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Business

Bella Roba boutique in Wheaton to close

Opened on Hale Street in June 2013

Bella Roba boutique, 104 N. Hale St., Wheaton, plans to close its doors by the end of February. Owner Stacy Jansen opened the store in June 2013.
Bella Roba boutique, 104 N. Hale St., Wheaton, plans to close its doors by the end of February. Owner Stacy Jansen opened the store in June 2013.

WHEATON – For the past five years, Bella Roba owner Stacy Jansen-Rajchel has offered stylish and unique women's clothing for every occasion.

"I wanted something unique that could have something for everyone," the Wheaton resident said. "I sold merchandise from a mid- to high-end price range. We also carry business casual clothing, which there's not a lot of shops that do. We carry casual and business casual, and I even kind of branched out into cocktail dresses for special events."

Jansen-Rajchel plans to close the store at 104 N. Hale St. in downtown Wheaton by the end of February to start a family. She got married last August in Adams Park in downtown Wheaton and met her husband, Finny Rajchel, while working at the store.

"He proposed in the store," Jansen-Rajchel said.

The store's inventory has changed over the years. When Bella Roba first opened, it sold more furniture than clothing.

"Our whole lower level is furniture that's been repurposed or refinished," Jansen-Rajchel said. "Initially, when the store opened, it was more of a home decor/furniture type of store. And probably a year into it, we really started getting more into clothing."

She has put her all into running the store.

"I do all of the buying, all of the displays and all of my accounting," Jansen-Rajchel said. "If I'm not here, I'm still doing 5,000 things someplace else."

Kathy Teach of Wheaton said she will miss the store. She has been shopping at Bella Roba for the past three years.

"They have a nice mix of trendy but classic clothing and jewelry," Teach said. "And they have an extremely friendly staff that is willing to help."

Teach said she likes supporting local businesses.

In anticipation of the store's closing, everything in Bella Roba is 25-percent off, including sale merchandise.

"I'm shooting [for the store to close] at the end of February," Jansen-Rajchel said. "We do have a ton of inventory, so it could possibly go into March. I'm not rushing it, so to speak. Since I own the building, we don't have to be out by a certain date."

People have expressed interest in doing something with the space, Jansen-Rajchel said.

Bella Roba is Jansen-Rajchel's first business venture. She said closing the store will be bittersweet.

"I cultivated some amazing friendships and relationships," Jansen-Rajchel said. "I met my husband there, and now it's the next chapter."

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