While none of my Thanksgiving holiday memories involve any Black Friday shopping escapades, I’ve always been a big supporter of the retail term “Small Business Saturday.”
Katie Rose Boutique, which launched a year ago on Small Business Saturday 2021, is celebrating its one year anniversary.
Owner Monica Branchik is one of the business pioneers of Centennial Village at 45th Street and Calumet Avenue in Munster, where her Katie Rose boutique has remained one of the premier retail anchors, offering women’s designer clothing.
The boutique is curated by owner Branchik, who carefully selects her inventory, which includes a collection of high-end brands. Some of the labels featured are Kendra Scott, along with Hatley, Kut from the Kloth, Renuar, Charlie B, NIC + ZOE, Bishop and Young, Liverpool Los Angeles and JAG.
“We try to improve the shopping experience by offering clothing that empowers women to be confident and express their unique style,” said Branchik.
“And I’m pleased that we’re starting to attract companies other than our neighbors.”
One of the boutique’s newest neighbors is the Rosebud Steakhouse, the newest addition to the Chicagoland franchise, which began life in 1973 when 26-year-old Chicago native Alex Dana bought a small restaurant in Chicago’s Loop.
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Today there are nine locations, including three of the fine white-tablecloth steakhouses. Munster Fine Dining Steakhouse in Centennial Village opened last month under the stewardship of owner and managing partner Steve Coppolillo von Dyer, who studied hotel and restaurant management at Purdue University Calumet. The brand name Rosebud derives from the name “Bocciola della Rose”, which is Italian for “bud of the rose”.
As for the origin of the name for Katie Rose Boutique, it was inspired as a loving tribute to Branchik’s daughters, Katelyn and Emma Rose, who I’m told frequent the store when they’re not busy “stumbling, too.” cheer or do homework”. Visitors to Katie Rose are also often greeted by Buddy, the business ambassador’s golden retriever, who strolls through the store entertaining young customers while moms peruse the shelves.
On Small Business Saturday, November 26th, the Katie Rose Boutique is offering an “Enter to win” anniversary hamper that includes a $1,000.00 gift card to Katie Rose, two bottles of Veuve Clicquot champagne, two Corckcicle champagne flutes and includes a Kendra Scott Gift Set , a JEM MED SPA Gift Certificate, a Toluka Paperie & Gifts Gift Certificate, an Illume Fall Candle and a private shopping party for up to 25 people hosted by Katie Rose.
I attended an open house at the store earlier this month and the range includes everything from seasonal scarves and gloves to fine jewelery and candles and decorations, in addition to the fashion selection. According to Branchik, men love the benefit of a dedicated concierge service that includes birthday reminders, free gift wrap, and customer-created wish lists to help find the perfect gifts for wives, moms, friends, and family.
During the open house, I met with Monica’s husband, Joe Branchik, vice president of marketing at Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana, who had previously served a long time in the same position as vice president at Hammond’s Horseshoe Casino.
The Katie Rose Boutique is located at 9610 N. Centennial Drive, Suite B, in Munster or visit www.katieroseboutique.com or call 219-515-0489. The opening hours are Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Private appointments are possible on Sundays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Philip Potempa is a journalist, published author and director of marketing at Theater at the Center. He can be reached at [email protected].