Upon seeing the quaint Uptown Lexington district after relocating to be closer to her fiancé’s family, Krista Miller knew she wanted to open a plus size women’s boutique there. “I was exploring uptown and saw a storefront that was going to be available for rent. I barely had time to think about it before jumping right in and signing the lease,” said Miller.
She signed the lease on September 1, 2017 and by the last day of the month, she was opening her doors. On the day of Cooper Ridge Collection’s grand opening, there were women lining up to get inside hours before the doors were scheduled to open. Miller recalled, “The day we opened was the scariest and greatest day of my life! There were women shopping wall to wall in the store and I knew I was meeting a need for women’s apparel.”
Krista is no stranger to plus size clothing stores. “When I was in college, I was so frustrated with plus sized clothing offerings I decided to open by own consignment boutique,” she said. She recalled the frustrations of having only limited stores with high priced clothes that were priced out of her college budget as well as the aggravations of shopping in thrift stores with little to no clothes to offer. With the help of her parents, she became not only a college student majoring in entrepreneurship, but started her first store offering quality and affordable consignment clothing options for plus size women.
“I was always a larger kid, and shopping for my size and body type was always a struggle for my parents and me when I was growing up,” said Miller. “I believe that every woman should have access to clothing that fits and flatters her body, no matter her size.”
With her fashion inspiration coming from her mother and a childhood friend, Krista was enthralled with classic and simple elegance and became interested in fashion. “My Mom dressed up for corporate America every day for 20 years and her outfits were always perfectly put together down to the classic statement jewelry she wore,” said Miller. She recalled the effortlessness in her mother’s elegance and wanted the same for herself and other plus sized women.
In addition to her mother’s inspiration, she says her best friend from kindergarten was also a huge influence in helping her to develop her fashion sense. “She had this elegant and simple style with every outfit she wore. Her hair was perfectly curled or straightened for each outfit,” Miller recalled.
Inside the doors of Cooper Road Collection you will find plus sized women’s fashions ranging from sizes 12 – 28 and XL – 6X. The clothes will suit women of all ages and, most importantly, the Cooper Collection is local to Davidson County.
“There are limited options when shopping for plus sized clothing locally. Cooper Road Collection helps to fill that void,” according to Miller. “I’ve heard women express their disappointment when shopping some of the big box stores’ plus size sections. They feel the clothing isn’t catered to their age or the items aren’t trendy. At Cooper Road Collection, we have something for all ages, trendy and affordable!”
Cooper Road Collection
16 West Second Avenue
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