Shop Spotlight on: Cats Like Us in Tonawanda, New York

Shop Spotlight on: Cats Like Us in Tonawanda, New York

Hey Honeys! Mandie Bee, here. This is the first of soon-to-be many posts about our featured retailers!

I like to call it, the Shop Spotlight. 

Online shopping may not be for everyone, so why not stop in to a local spot and try something on?  Brick and Mortar shops are a unique way to socialize and build relationships with people in your community. If you're interested a unique selection of clothes and WAY better personalized service than you would ever find in a big box store, shop small and shop local! You'd be amazed at what you'll find and who you may meet....

Heart of Haute supplies shops all around the world  with our American made garments and  in an effort to keep our scene alive and friendly-made fashion in mind, we provide you with some fun features on our retailers! 

Owners, Julie Ann and Andrew, are two of the coolest cats and we have been so lucky to work with them!

 To share with our community and alert those that may be passing through Tonawanda, NY, be sure to visit Cats Like Us and let them know we sent ya!

 

 

*Where are you located?*
67 Main Street, Tonawanda, NY 14150 (Tonawanda is a suburb of Buffalo, about 20 minutes North.)

*Hours of Operation:*
Wed, Fri, & Sat 11-6 and Thurs 11-8 (We are open 12-5 Sundays in December)

*When did you open Cats Like Us?*
October 1, 2009

 

*What inspired you to open a retro-themed clothing shop?*


Andrew and I are born and raised in Western New York. I have a business background and he has a web/design background, and we share a great love for everything mid-century modern. We love the, fashion, design, and music from the 1940's through the 60's. But since we are actually children of the 80's, we experienced the 50's as a wave of revivals in movies, TV, and music. From Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley, and Grease in the '70s, to The Stray Cats in the 80's, to Big Bad VooDoo Daddy and swing dance in the '90s--we have always had a great love of retro. After we finally made it to Viva Las Vegas in 2009 (and having a blast) on the ride home we started talking about opening our own store. Between Julie Ann's business education and retail experience, and my design and web experience, we covered almost all the bases we needed to get started.

The boutique was born of the desire to “do a store right”. Really it's a simple formula: attractive store, great merchandise and even better service – it's a winning combination. The clothing is a hand-picked collection of retro and vintage-inspired brands. We like classic styles with a bit of an edge. Retro for the everyday girl, and Heart of Haute is exactly that!

 



*What do you love most about operating your store?*


The people I meet whether through the store-front or as vendors. Many of our customers have turned into best friends. Everyone works well together and supports each other.



*What do you love most about Tonawanda?*
We are an up and coming neighborhood that you can take a day trip to. Our location has a nice "Main Street  USA" feel with lots of shops and restaurant. Andrew actually wrote a blog about it a few years ago (http://catslikeus.com/blogs/blog/54186308-main-street-still-exists-small-town-shoppin).

*Does your shop do anything special to participate in the local community?*
Yes, every month we have in in-store event that features a local artisan with a retro theme. It could be an artist selling universal monster prints, repro chalkware, or kitchen towels, a pinup hair and makeup demo, or dress seminar -- and that's only the beginning.

We are also strong supporters of the SPCA Serving Western New York. Every spring we collect food and items from their Wish List and, in exchange, we give our customers store discounts.



This year we are the Shop Small ambassadors for Tonawanda, to help promote the area on Small Business Saturday, November 28. It's fun to rally nearby places and show outsiders what a great hidden gem Tonawanda is!

Last but not least, we are organizing the 2nd annual Christmas in the City Swing Dance, a free dance with lesson included. Last year's dance was such a success, we were delighted to be asked to have another one this year.

So you can imagine there's always something going on!

*​At what events might we find Cats Like Us vending?​*
In the past we have vended at local burlesque shows, rockabilly concerts, and festivals. Since we run a tight ship, staffing can be hard. We limit ourselves to places nearby and only take select items.


*Is there anything your brick and mortar shop offers that the online shop does not?* 
Our online inventory is the same as the brick and mortar.

We we offer friendly, personalized service – which is very retro! We pride ourselves in making sure you look great in our clothes--so we tell you when an items looks good, AND when it doesn't. After all, every customer is our brand ambassador, so we want you to look your best!

We bring varied and wonderful artisans and feature related businesses in our store monthly.

 



*Anything else you'd like to share?*
We have an updated website that everyone should check out, and always have something special for our newsletter subscribers.You can sign up here: http://catslikeus.com/newsletter/
 

       Website: http://www.catslikeus.com/

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/catslikeusretro
    Twitter: http://twitter.com/cats_like_us
    Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/catslikeus/boards/
    Instagram: http://instagram.com/catslikeus

 

 

Heart of Haute has MOVED....again...but this time for the better and for good!

