Hello lovely readers,

There is so much to say, and I don't even know where to begin! Let's see...first off, WELCOME to our BLOG!  My name is Claire Kostelka, co-owner/manager of our newest store- HeirLoom by HerringStones- (yes, you read that correctly). In the spring of 2017 we are E X P A N D I N G to Youngsville, Louisiana! Secondly, this blog will be THE place to visit in order to read about our latest news, trends, and styles we are crushing on each season. I wanted to start this blog as a way to spread the news and get everyone just as excited as we are about our newest store, HeirLoom by HerringStone's. Therefore, let me share with you our journey from past to present and give you a little more insight to our store history.

It's hard to believe that 27 years ago on April 1,1989 two sisters, Debbie Herrington and Cindy Stone, turned their dreams into reality and opened the first HerringStone's Boutique in Monroe, Louisiana. With A LOT of hard work, years of constantly targeting new trends, and seeking out the best brands and merchandise, Debbie and Cindy transformed the Twin City area into THE trendiest place in Northeast LA. Shoppers quickly realized that HerringStone's was the FIRST boutique to offer fashion forward style for all ages. Not only was the store noticed for its merchandise, but also for its AMAZING one-on-one customer service. Debbie, Cindy, and their staff worked tirelessly every day of the week in order to make sure customers received the best of the best. It's no secret that the trends and fabulous customer service are still a HUGE part of why the store has been such a success. In fact, you can say the success of HerringStone's of Monroe led Hanna Herrington Lavergne to pursue her dreams and follow in the footsteps of her mom and aunt to open her own HerringStone's Boutique in Lafayette, La.

Hanna Herrington Lavergne is the daughter of Debbie Herrington and one of the most AMAZING women you will ever get the pleasure of meeting! After college, Hanna took a leap of faith and moved down south to Lafayette, Louisiana. With a passion for retail, she knew exactly what she needed to do- bring a HerringStone's down south. Well, that's just what she did! In a sense you can say that Debbie and Cindy passed the family heirloom, (HerringStone's), to her and opened the doors to expanding their family business. On April 1, 2010 Hanna opened her very own HerringStone's of Lafayette. With the help of her Mom and Aunt Cindy, Hanna has brought the same trend setting fashion and customer service to south LA. About the same time Hanna was transforming Cajun country into a stylish and fashion forward city, I selected Lafayette as my new home. When I moved here to attend the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, I had no idea that getting a part-time job at HerringStone's of Lafayette would literally lead me to find my passion in life.

In the beginning, I figured that Hanna only hired me because she knew how much I loved HerringStone's of Monroe and because my area code was 318- (us North Louisiana girls have to stick together down here in Cajun country). But before I knew it, I was working at HerringStone's and loving every minute of it. Hanna must have seen something in me that I didn't see in myself because she took me under her wing and allowed me to grow as a part of the HerringStone's family and also as a part of her family. My love for retail evolved because of everything I saw Hanna do as a successful business woman doing what she loved most. Her love for retail evolved from watching her mom and aunt become successful business women doing what they love most. As you can see, HerringStone's is nothing short of a valuable family business. The store is a culmination of dreams, passion, and hard work. When I saw my opportunity to help expand Cindy's, Debbie's, and Hanna's dream of growing HerringStone's yet again, I jumped at the opportunity. But this time, I wanted to help create a store where shoppers can feel the sense of value that HerringStone's has built over the years. Therefore, I did some research and came across the word "heirloom". By definition heirloom means- something of value passed on from one generation to the next. I remember thinking to myself, "OH MY GOSH. THIS IS IT." God could not have made a more perfect word to describe our new store. Debbie and Cindy passed their love for retail down to Hanna and in turn Hanna passed her love for retail to me. That passing down from one generation to the next helped form our new store's name- HeirLoom by HerringStone's.

We are so SO excited to be able to finally say we are E X P A N D I N G and opening our new store in the Spring of 2017 in Youngsville, La. We hope you continue following our journey and watching us grow because we wouldn't be able to pursue our dreams without your help and support! We can't wait for you to shop with us as we continue growing the HerringStone's family with the first ever HeirLoom by HerringStone's!

-xoxo,

Claire