Opening of a new Western Bluestem boutique in downtown Plainville
By Cristina Janney
A new western clothing store should open in March in downtown Plainville.
Bee Reif, owner, said Bluestem will offer men’s, women’s, kids’ and baby’s clothing, as well as accessories, footwear and homewares.
Women’s sizes will run from XS to 2XL.
“We really don’t have anything here in downtown Plainville,” she said, “so it’s going to be a bit of trial and error. I know a lot of people are excited to go and do shopping.”
Bluestem will carry the Rowdy Crowd Clothing line and is trying to become an outlet for Twisted X boots and shoes.
“What I would really like to focus on is that if someone comes here and sees something they like, and we don’t have it in store, I’ll make sure you get it. “, she said.
The household items inventory will also reflect the western theme of the store. Reif already has cups in stock, as well as western printed cutting boards.
Plainville is a small community, and Reif said she knows not everyone wants to own the same shirt or shoes.
“The inventory is going to be constantly changing,” she said. “I don’t want to have a place where people are shopping, and everyone is buying the same thing. … I might just wear five of a line of shirts, and then I’ll bring something else.”
Reif has worked in retail before, but this is his first business as an owner.
The Bluestem Building, 215 W. Mill, is one of three storefronts that Reif and her husband renovated. Two doors east, 213 W. Mill, is her husband’s mortgage company, C2C Mortgage. The Reifs are transforming the storefront directly east of Bluestem into an office space.
The building that will house the store was vacant before the Reifs began remodeling. Bee Reif said she was sad to see the empty buildings in downtown Plainville, but she hopes the store will be a new attraction for the community.
“It brings business downtown,” Reif said of the store. “It also brings something that downtown Plainville doesn’t have. … I think it gives something for people to do when they’re downtown. It brings people, money, everything in this community.”
Reif also participated in the Save Downtown Plainville’s Historical Buildings effort, which raised funds to stabilize 217 and 219 W. Mill, one of the oldest buildings in Plainville.
Renovation efforts are still underway at Bluestem, but Reif said she hopes to open by mid-March. Shop hours will be 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.
“I just hope everyone is as excited as we are to open the doors and have another place to come and shop and participate in the downtown things happening in Plainville,” he said. she stated.
You can follow Bluestem on Facebook. You can also call the company at 785-312-2038.
The store’s website is under construction. Once complete, buyers will be able to order from the website and have items shipped.