Hello My Haute Honeys,

So...here's the thing. We made the good  decision to move Heart of Haute to a new shopping platform
and that we think it will work MUCH better for us and for you, honeys! You may notice things look a little bit the same....and a little different around here.

SO HOW ABOUT A CONTEST ABOUT IT!?!?!?


All you have to do is register an account at the new HeartofHaute.com and you'll be automatically entered to WIN a $250 gift certificate!  
Winner will be contacted via e-mail on July 1st, 2015 and we'll make a fuss about you, too ;)

 


 

So What does this mean if I have an open order with HoH?
The truth is you wont be able to check status on your order
without our assistance. Your old account at HeartofHaute.com will no longer be available to you to check on.
If you have an open order or questions, just send an e-mail to orders@heartofhaute.com and either Alisa or Mandie will help you out with status/tracking information.

 

So here's a little bit of information if you care to read on:

So here's the news....We've been having a number of issues with our old shopping platform and finally decided to make the switch to something much more user friendly- for us AND for our customers. We've been making some changes around here about the way we conduct business as well.

To make things awesome for all of us, we are keeping inventory of the items we actually have in stock.

Heart of Haute has always been a "just-in-time" manufacturing type. Yes. We make everything here. If the item you want isn't in stock, WE MAKE IT FOR YOU! What other company does that?  Irma, Irene, and Juana are our in-house seamstresses. Liza is one of our production and sample cutters. These are the MAIN people that put your dream dress into reality and we value you them greatly here at HoH.  Our manufacturing type is NOT typical in this industry.  We do not mass produce items overseas and pack them in a warehouse. Our inventory changes on a daily basis as we are supplying boutiques around the world as well as individual customers that order directly from our website. 

All NEW items (especially new prints/designs)  will still be subject to the 7-10 business day ordering process, as we will be making items to order to keep everyone happy. But instead of offering our entire line this way, as we have since day 1, we will be keeping our basics and best sellers in stock. All fashion/seasonal items will be phasing out as they sell out.    If we have new items in stock- we'll mention it in our promotions.  And if you have a question about the ETA on a certain item, you can always call or e-mail to ask about it. We're happy to help.

So What else can you tell me?

If you've made it this far into reading, you'll be happy to find that I've set up a coupon for you
to use for 15% off, valid today  June 15-June 17, 2015.  Thank you for being a loyal customer and avid reader! I appreciate it, truly.
Use coupon Code:  ForTheLoveofHaute
With Love & No Regrets,
Mandie Bee
HeartofHaute.com

 

 

Are you a Haute Honey?

A Haute Honey is a fashionable babe with an eye for what looks good!  Able to dress her body type to pinup perfection! Have a great shot of yourself in your favorite Heart of Haute frock or separate?  Post 'em on Instagram and use hashtag #HauteHoney and you'll be automatically added to our website's Haute Honey gallery, plus you've got a chance to be featured on our IG! PLUS ~ every month we choose one lucky lady at random to WIN a $50 HoH Gift Certificate! So come on.... tag your selfies!

Holiday Gift Guide 2014

holidaygiftguide   The days are counting down!  Have you checked off all the honeys on your list? We've put together another Holiday Gift Guide for you~ Get all of your almost last-minute shopping done at Heart of Haute!  TresNoirOh la la - every doll needs a perfect pair of cat eye sunglasses. No doubt about it!  The Tres Noir Ultra Lux Sunglasses are an elegant accessory and protect her beautiful eyes with 100% UVA UVB protection.  She'll feel like a diva every day!  These sunnies are available in Gold Sparkle or Turquoise and Tortshell! seahorsenecklaceblkStocking stuffer!  An adorable aquatic buddy on a long gold chain, is just lovely with any outfit.  This sweet little Seahorse Pendant is a great gift for any of the gals on your list!  With just the right amount of nautical charm.  Check out our whole collection of Jewelry. gift guideThe Sweet Sweater is a thoughtful little gift any gal will love!  It's perfect to stuff in a stocking too - since it's wrinkle proof!  This charming outfit topper is the perfect everyday sweater, you can pop it into your purse and bring it out when it gets a little chilly on a spring night! Available in fun Black Dot, Nautical Black, Houndstooth, Classic Black, Red & White!   giftableAnd of course, there's always Gift Certificates! Perfect for when you don't know what to get her!  Receive a printable digital gift code within 1 business day of your processed order!  Give the gift of shopping!

