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Press & News: Leela & Lavender now open at The Shoppes at Arbor Lakes

By: Press & News

The Shoppes at Arbor Lakes in Maple Grove is home to a new store, Leela & Lavender. This one-stop style shop carries clothing, shoes, accessories, home items, gifts, and, more.

Leela & Lavender is dedicated to helping all women to discover their best self with style, fit and price variety designed to inspire. Explore a variety of brands such as PAIGE, Joe’s Jeans, Blank NYC, Barefoot Dreams, Vince Camuto, Dolce Vita and more for all sizes XS to 3X.

Leela & Lavender is the creation of Jill Shea and Laura Polanski, moms and entrepreneurs passionate about creating a culture of happiness that revolves around family and giving back. The women have a combined 35 years of retail experience and most recently worked at a family-owned 150 store retail chain that closed its doors after 60 years.

Shea and Polanski opened their first boutique in the fall of 2017 in Fargo. Today they have five locations with the newest Leela & Lavender boutique opening at The Shoppes in Maple Grove at the end of June.

The name has a couple meanings, according to Shea. “Leela” means “great adventure” or “great discovery,” a fitting moniker for a store that aims to offer “style adventure” to customers.

The “lavender” part reflects the goal of being a relaxing, spa-like place to shop, relax or even hold private events like bachelorette or birthday parties, Polanski said. “We want people to feel good when they shop here,” she said. “We really want to empower women to be their best self.”

For those who don’t like to shop, the store offers “style sessions,” where customers can fill out a questionnaire and employees select clothing options and have a dressing room ready when the guest arrives.  

Leela, & Lavender is located across from Pottery Barn and next to Let’s Dish! at The Shoppes at Arbor Lakes, which is located at 12185 Elm Creek Blvd N. in Maple Grove.

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