An owner's dream comes true
'Happening' community drew business to Hartford

By JOE VANDELAARSCHOT - Daily News

August 30, 2017

Duane and Sue Graf of Greenfield walk by the window display of Breighton Victoria on Tuesday afternoon in Hartford. The clothing and accessory store in downtown Hartford opened about four months ago.
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HARTFORD — It was Michelle Kagan’s long-time dream to own and operate her own boutique.

That dream became a reality when the doors opened about four months ago for Kagan’s new business — Breighton Victoria — at 47 N. Main St. in downtown Hartford.

Kagan describes her new business as a women’s clothing store, but with some neat twists and additions.

“I’m trying to make the store more a ‘Boho contemporary’ type of clothing store. I try to keep the prices under $50,” Kagan said. “I have dresses, tops and I have some jewelry. I have a line of perfume from Ireland and then I have some goats milk lotion and chap stick that I keep in the store.”

Kagan said her business is quickly growing.

“I’m super excited to be part of the Hartford community and I know I can bring something new and fresh and something for all ages in the store,” Kagan said. “It’s probably for women from ages 15 and up to any age.”

Kagan said after looking at several locations in other communities she was drawn to downtown Hartford.

“I fell in love with the city so I decided that would be a great location,” she said. “I think there’s a lot of new and upcoming stuff in Hartford so I thought I’d hop on and join the community and open something I thought was a necessity there.

“I’ve been in touch with the mayor and the BID Board and the mayor said that ‘we’re moving forward and we’re going to revitalize the downtown area and attract more tourists and the locals will hopefully come back to the downtown.’ That was one of the reasons that I chose to open a business here,” she said.

Kagan said the catch line for Breighton Victoria is “clothes to toes.”

Jewelry is seen on display Tuesday afternoon at Breighton Victoria in Hartford.
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“I’ll soon have toe rings in my store that will be a personalized service where you will come in and be fitted,” Kagan said. “The toe rings are custom fit. I was very successful at selling them before and I’m very much looking forward to bringing them into the store.”

Kagan said she now lives in Waukesha with her 13-year-old son, but she hopes to someday make Hartford her permanent home.

“That’s my goal. I spent a lot of time scouting out other communities and locations in Wauwatosa, Oak Creek, Waukesha and Delafield, but when I came to Hartford I fell in love with it,” Kagan said.

Kagan said her dream of owning a boutique came to fruition at the end of last year.

“I’m a paralegal during the day and my boss is thinking about retiring so it pushed me to opening my own business quicker than what I had anticipated, but it’s been a great thing,” she said. “It’s been quite fun and the customers have been wonderful. I’ve gotten great response and great reviews. I’ve not gotten one complaint about anything. They’re very happy to have me in the area and it’s somewhere new they can shop. I’ve already established a nice customer base.”

Kagan said customers are welcome to bring their dogs along when they shop in her store.

“I do have some regulars that come in and they bring their dogs because I do keep dog treats at the store. We are dog friendly,” she said. “If you want to bring your dog while you shop I am fine with that. The dogs seem to love it and they know where to go to find the treats.”

Kagan said she is hoping to eventually be at the store full time once her boss at her day job retires completely.