Hairstylist Denise Hewitt has opened a new business on Mitchell Avenue in Fondren. Pritzy Katz Salon and Kids Conisgnment Shop specializes in like-new clothing for infants to juniors. Prices begin at $2 and shoppers can find brands like Mud Pie and Ralph Lauren. Some of these outfits normally retail for $30, and when we visited, we found pieces priced at $10.

The shop will sort through and keep only resalable items. Items that don’t fit that criteria go to Matt’s House in Midtown, a shelter for women and children. Consigners get 40% of the sale

Hewitt, a veteran hair stylist who once had a salon in Byram, told us about Pritzy Katz…

How did you start?
When my now 13 year old daughter was younger, I thought of bringing her outgrown clothing in to my salon to sell. I brought a piece or two in at a time, then clients who had grandchildren asked me to consign their stuff. Before you know it, I was looking for a place to open a shop.

Do you offer additional services?
Yes! We will host Glam Spa Parties. In this area, we don’t have a place to pamper young children. We’ll have cowgirl parties, princess parties and diva parties beginning in June. Party packages start at $200 for nine guests plus the birthday girl. They’ll get a mini mani, mini pedi, cucumber scrub facial and refreshments and party girl gets a special gift from Pritzy Katz. We’ll also host baby showers and pampering parties for adults too. And, as the name says, we are a salon! I will also do hair for all ages here.

What sets you apart?
I’m the only children’s consignment store in this area. I want to offer quality service. My hope is to come as close to new as I can for people in a certain budget. At back to school time, I’m planning a uniform giveaway. We can fix up a nice bag with maybe a couple of pair of shirts and couple of shirts.

Future Plans?
I’d like to grow, maybe have two or three more locations. I’d like to cater to plus sized children, too. I might offer some sort of dietary programs to help overweight children through a client of mine who helps obese adults get healthy.

Why Fondren?
Fondren has always been a hot, funky area. I’m at the stadium during football season, I shop Orange Peel and two of my favorite restaurants are Que Sera Sera and Sal & Mookie’s. This is a high traffic and historic area that gives people the opportunity to walk door to door to shop.

Update: July 2013 – Pritzy Katz has closed.

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