What started out as a love affair with color analysis 37 years ago before being transformed into a women’s clothing store, Kitty Roark’s Couleur Boutique will soon bid adieu to a bevy of loyal customers.
“They say when you come to the end of the road, you’ll know. Well friends, we’ve reached that moment,” Roark said in a Facebook post. “After 37 years of serving your trust at Couleur, the time has come to lock the doors for the last time.”
The shop, located in Towne Oaks Square near the intersection of Shreveport’s Line Avenue and Pierremont, has been running a store closing sale with discounts now up to 75 percent off original prices.
Shreveport’s Sharon Talbert shopped at Couleur’s for herself as well as for gifts for a number of years.
“I loved Miss Kitty. She was always so professional, sweet and helpful,” Talbert said. “I referred many of my friends to go see Miss Kitty. I am not sure where I will shop now and receive the high level of customer service one experienced at Couleur. The store and Miss Kitty will be missed.”
Minden’s Shannon Redwine said she never had a bad experience at the shop dating to her days in high school when she visited Roark for a color analysis.
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING
Shanna Jordan Stanfield: “Sad to see the store close. There aren’t any stores left with the personal expertise for sizing and helping like hers. The upscale experience you get from shopping at Couleur is unmatched.”
Princetta Barfield: “I ABSOLUTELY LOVE COULEUR! It was the only local establishment that carried my support garments. The staff was always kind & helpful. Ms. Kitty & the team will be truly missed.”
“Kitty would mix customer color foundation and pick your eye, cheek and lip colors specifically for you and your individual color palette,” Redwine said. That was a unique service that wasn’t offered around town. Kitty was always so glamorous and her voice was so welcoming and warm. You always left her shop feeling better than when you went in.”
Redwine continued to visit when the shop began selling unique specialty swimwear and cover-ups.
The Roarks met on a blind date in Houston and lived in East Texas before coming to Shreveport initially when Hershel took a job with home builder Don Coleman. They moved to Monroe where Hershel built homes for a period, but he rejoined the Coleman business in 1983. That’s when Couleur’s opened on Youree Drive near the intersection with Kings Highway. Now, another staple of the Shreveport-Bossier City community will leave a hole.
“Over 37 years I have had the privilege of sharing my passions with you – my customers and friends,” Roark said. “And I have loved every minute. They say that nothing is boring if it’s in your soul, and Couleur was an opportunity to share my soul with you.”
When the closing sale concludes, Couleur will join Bistro Byronz as lost stores along the Line Avenue corridor.
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