Flair for Fashion
(L to R): Jerri Roush, Eve Carlson and Kari Reyner
Photography and Styling by Wendy Pearce Nelson, Blue Fox Photography
"I still absolutely love what I do—I am beyond grateful and never take one day for granted!" –Eve Carlson
Eve Carlson (Eve’s Revolution, 1312 Colorado Ave., 719.633.1357, evesrevolution.com) received her masters in education at UCCS and taught special education in Colorado Springs for seven years. “I loved teaching,” Eve says, “but I really had this passion for opening up a consignment shop.” She and her husband purchased and renovated the home that now houses the shop, which opened in 2000. The couple lived in the back two rooms, and the front three were turned into the shop. “The shop is really a labor of love for my husband and I,” she says. “We truly refer to it as our baby.” After about five years, they started transitioning from consignment to retail. “It’s been such a fun journey,” Eve says.
"Clothing is empowering, and when you feel good in what you are wearing, it just boosts your self esteem and confidence." –Jerri Roush
Jerri Roush (What to Wear, 2714 North Gate Blvd., 719.203.4900, whattowearrm.com) has a background in sport marketing and event planning, a business in which she’s still involved in addition to running her boutique. Jerri’s sister Jill opened the first What to Wear in Illinois 10 years ago. “I have always loved fashion and shopping, particularly at boutiques,” Jerri says. “My husband and I talked for a few years about opening a What to Wear here in Colorado Springs in the Flying Horse area where we live. In 2016, we decided we were going to move forward.” What to Wear is a women’s and men’s clothing boutique with accessories and gifts. “Although I can say opening a boutique wasn’t necessarily part of my career plan,” Jerri says, “it combines my marketing and events background with my love for fashion.”
What you wore and how you were put together was a big part of growing up in a southern family. –Kari Reyner
On a visit home to Columbia, South Carolina, Kari Reyner (fab’rik, 5278 North Nevada Ave., 719-598-3440) saw the fab’rik concept and thought it would be a perfect fit for Colorado Springs. “I loved that most things in the store were under $100,” she says, “and it also had a mission to give back to the communities where it had a presence.” After months of hard work vetting, due diligence, and construction, fab’rik Colorado Springs opened its doors in November 2015. Fab’rik Colorado Springs has given Kari the opportunity to be involved in the community on many levels. She is in involved in many networking groups and has done a number of fundraising events for local nonprofits, donating more than $13,000 to local nonprofits over the 3.5 years of being in business.
Dress to Impress
Fashion-forward residents of Colorado Springs have a number of choices when it comes to expressing their person style.
708 N. Weber
You never know what treasures you might find at this upscale resale boutique.
315 N. Tejon St.
Classic meets contemporary with a large selection of clothing and jewelry at Colorado Co-Op.
Delilah’s Fashion Truck Mobile boutique
Delilah’s has been bringing a carefully curated selection of clothing and accessories to the Front Range, and now you can pin them down at small storefronts in inside Splendeur Salon in Old Colorado City and inside French Ruffle Market in Monument.
2605 W. Colorado Ave.
EllyBLUE—named for the owners’ border collie/blue heeler mix, Elly—specializes in women’s clothing, jewelry, gifts, and home decor.
230 N. Tejon St.
Halo Boutique has a passion for fashion with high levels of service and “insanely cute” clothes at affordable prices.
Kirk & Hill
Chapel Hills Mall, 1710 Briargate Blvd.
At Kirk & Hill, you can refine your wardrobe while getting a big bang for your buck. Stylists will help you hone your personal sense of style and fill in what you need.
MacKenzie & West
2530 W. Colorado Ave.
This Old Colorado City spot has a fun and creative assortment of clothing and gifts.
103 N. Tejon St.
Tailored West offers fabulous fashion, featuring Colorado-made fashions and unique gifts.
208 N. Tejon St.
Terra Verde has been offering the latest in women’s clothing, jewelry, handbags, accessories, home decor and gifts in downtown Colorado Springs for 25 years.