Charli Varner to Open Calluna's Boutique at The Square

By Julie Perine on April 17, 2021 via Connect-Bridgeport.com

Callunas Boutique is the newest addition to The Square in Bridgeport. Owner Charli Varner said she hopes to open her Virginia Avenue storefront by early-summer.
 
Her experience in managing stores including Maurice’s, Charlotte Russe, Cato’s and Francesca’s inspired the Morgantown resident to open a women’s boutique of her own.
 
“I saw through the years what works and what doesn’t work,” she said. “Different companies are doing things that I want to combine. I love fashion and just kind of wanted to do it my way.”
 
Varner describes the boutique style as bohemian and said her pieces are suitable for women of all ages. tops and jeans and flowy dresses in solids, as well as striped and floral patterns.
 
She has spent the past year selecting and purchasing pieces from wholesalers, including Faire and Doe and Rae. While building up her inventory, Varner kept her eyes open for a boutique location. When she learned about the available space at The Square, she decided it was ideal.
 
Property owner Scott Werdebaugh said Calluna’s Boutique will be located in the end cap building which previously housed Wholesale Tire. Varner is leasing the middle space between Insight Astronomy and The Bridge Nutrition.
 
“We are excited,” he said. “It’s a nice addition and will create some nice energy with this group of businesses.”
 
In addition to women’s clothing, Callunas Boutique will carry a baby/toddler girl’s line custom created by a friend, as well as jewelry and novelties.
 
“We’ll have necklaces, bracelets and earrings, as well as candles, little jars of gummy bears and other gift items,” Varner said. “When I worked at Francesca’s (in Morgantown), I decided this was the kind of store I wanted. They had a little bit of everything.”
 
Varner shared the story behind the name of her boutique, inspired in part by her 11-month-old daughter Luna.
 
“When she was born, we were discussing what kinds of flowers we wanted to put around our house and I picked heather flowers – which I later discovered that the scientific name is Calluna Vulgaris,” Varner said. “We would call Luna our little Calluna flower. I jokingly said I should name my future boutique Callunas – and it just kind of stuck.”
 
The Calluna Vulgaris flower is the boutique logo.
 
Drywall will soon be completed with painting soon to follow. Once Varner takes over the space, she will install new flooring and hopes to open June 1 or before.
 
Varner and her husband KJ have three children: Luna, 9-year-old Jenson and 14-year-old Aidan. 
 
 


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