UPDATED — When the state forced Melange Custom Jewelry out of business in January, owner Leslie Kinder told Have You Heard?: “At some point, I guess I’ll just regroup, get back together and start another store.”
That’s exactly what she’s done, although instead of starting a new store, Kinder is reopening Melange at its former space in Delano at 718 W. Douglas.
“I’m still kind of running around happy that I got my keys back,” Kinder says.
She’s reopening June 12 and will be open half days most afternoons except for Sunday and Monday.
Kinder says she filed Chapter 13 to reorganize and is working out a plan with the state to pay more than $40,000 in back taxes.
Appraisals will be a new focus of the business.
“Until I was outside the store, I didn’t realize there was a need for somebody … to go and help people with estates and things like that,” Kinder says.
In addition to making monthly payments to the state, Kinder says she’ll raise the bulk of what she owes through a three-day sale to liquidate stock in the next month or two.
“I’m glad they’re going to let me do the sale in my own way.”
Kinder says she’ll let us know the date of the sale soon.