A new boutique opened in Matlacha a few months ago offering customers antiques and collectables, along with rhinestone clothing that incorporates the cancer ribbon design in the picture.
Pinky's Etc., which opened its doors in the middle of August, took over the business, Island Tailors, which used to occupy the residence. Carmela Salvato and Bob Cochrane are the owners of the new business.
"The price was right and we closed the deal and bought the name Island Tailors," Cochrane said, which was later changed to Pinky's Etc.
Carmela Salvato and Bob Cochrane, owners of Pinky’s Etc. in Matlacha, stand in front of their
new apparel with a palm tree design that incorporates ribbons for cancer survivors.
When they purchased the business, he said they decided to continue to offer alterations, which is 60 percent of their business, along with dry cleaning services for the residents of the island. The alterations include clothing repair like shortening, taking in and letting out.
If residents drop off their dry cleaning by noon, they will receive their clothing back the next day. When dropped off after 12 p.m., they will receive it one day later.
Since Salvato and Cochrane opened the boutique, they have added antiques and collectables from Maine, which includes such items as glassware, pottery and black and white pictures. The collection was brought down with Salvato when she moved to Florida from Maine three years ago.
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What: Pinky's Etc.
Owners: Carmela Salvato and Bob Cochrane
Where: 4126 Pine Island Road, NW, in Matlacha
Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday; and closed on Sunday
They also decided to introduce a new clothing line to the island due to both of them being survivals of cancer. Cochrane said he created logos that incorporate the ribbon within his designs of flamingos and palm trees with rhinestones.
"We are trying to be unique in what we are creating," he said about their pink apparel.
The ribbon design graces hooded sweatshirts, pull overs, long sleeved T-shirts and short sleeved T-shirts.
Cochrane is in the process of creating supportive apparel that will have words of encouragement on them in rhinestone as well.
"The second week of January all the apparel should be done," he said.
Salvato said she believes the business is going to go somewhere.
"Whenever October comes around, I buy something with a pink ribbon on it," she said, adding that now she has apparel with the pink ribbon at their store.
Individuals can also bring in a design of their own to be made out of rhinestones.
"We can do custom rhinestones," Cochrane said.
He said he wants to eventually create a foundation for residents of Lee County to help those who are fighting cancer and hurting financially. He said a certain percentage of the store's profits will be donated to the foundation.
"At the present time we are getting up off the ground," he said about the boutique.
Pinky's Etc. is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday; and closed on Sunday. They can accommodate individuals with appointments if service is needed after operating hours.
Pinky's is located at 4126 Pine Island Road, N.W., in Matlacha. For information, call 239-283-4770.