Some of the beautiful products available in the store.
BY ROSEMARY FETTER
The creative mother and son duo, Kendal and Kay Hall.
Kendal Hall and his mother Kay have been popular retailers in the metro area for many years. Kay opened Happy Canyon Flowers on Hampden Avenue 35 years ago, and it quickly became a landmark floral and lifestyle boutique. “I joined her about 20 years ago as part owner and general manager,” Kendal said. “After a long and successful run, we decided it was time to change course.” Originally, Kendal planned to open a boutique in Palm Springs, and Kay would join him during the winter tourist-driven months. “After careful consideration, we decided to stay here instead. Establishing roots in a new town at this time didn’t feel right. Thus a new business plan was born and be. opened about a year and a half ago in Greenwood Village.”
With colorful and dramatic displays and a warm, inviting atmosphere, be. aims to scintillate the senses, offering unique treasures in a comfortable neighborhood setting. Upon entering the store, the aromatic home fragrance collections coupled with dramatic and inviting visual displays draw you in. Pillow-laden wood shelves hanging high from the ceiling are set off by a towering Aspen tree in the center of the store. “Our inspiration comes from thoughtfully curating products that are both unique and fanciful,” Kendal said. “We offer home décor, aromatic home fragrances, luscious body care lines and the latest lifestyle and decorating books, plus jewelry, gifts and personal accessories.
Like everything else about be., the name is unique. “When I was thinking about what to call the shop, I wanted to pay homage to my mom and the values she taught me: be inspired, be loving, be thoughtful, be curious…to just be myself,” said Kendal. “Those values became our creed that’s posted on the front door for everyone to see. I am an aesthetic-driven person, and I get it all from my mom. Plus I couldn’t ask for a better business partner.” Kay works at the shop four days a week.
Kendal calls be. a lifestyle store, not just a gift shop and home décor store. “We want to be a destination for people looking to find the perfect gift, a fresh touch for their living space or just an inspiring place to visit. We think there is something for everyone who walks in the door. Also, we think it’s important to stay on trend and keep up with what is happening now. We curate through gift and home markets from Atlanta, Las Vegas, and Dallas, looking for things that are fresh and exciting.
“We have always felt that customer service is the reason people return, so we do all we can to create a welcoming environment,” he added. “We want everyone to leave the store feeling that they’re glad they came in. The customer support since we opened has been tremendous, and many familiar faces are finding us every day. And we are so happy that they are.”
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