Saturday, 31 August 2013 00:00
One of the latest stores to open in Manhasset is Inside the Armoire, specializing in fine lingerie, sleepwear, loungewear and swimwear. “After seeing a need on the North Shore of Long Island for expert fittings of foundation garments and quality underpinnings, I started my business in Locust Valley in 2011,” says owner and local resident Karen Papadopoulos, “and I decided to move it closer to home for several reasons.” Among the reasons she cites for choosing Manhasset are population density, demographics, proximity to other boutiques and its reputation as a premier shopping destination.
Joining the business since the relocation is another Manhasset resident, Cori Bayardelle. “The people of Manhasset are not just customers to us. They are our neighbors and friends. We enjoy being part of, and contributing to, this tight-knit community,” says Papadopoulos. “This vibrant community has embraced Inside the Armoire and we are proud to be established here,” she adds. It was evident to her, she states, that local businesses support each other and create a positive business environment.
“Personalized fitting and service is what sets this store apart from department stores,” says Papadopoulos. According to her, approximately 80% of women wear the wrong-sized foundation garments, and this can result in back pain, bad posture or improperly fitting outer clothing, all of which can lead to a decline in self-confidence. On hand at the store, she adds, is expert fitter Nicole Catanzano, who also plays a large role in managing the store and buying. “New to our team is Kim Marte, who has quickly become a member of the Inside the Armoire family,” says Papadopoulos.
“We make our customers feel comfortable from the minute they walk in, ultimately developing lasting relationships with them. We believe that foundation garments that fit correctly enhance a woman’s outer appearance, and her self-worth as well,” she states.
The lingerie store carries items “from our favorite designers that include Aubade, Chantelle, Cosabella, Eberjey, Karla Colletto, Skin, Simone Perele and Vix and many more,” points out Papadopoulos. “We also have many gift options and encourage men to shop for that someone special, providing guidance when needed,” she adds.
Submitted by the Manhasset Chamber of Commerce. www.manhassetny.org