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Boutique brings Goodwill good taste

Goodwill of Southern Nevada is getting more chic.

On Sept. 6, the nonprofit will open its first Déjà Blue Boutique at 10300 W. Charleston Blvd. Unlike other stores bearing the Goodwill name, this shop exclusively will feature a selection of brand-name, fashion-forward clothing, shoes, accessories and household decorative items. All at a reduced price.

Déjà Blue is modeled after similar successful upscale Goodwill locations in Denver and Orange County.

“We are paying a lot of attention to the kind of atmosphere we are creating inside the new boutique,” said Steve Chartrand, Goodwill of Southern Nevada president and CEO, in a statement. “With new fixtures, upscale displays and flooring, it will bring the bling to Summerlin. In fact, customers may not even realize they are shopping at Goodwill.”

With the opening of the new boutique, the nonprofit will operate 12 retail locations in Southern Nevada. Revenue funds the group’s job placement and training programs. Last year the organization helped 1,800 people find employment and provided services to more than 8,000.

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Trend Nation keeps moving on up.

In its four-year existence, the North Las Vegas company has grown from three employees to almost 30. It’s doubled its office space recently, moving into a 33,000-square-foot facility. In the next year the company plans to hire 20 people.

Trend Nation warehouses, markets and sells more than 14,000 products to global customers online. In 2011 it reached its first $1 million in revenue.

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Grocery delivery company Blue Apron is coming to the West Coast.

The Brooklyn-based company offers once-a-week service through which members receive recipes, detailed cooking instructions and all the fresh ingredients.

Its West Coast facility in Richmond, Calif., includes a 30,000-square-foot refrigerated distribution center and employee offices, and will allow for expansion into 10 states: Nevada, California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and select markets in Utah, Arizona, Colorado, Wyoming and New Mexico.

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Call it the British invasion.

About 30 British brands exhibited at FN Platform during MAGIC Market Week, including David Scott, Solovair and Steptronic. Brought together by the British Footwear Association, some of the exhibitors included many graduates and new talent from U.K. design colleges. In February, British designers wrote more than $2.2 million in orders at FN Platform, the footwear show produced by Advanstar.

All of the brands are showing their spring and summer 2014 collections. About 80,000 attendees were expected at the show.

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Local company Xyience is growing.

The brand solidified three new partnerships recently with Canada Dry Delaware Valley Bottling Co., Canada Dry Potomac and Carolina Beverage Corp.-Cheerwine. Through these new relationships the company’s Xenergy energy drink will be sold in added stores in Philadelphia, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Washington, D.C.

More than 2,500 retailers will be added to Xenergy’s distribution with these new contracts.

Contact reporter Laura Carroll at lcarroll@reviewjournal. com or 702-380-4588. Follow @lscvegas on Twitter.

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