STEUBENVILLE - Trendy clothing for young women and adults is now available at Abrilyn's and Abrilyn's Plus at the Fort Steuben Mall.
Owner Mamadou Lee said he caters to a style-savvy, price-conscious clientele.
"I'm trying to bring something different to the valley," he said. "The things I have here are not things you'd normally find here, from shoes to clothes.
VALUE?AND?MORE — Owner Mamadou Lee says Abrilyn’s and Abrilyn’s Plus at the Fort Steuben Mall are bringing trendy styles and value to the Ohio Valley. — Linda Harris
TRENDY?STYLES — Megan Bowers, a sales associate at Abrilyn’s in the Fort Steuben Mall, looks over some of the trendy summer styles. — Linda Harris
Mamadou, who grew up in New York City, had a distribution business here before, "but this is what I used to do, clothing, before I came here. It's a business I know and love.
"I was ready for a change," he said. "What I was doing before was too time-consuming. I'd have 16-18-hour days and it just became too stressful. And now that I have kids, I need to spend some time with them."
Abrilyn's, which opened April 1, features the kind of trendy clothing, shoes and handbags in small sizes that young people love, he said. Abrilyn's Plus offers stylish apparel for adults from small to 2X and 3X sizes.
Abrilyn's Plus also carries a selection of nursing scrubs.
"Everybody's been thanking me for bringing it here, because now they can get what they want here. Why should anyone drive 60 miles one way when they can get it here," he said.
Both stores are open during normal mall hours: Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sundays from noon to 6 p.m.