By SARAH SHMERLING | Editor-in-Chief
Following nearly three-month closures due to Safer at Home orders, wellness and beauty spot Botanica Bazaar and children’s clothing store mini mioche report they have permanently closed their Palisades Village locations.
Both tenants opened with the development in September 2018.
“The prolonged store closures due to the coronavirus has had a profound negative impact on many small businesses throughout the country,” a representative from Caruso shared. “We are saddened to see Botanica Bazaar and mini mioche close, however remain encouraged that all restaurants have reopened and 90% of retail tenants are operating, with the final few to open in the coming weeks.”
Botanica Bazaar Founder Leilani Bishop explained that the Palisades Village store was closing “due to the unforeseen circumstances” and that the team would be shifting their focus to its flagship store and online.
“Sending a heartfelt thank you to our Palisades community and our amazing staff,” Bishop shared with the Palisadian-Post. “We loved getting to know you and your families.”
Bishop added that Botanica is offering free shipping around the country.
“Sending love to all affected during these trying times,” she concluded.
Mini mioche, the third brick-and-mortar location for the brand and the first outside of Toronto at the time of opening, offered a selection of children’s clothing focused on neutral colors and unisex style.
The store was a “boutique location,” which meant that it specialized in apparel only.
“We unfortunately had to make the difficult decision to close our shop in Palisades Village,” mini mioche Founder and President Alyssa Kerbel explained to the Post. “As a small, independently owned Canadian business, there have been many challenges associated with running a retail operation in another country, however the challenges that the pandemic unexpectedly brought upon us simply made it too difficult for us to carry on.”
Kerbel shared that the team loved their time in Los Angeles and are “very grateful for the support that the Palisades community” and costumers have shown to mini mioche.
“We hope that people will consider contributing to shop and support us online,” Kerbel said.
Botanica Bazaar and mini mioche marked the fifth and sixth stores to close at Palisades Village since it opened in 2018, following General Porpoise in March 2019, Vintage Grocers, and Rachel Zoe and Fleur du Mal both having their retail residencies come to an end.
“In keeping with tradition, Caruso properties are ever changing—bringing our communities the most coveted names in shopping, dining and entertainment,” the representative added. “Conversations are well underway to make way for an exciting and innovative new retail experience at Palisades Village.”
Stores slated to open in the development in the coming months include Ombra Ristorante + Bar, Reformation and WILLIAM B + friends.
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