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Openings, Closings of Downtown Covington, Newport Businesses

There is lots of movement going on with some Downtown Covington businesses. Some of the news is good and some of it is bad.

First, Kelley's Kloset, the discount ladies clothing store that first opened as a pop-up shop during the holidays and then with a regular location on Madison Avenue and then with a second location at Newport on the Levee, is closing its Madison Avenue location. 

Owners Michael Kelley and Russ Shirley also operate Home Style, a high-end consignment furniture store also on Madison Avenue.

"You all know how much we love Covington, as it is our home, and that we have tried to help create a small shopping district on Madison Ave. with our two stores, Home Style and Kelley's Kloset, and other great small businesses in the area operated by great individuals and energetic entrepreneurs," the pair wrote on Facebook. "However, unfortunately, the Kelley's Kloset store as it had started out well, has lately not been able to meet with sales expectations."

Home Style and the Levee location of Kelley's Kloset will remain open. The pair had operated two Home Style locations also before closing the one in Bellevue.

Additionally, Shirley and Kelley will soon open The Man Cave, a men's clothing and accessories store, also at Newport on the Levee. According to a post on Facebook, it will open Labor Day weekend.

Kelley's Kloset had been identified as one of 11 Covington businesses to get a new sign through the CoSign project coming this fall.

Meanwhile, the space vacated by Kelley's Kloset on Madison Avenue will soon be home to a second location for Pike Street Peddler, the antiques store owned by Peggy Muller that opened earlier this year

"Get ready for all the antiques, primitives, vintage furniture & decor that you can stand to see," Muller posted to the business's Facebook page. The new location at 506 Madison is just half a block from the other location on Pike Street.

Farther south on Pike Street, Rituals By Nature is shutting its doors. The all-natural skin and beauty products made on site at the business that opened late last year will be temporarily discontinued.

Owners Will and Missy Marlar created the brand four years ago before opening their first storefront in time for Christmas. But then a dreadful winter sunk their sales and they haven't recovered.

A problem the business faced, the Marlars said in a news release, is that their unique products last a long time because there is no water or filler in them, meaning they needed a large consumer base. They did not have the funds for widespread marketing.

The Marlars said that without a partner or investment, the product line will end this month. The store is already selling its last batches.
“I feel a strong passionate obligation to continue this business," Missy Marlar said. "Every fiber of my being says it’s what I am supposed to be doing; so much so, that my stress levels are keeping me personally from being healthy. We created a line of all natural products that help people when prescriptions and commercial products fail, these products help people deal with issues that impact their daily life, and we’re here suffering trying to fulfill our mission. If what we have been doing all of these years wasn’t helping people in a profound way, we would have stopped a long time ago. Due to a lack of funds for advertising, we have grown our company the old school way. Meeting people in public, always talking about our passion, giving products away to people that need them and can’t afford them, and of course, referrals. Word of mouth has been a pivotal player in the successes we have seen. Because of how we’ve had to grow, our circle of customers is so small. It’s really amazing to me that we have kept this going for as long as we have with so few people really buying consistently. I am confident that if we had the right plan, along with the help to run it, and capital for advertising, this company would grow leaps and bounds. My hope is that Will and I can rest, re-evaluate, re-group... and in the midst of all of that, hope to find the right person that wants to help us with our business.”
Pike Street Lounge, a bar farther south on Pike Street, also served its last beers a couple weeks ago, closing its doors.
-Michael Monks, editor
Photo: Sign advertising Kelley's Kloset at Newport on the Levee via the business's Facebook page