Shimmer and Shine this Holiday Season

Our Darling Ludella Hahn gracefully models our Marie dress in Shimmer Slate & Gold. This print has a subtle metallic coat in the print (which we love this time of year). All of our metallic prints are even lovlier in person and you'll LOVE how they play in the light. For something special this season, turn your attention to our Shimmer collection of dresses... Marie and Irene dresses are ALL IN STOCK now in all sizes. Ready to ship! I know you need something stunning for that Holiday party, Honey. We got you!!
Create some Holiday Magic this season in our special Shimmer Prints!     Shop the Marie Dress in Gold: http://bit.ly/1rYltFd Shop the Marie Dress in Slate Shimmer: http://bit.ly/1zSdPke Shop the Irene Dress in Gold Shimmer: http://bit.ly/12nXGHT Shop the Irene Dress in Slate Shimmer: http://bit.ly/1yPxoKt

Hello Giggles Thinks our Super Spy is Dreamy!!!

A flurry of Super Spy dress orders came in today, and while this has been one of our best selling dresses at this time of year, the amount of orders seemed to be a bit more than usual.  We can thank Hello Giggles for that as their fashion blogger, Marie Lordi,  for recognizing a Heart of Haute classic!   This dress is irresistible. Just look at it. You can't say "no" can you? As soon as you get it on your body, YOU will be irresistible. Trust us. It's no wonder this is our #1 best selling dress since 2005. This wiggle dress is simple, yet sophisticated. The material is very forgiving- not too clingy and hugs in all the right places.   click the image below to read the full article... Shop for the Super Spy Dress in a variety of colors and similar styles here

Heart of Haute Giveaway - Kitties VS. Puppies!

Which is your favorite - kitties or puppies? We're giving away two skirts with our cutest animal inspired prints in this month's giveaway! Join us on Facebook and Instagram for your chance to WIN!

Get Honey Money Rewards! Heart of Haute Promotions

We're showing our appreciation for our loyal Haute Honeys by giving you a $25 Honey Money Giftcard when you spend $100 or more this month!!

It's time to bundle up on separates or snag that dress you've been waiting for!  Then use your $25 Honey Money Giftcard for your holiday fashion needs!  This is a limited offer that ends Sept 30th, so act quickly!

     -Alisa <3

First Impression Friday - Kiera Circle Skirt

First Impression Fridays - Kiera Circle Skirt First Impression Friday - Kiera Circle Skirt & Linda Crop Top Kiera Circle Skirt Named after the beautiful lady modeling it in these photos, the Kiera Circle Skirt is the newest addition to the Heart of Haute skirt family!  A true full circle skirt that's wonderfully twirl-able, with the added convenience of pockets!! All honeys love their pockets, making this garment both fashionable and functional! So far the only print this skirt is available in is the adorable 'Chambray Pin Dot Blue', which is one of my favorite prints.  This fabric has the look and feel of an authentic vintage fabric and remains delightfully cute while being very classy as well.  Plus it's a textured polka-dot fabric that's contrasting reverse is just as cute! Be one of the first ladies to snag this crowd-pleasing skirt by shopping here!

First Impression Friday - the Alisa Dress

First Impression Fridays - the Alisa Dress Welcome to the debut of First Impression Fridays! This FIF is on one of our newest dress styles - the Alisa Dress!  This dress is similar to the Aimee Dress, with longer sleeves added to it. Personally I thought this dress wouldn't fit me well because I'm always worried about my arms fitting into long sleeved garments with little stretch - but this dress didn't let me down!  It fits and flatters without being too baggy or too tight in the sleeves, and I just love the sweetheart neckline. [caption id="attachment_2141" align="alignright" width="214"]First Impression Fridays - the Alisa Dress The Alisa Dress in Olive Matrix[/caption] Another way this dress flatters any body type is the a-line skirt and included tie belt.  It cinches the waist in just the perfect way! [caption id="attachment_2143" align="alignright" width="201"]first impression friday - the alisa dress Dinah DeRosa in the Alisa Dress in Olive Matrix / Photo by Mandie Bee[/caption] I know this dress, just like our Mitzi Dress, will be just perfect for the cooler climates or for winter time.  However the Alisa is ever so slightly less modest than the Mitzi, which is fine by me! So far this dress is only available in Olive Matrix, but if you wanna try out the Alisa for yourself, we'll be happy to make you a custom one in any print you like, just send us an email at orders@heartofhaute.com or call us to order via phone at (909) 599-0715. What do you think, honeys?  Do you long for an Alisa of your own?