July 6, 2022


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Columbia Magnificence returns to Uptown Kingston

Columbia Wig and Magnificence Provide on North Entrance Road shuttered its magical doorways previously due December after 4 a very long time of operation, leaving native wannabe pirates and princesses throughout the mud.

Enter diploma correct, younger Felicita Chipak of Port Ewen, the previous operations supervisor of Kingston-based Fruition Chocolate, who says she offered Columbia for enterprise and satisfaction. Chip, a “cosplay” fanatic (Google it, think about me), couldn’t face up to when the industrial enterprise went up available on the market, even relating to herself inside the ultimate weeks of Columbia’s remaining countdown with former proprietor Laura Spacey. Chip now has a short storefront on North Entrance Road for simply the wings and is on the lookout for house to reunite her costumes and wigs beneath one roof finally.

Chip has been playing with face paints and clothes up, seeing that she turned into 6. “Mother at all times informed me, ‘If it’s good to be an artist, you’ll by no means make any money,’” she recalled. “So having my very personal industrial enterprise was my means of doing each.” A self-described “gamer feminine,” Chipak turned into a microbiology pupil who later studied film at CUNY. In the long run, I went into veterinary sciences, operating as a veterinary assistant at Hurley Animal Hospital. After a number of years of typically coping with ailing animals, said Chipak, she selected to work at Catskill Animal Sanctuary and Woodstock Farm Sanctuary. She mentioned she could possibly be a part of an animal’s restoration journey into fortunately ever after.

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The newly reformed Columbia Magnificence Provide is current focusing on wig gross sales whereas she nails down the following part of the industrial enterprise for which Columbia’s recognition is known far and in depth — the costumes. Jenae Yelena, a stylist from New York Metropolis, has been coming to her Kingston storefront on Tuesdays to chop, style, and custom-coloration wigs for patrons and the equal for her wig/sheitel clients. Yelena, initially of New Paltz, mentioned she had styled all folks from royalty to fashions to TV personalities. Yelena mentioned she came upon methods touring in all places globally, reminiscent of hair-wrapping in Brazil, fashioning wings, and additional on set for a Bollywood manufacturing in India, and hair seminars in Dubai.

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Columbia is usually promoting synthetic wigs, with clip-ins, weaves, and items. Chip said she could possibly be ordering real-hair wigs into inventory as time is happening. She maintains to advertise all the basics that keep any stage actor or human on the streets popping with fake eyelashes, nail polishes, theater and face make-up, mustaches, and hair merchandise. Chip admitted while purchasing for Columbia that her primary recognition changed into the costumes, until Columbia-files commenced speaking to her roughly the wings. At that time, she realized their important space within the enterprise. “I grew to become easiest going to do costumes, nonetheless then I met the purchasers and talked to them, and came upon I needed to carry the industrial enterprise all once more collectively,” she mentioned, together with {that a} furnishings employer from Hyde Park simply closed on the costume store’s former 3-tale house on Crown and North Entrance Avenue. Crowdfunding the future

Chip has carried out for quite a few enterprise gives, along with initiating an Indiegogo crowdfunding advertising and marketing marketing campaign to raise wished startup capital to be underway by utilizing October for Halloween, hoping to seize donations from the Columbia robe community. “It’s like a motion,” she said. Chip believes that with the growing presence of film crews in Kingston, UPAC, RUPCO’s Metro mission slated to host a TV movie and manufacturing arts, she plans to supply classes for school youngsters eager about attending to know theater make-up and robe lessons. Chip said she is witnessing a “theater custom” develop in Kingston and is crafting her advertising and marketing technique round that. “[Columbia Beauty] has at all times been a magnet for abilities,” mentioned Chip. She is hoping to offer classes within the new house.