Business owner Michelle Leotta had a childhood dream of opening her own boutique. Her dream became reality in 2006.
Leotta took a chance and opened Color Me Pretty, a boutique, cosmetic sales and hair salon.
She previously worked for Clinique and told her friends about her dream of opening a boutique.
â€œI first opened my store on South Abernathy Street in early 2006,â€ she said. â€œI never thought owning a business would happen so soon.â€
In September, Leotta and the salon next door decided to combine their businesses and move to a new location on 109 East Main St.
â€œThe salon is wonderful,â€ she said. â€œThey have been in business for 25 years.â€
The new building welcomes customers with hardwood floors, rich wall colors and the sound of running water.
â€œI donâ€™t think there is a place in downtown Lincolnton that you can just come in and relax.â€
Everything in Color Me Pretty is reasonably priced, Leotta said.
The boutique sells accessories, rhinestone shirts and a collection of handbags by Kathy Van Zeeland.
â€œThe rhinestone shirts are our most popular item,â€ she said. â€œWe canâ€™t keep them on the shelves.â€
The shop also sells the latest hair styling products and makeup from Glominerals, Leotta said.
â€œWe just love to have fun,â€ she said. â€œWhat is so great about our business is that itâ€™s not targeted to a particular age group. We want to attract all ages.â€
Leotta, a Hickory native, has been working in Lincolnton for about five years.
â€œI just love Lincolnton,â€ she said. â€œThe people really take pride in their town and have been very supportive.â€
Color Me Pretty is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
by Lisa Brown