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Olive Boutique

“My whole life, I’ve wanted to do this,” says Olive Boutique owner Ali McMahon (seen in photo above), glancing around her store. “I grew up here, then lived in Seattle for 11 years. I couldn’t believe that Kailua still had this opportunity.” 

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Olive Boutique reflects McMahon’s visual merchandising background, with a hip-yet-effortless sensibility. “I wanted to bring to Kailua what people usually have to go into town to shop for,” she says, with brands such as Ella Moss, Bobi, Saint Grace and Kersh. One of her goals is to carry things that are made in the United States. “I’m very conscious of that,” she says.

Other goodies worth checking out: racks of cool wrapping paper and cards, and jewelry by Kailua-based designer Jojo Ponciano.

43 Kihapai St., 263-9919. Hours: Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, 10 to 4 p.m. Closed Sunday. Free parking in the back of the store, or use the metered parking out front. www.iheartolive.com.


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Cookie Clothing Co.

Christina Cook was ready. Her clothes were shipped. The MBA program in entrepreneurship was waiting in San Francisco. And then her mom told her that the space that had formerly housed Koko Cabana boutique was available. It was the perfect spot for her to open a store.
“So split-second decision, we decided to do it,” says Cook, whose nickname is Cookie. “We worked day and night for two weeks to get the store open and opened Dec. 12.”


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It might have been a sudden opportunity, but Cook was hardly a novice. She was raised in the clothing industry—“I’ve been going to trade shows since I was a toddler”—with her parents, Howard and Darcy, who were partners in the founding of Bebe and Bebe Sport.

Cook says her mom gave her some advice when it comes to stocking a store: “You can’t buy for a store just with your closet in mind,” she recalls Darcy telling her. “You have to shop for a wide range of people. I wear edgier stuff, more fashion-forward. I learned that you have to do the conservative along with the rhinestones.”

Cookie Clothing Co. has about six designer lines, with prices just above $100, but much of it is less, around $30 to $50, to let women mix and match, Cook says. In the future, she may do higher-end clothing, but, for now, her mantra is “fun, flirty and affordable.”

Koko Marina Shopping Center, 396-2665. Hours: daily, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., except until 8 p.m. Saturday and sometimes on Friday.

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