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Dream is reality at Color Me Pretty

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.
“I first opened my store on South Abernathy Street in early 2006,” she said. “I never thought owning a business would happen so soon.”
In September, Leotta and the salon next door decided to combine their businesses and move to a new location on 109 East Main St.
“The salon is wonderful,” she said. “They have been in business for 25 years.”
The new building welcomes customers with hardwood floors, rich wall colors and the sound of running water.
“I don’t think there is a place in downtown Lincolnton that you can just come in and relax.”
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.
“The rhinestone shirts are our most popular item,” she said. “We can’t keep them on the shelves.”
The shop also sells the latest hair styling products and makeup from Glominerals, Leotta said.
“We just love to have fun,” she said. “What is so great about our business is that it’s not targeted to a particular age group. We want to attract all ages.”
Leotta, a Hickory native, has been working in Lincolnton for about five years.
“I just love Lincolnton,” she said. “The people really take pride in their town and have been very supportive.”
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

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