80 West to reopen under new ownership

About two years have gone by since Barbara Macina opened her clothing boutique, 80 West, first on West Circular Street and then at 510 Broadway. While she built a loyal following of local shoppers, Macina said recently she has sold the store, which has been shuttered for several months.

“I love buying inventory and helping people find the right way to dress their bodies, but I decided that retail just isn’t for me,” Macina said. “It’s not a question that the business failed.”

At 23, she has time on her side, and plans to return to school for a teaching degree.

Macina was initially going to fold the business, but got an offer from Tara Imrie, who works as a hairdresser at the Fusion Salon next door. The sale was completed in early March.

Imrie, a 24-year-old aspiring fashion designer, will be co-owner of the store along with her mother, Mary Lou Imrie, and her aunt, Melanie Hiller.

The women plan an April 1 re-opening in the same location under the same name.

Look for new and expanded offerings of clothing, shoes and accessories.

Imrie said she plans to host “what not to wear” parties and launch her own line of custom-made bridal and evening wear in the spring of 2011.

The store will also be open longer hours, meaning there’s a good chance she’ll be hiring more employees down the road, Imrie said.

For more information, e-mail 80westofsaratoga@gmail.com.


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