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First Black woman-owned shoe store opens in Northtown Mall

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First Black woman-owned shoe store opens in Northtown Mall

by Brittney Ermon KSTP via

The first Black woman-owned shoe store opened its doors in Northtown Mall to welcome shoppers with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday afternoon.

Customers crowded “Boss Lady Shoetique” as the owner, Brittney Kline, welcomed shoppers for the first time.

If you take a walk in Kline’s shoes, you’ll find her journey came with ups and downs.

“It’s been a struggle, but it’s been fun. We ended up here today so I’m really excited,” Kline, Boss Lady Shoetique CEO, said. “I lost my job this past fall. And that really just made me want to go harder to my entrepreneurship.”

Boss Lady Shoetique started as an online business in 2019.

Kline wanted to go bigger so she brought her store to life making history as the first Black woman to open a shoe store in Northtown Mall.

“It also has made me a little bit nervous in terms of location because you don’t know how you’re going to be perceived or…

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