoners back because that’s our bread and butter, but kudos to our locals for keeping us alive, » Childs said.
Childs said the company’s one year lease is now a month to month lease not because the company plans to leave, but because it was simpler. « It’s such a pain to go the lawyer and we have such a good relationship with our landlord, » Childs said. « So, instead of waiting for the lawyers to review a lease, we made it casual. »
In the just under 500 plus size workout clothes square foot space, visitors will find new classic chic outfits from Escapada Living, Karen T. Design and Lily Pulitzer. Customers will also find what the women call « upscale resale » clothes from Diane von Furstenber, Adrianna Papell an Alice and Olivia.