Kara Shepherd is not one for sitting around the house watching the grass grow. The Paris native graduated from Georgetown College in 2013 and searched for a job in event planning.
When that didn't work out, Shepherd decided to start her own business. On April 1, which happened to be her 23rd birthday, she launched her online store, Karabootique.
Karabootique, a play on Shepherd's family nickname, "Karaboo," offers women's jewelry and clothing in sizes small to 3X. Including plus-size fashions in the mix was a must, Shepherd said.
"There's not really a lot of boutiques that offer extended sizes," she said. "So I thought, there's no way that I can open a store and not offer that."
Brands include Everly, Judith March and Esley Collection, with more to come.
"I'm constantly researching new brands," says Shepherd, who looks for labels that haven't saturated the local market. "Anything that I can do to stay unique and stick out, I try to do."
She also plans to add a selection of shoes.
Everything in the store is available online; she also offers merchandise at street festivals and pop-up shops.
Shepherd says she welcomes customer feedback and the chance to help find the perfect size or style. For more info, go to Karabootique.com or check out the store on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
More shopping news
■ The Athens Schoolhouse Antiques Show, 6270 Athens-Walnut Hill Pike, is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Certified appraiser Brian Buonocore will be there Saturday and Sunday and will appraise one piece of jewelry per person. The appraisal fee is $50. Show admission is $2, free for ages 11 and younger. Call (859) 255-7309 or go to Antiqueskentucky.com.
■ The Burlington Antique Show is Sunday at Boone County Fairgrounds, 5819 Idlewild Road in Burlington, in Northern Kentucky. Early bird admission, 6 to 8 a.m., is $5. Admission from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. is $3, free for ages 12 and younger. Go to Burlingtonantiqueshow.com for info.
■ Altar'd State is coming to Fayette Mall. It plans to open in the new middle wing development by the holidays.
The store, which donates a portion of its proceeds to charities, carries women's clothing, accessories and gifts. Labels include Toms, FashionAble scarves and Feed.
It's the second location for Lexington. Another store is in Hamburg at 2304 Sir Barton Way, No. 120.