The Look Boutique
by Ashley Stewart
If you go into The Look Boutique in Cashiers, you may notice some new faces in the store. That’s because The Look is now under new management. Wendy and Robb King bought the boutique in February of this year from the original owners, Jan and Bob Lemons.
Living in Jacksonville, Florida, Wendy and Robb had always heard about the Plateau but had never had the opportunity to visit. While on a business trip to Asheville in October of 2013, Robb decided to drive up the mountain to see what the fuss was all about. He absolutely fell in love with the area and rushed home to tell Wendy. Within six months, they purchased property overlooking Lake Glenville. A year later, they bought a home in Sapphire. They finally decided to sell their home in Florida to join the community in 2017 permanently.
Last year, Robb was looking into commercial investment properties when Bob approached him about their intention to sell The Look. Robb was looking for an investment, and it might have seemed like a match made in heaven. At first, Robb wasn’t so sure. Neither he nor Wendy had direct experience in retail. Wendy had an extensive background in business and nursing. Robb spent much of his career as COO of a large franchise organization.
But after Wendy began working at The Look, it was clear that she had a knack for it.
“If you know people and listen well, you can serve them well,” she says.
Not to mention her ‘extensive experience,’ as Robb calls it, as a fashion consumer. “She had three walk-in closets back in Florida!” The rest, as they say, is history.
The Kings have already expanded the clothing lines that the women of Cashiers and Highlands have come to know and love.
“We’ve had customers asking for more colors, additional styles, and more options in fabrics. Something cooler and lighter for our visitors from warmer climates,” says Wendy.
They’ve also added higher-end denims in a variety of colors. “We’re bringing in fresh ideas, new designers, styles and expanding the lines our customers already love,” says Wendy.
The Look is open Monday – Saturday, 10:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. Call (828) 200-9573 or shop online at thelookcashiers.boutiquewindow.com to find the ‘Look’ you’ve been looking for.