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Clothing store to open in Eagle

Connie Steiert
Special to the Daily Jennifer Chizmadia, left, and her mother, Joyce, are the owners of the Uptown Boutique, scheduled to open in the Eagle Crossing Center this month.

EAGLE – The New Year is here, and with it typically come a plethora of new resolutions and new beginnings. There’s one new beginning this New Year, however, which is sparking a good deal of interest among lots of downvalley shoppers.The Uptown Boutique, set to open this month, will be the first full-fledge-clothing store Eagle and Gypsum have seen in some time. True, a couple of other local stores offer a few clothing items among their lingerie and gift lines, but the Uptown Boutique will be filled with a whole range of clothes for work, relaxation or partying.Opening the second week in January, Uptown Boutique’s name says it all. “We’re not in downtown Eagle,” co-owner Joyce Chizmadia is fond of saying. “We’re in uptown Eagle.” They’re in the Eagle Crossing Center, to be exact, behind the Eagle Diner.Chic style

But beyond its physical location, Uptown Boutique will be “uptown” because of the unusual, fun and beautiful clothing and accessories – all the latest styles for women – it will carry, Chizmadia says. “What we’ve done in the store is buy clothes that appeal to the 20-something set, as well as clothes that appeal to the bridge set – the hip mom, like the ‘Missy’ fit for the more mature women. We will have a little of everything,” says Chizmadia, who is opening the store with her daughter, Jennifer.Better still, these “uptown” styles will be offered at affordable prices, she says. “We really worked hard to get moderately priced lines,” says Joyce Chizmadia, who has had a home in the valley for the past 13 years. “We wanted to have a place locals could go to that had cute, fashionable clothes, without paying exorbitant prices like you do in some boutiques,” adds Jennifer Chizmadia. She says there is a lot of clothing available that is stylish, well constructed, and yet moderately priced. The majority of clothes that Uptown Boutique will carry retail for under $100.For all agesThe Uptown Boutique was a dream that simmered on the back burner for a while, but came together like magic this fall, the Chizmadias say.

In July, the subject came up when Jennifer, who has worked in the fashion industry in Los Angeles for several years, was in-between jobs. She had decided to return home to Eagle, and mother and daughter talked about how fun it would be to go into business together. Then, an upcoming summer show in Las Vegas spurred an impromptu decision, and the next thing they knew, the two were in the back seat of their car, creating business plans, as husband and father John Chizmadia drove.”I know the other side of the business,” Jennifer says. “It was a no-brainer.”The Uptown Boutique will feature clothes by Kenzie, Nomadic Traders and Mack and Jack as well as the pants of Margaret M, the baby-soft sweaters of French Dressing and trendy Made T-shirt line. The beautiful prints, and rich colors of Tianello, in oh-so-soft Tencel fabrics are not only elegant and sophisticated, but also as comfortable as pajamas, Chizmadia says. In addition, the store will carry three different, lines of jeans: Mavie, Big Star and the premium line, Red Engine.Uptown Boutique will also have accessories like Angora fedoras in pastels or black and white; feathery boas and hats from Peru; pocketbooks; fun jewelry; and designer belts made especially for Uptown Boutique. There will even be a line of fitness clothing for active types.”We will have clothing people my age can buy, and where people my mom’s age can buy clothes,” says Jennifer, who is 27.

Bowling nearbyAlthough Jennifer has since taken another job in the denim industry in Los Angeles, and will spend a good portion of her time in California, she will still be working for Uptown Boutique, “pounding the pavement” looking for to add to Uptown Boutique’s inventory. “We’ll be able to carry things that other people won’t have,” she says.Joyce Chizmadia, who owned a computer distributing business for 18 years and has worked in the valley as ski instructor and, currently, as yoga instructor at the Cascade Club, will be scouting out the latest designs in other markets, such as New York City, she says. The Uptown Boutique is located right next door to Pazzo’s Pizzeria – which will open its new Eagle location at roughly the same time as the Uptown Boutique – and just down from the Back Bowl bowling alley. The Chizmadias says out the Eagle Crossing Center will be a great place to spend an afternoon or evening.”You can go bowling, eat pizza and come shopping,” Joyce Chizmadia says.Vail Colorado

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