A Cigar Factory Transformed into a Glam Shoe Closet.
In an old cigar factory in La Crosse, Wisconsin, a couple of young, fashion-forward local women have created a shoe-shopping heaven. Their boutique Kick is fun, girly, sexy and glam rolled into one - all the things you want to feel when you buy a hot new pair of shoes. (As a special bonus, they're right around the corner from The Pearl, which is the best - no really, it's the best, trust me - old school soda fountain and ice cream parlor around.)
Gorgeous chandeliers hang throughout the space that was carefully restored, maintaining many of the original elements that existed during the building's cigar-making time. It's clear from your first steps in the door that no detail was overlooked when designing the space.
The color palette chosen for the space is bold and energizing, yet also subtle and sophisticated - bright salmon pink, rich green, black, gold and white blend perfectly with the worn wood found in the pieces leftover from the factory.
Modern details like the white banquette with hot pink buttons and trim sit comfortably alongside vintage elements like the boudoir style round settees.
Beyond a pair of original factory doors marked "Last Call," you'll find all the shop's sale items, most of which are displayed in an old humidor left in the building by the cigar company.
The women running the shop go to great lengths to find unique designers from all over the world, choosing styles you probably won't find anywhere nearby. It definitely feels like a shop you'd come across in Chicago or New York, not a small town in western Wisconsin.
There's even a men's lounge downstairs called "The Den," where original tobacco carts display shoes and factory signage covers the walls. The leopard print rug adds softness and texture to the original concrete floors, and feels oddly masculine in The Den.
These "Kick Chicks" are doing it... they went out on a limb, took huge risks, used their instincts and started a small business that has survived through a tough economy. I am so inspired by the energy that went into creating this beautiful shop and by the passion that the women working here clearly possess. I wish I could stop by regularly to peek at what's new, but for now, their online boutique will have to do.
Go buy yourself a new pair of shoes from this place. I did, see the pic below. I can't wait to wear my new heels the girls from Kick found by London designer Poetic Licence.
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