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After nearly 40 years, Kettering women’s clothing boutique to close

After nearly 40 years of business, one of the area’s oldest women’s clothing boutiques will close later this week.

Elan Dayton, located at 3117 Far Hills Ave. in Kettering, will close its doors on Saturday for the last time. The Elan boutique opened in 1978 by the late Dayton-area fashion icon, Laverne Shone and is now owned and operated by Julie Shone-Baker, her husband Chris and her daughter Erin.

Erin Shone-Baker said closing the store was a personal decision that was best for the family at this time. She said the current retail industry has also impacted business.

“It felt right,” she said.

The store sells European designs, T-shirts, denim and even evening gowns. The clothing items are on sale for up to 90 percent off, and the store is also selling decorative items and African art on clearance. The store will be open for the rest of the week and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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