New Kailua Boutique Is Keeping It Stylish, Casual

Linda Dela Cruz
Wednesday - December 10, 2008
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Parker Moosman, Ali McMahon and Guy take a seat in the center of their newly opened Kailua store, Olive Boutique. Photo by Nathalie Walker, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Kailua resident Ali McMahon named her new store the Olive Boutique because it’s her favorite food and one of her favorite colors (olive green) as well.

“People are really excited to have something different in Kailua,“said McMahon.“The clothes are casual, not too trendy and very stylish. It’s something you can wear during the day and dress up at night. Nothing is too over the top. There are a lot of cottons and what I think people in Hawaii want to wear.”

Some of the clothing lines in stock are Ella Moss, Indah, Free People, Wee the Free, Aude, Saint Grace and Young Fabulous and Broke. The store also carries jewelry, candles, wrapping paper and greeting cards.

“My goal is to bring to the Windward side what folks need to go to Honolulu for,” she added.


 

Her fiance, Parker Moosman, is a graphic designer, and he helped build the store, which is located in a space that was occupied for 30 years by Alii Florist. The store mascot is their Chihuahua, Guy, while their cat, Lili, guards the couple’s home. “We recycled every single thing to build this place,“she added.

Owning her own shop is something the Maunawili Elementary and Academy of the Pacific graduate knew she wanted to do someday. A fashion marketing major at the Art Institute in Seattle, she worked in retail as a visual merchandiser for nine years on the Mainland.

McMahon is coordinating a wish list, similar to a registry, for customers who would like to let their friends and family know what type of gifts they’d prefer.


At its grand opening last month, the boutique donated a percentage of its sales to pancreatic cancer research.

Olive Boutique is located at 43 Kihapai St. across from Hardware Hawaii. The store is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday to Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For more information, call 263-9919 or log onto www.iheartolive.com.

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