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Second Chance Boutique closing - new renters coming soon

Second Chance Boutique is closing its doors on mainstreet Perham. The store is liquidating all merchandise and racks. The owner said the business will be open just a couple more weekends trying to remove all remaining inventory. Michael Johnson/Focus1 / 2
Second Chance Boutique is closing and currently liquidating all inventory and displays. The owner said the boutique will open just a few more days during February to try to sell remaining items at a discount. Michael Johnson/Focus2 / 2

Second Chance Boutique, formerly Beautiful Mess, located in downtown Perham is having a going out of business sale, selling off all merchandise and displays in February.

The store was last open Monday with only a few small racks of clothing left, along with some footwear and displays, many of which were sold. Some customers were looking at display racks to use in their own stores that day.

Owner Trisha Kawlewski said Monday that she opened the business in March 2015 at the age of 18. She said she invested a lot of time and money to make it her own. She listed the business for sale in August 2017. That's when it opened under a new name, Beautiful Mess. That business did not work out as hoped and Kawlewski got the boutique back in January. Unfortunately, Kawlewski already had her hands full going to barber school in Fargo. Living in Moorhead, she knew she could not continue the business and pursue her plans of becoming a barber. She made the decision to close the business and started liquidating Jan. 25.

"I kind of had no choice," Kalewski said. "I'm no longer living there. It's sad to see it go," Kawlewski said. "I've had a lot of regular customers, and it really was an awesome place."

The building does have new renters, according to Perham Economic Development Director Chuck Johnson. He said he could not yet release the name of the new renters or what their business will be. He said that information will likely be public in as little as a couple weeks.

"I'm happy to see there is such a quick transition," Johnson said.

Kawlewski, a Perham High School graduate, said she looks forward to seeing what the new business may be. She was thankful to all the customers that supported the business and said she will continue to update the Second Chance Boutique Facebook page with the remaining days the store will be open.

As for the future barber, Kawlewski said she is enjoying the school and looks forward to bringing her skills to work as a barber in Perham later this summer or fall. She has two sisters that are also barbers. Her program is about 10 months long, and she expects to graduate in June.