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.
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.
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.