Women’s clothing store opens next to H&M at Capital City Mall

A women’s clothing store that was briefly in the Harrisburg Mall in Swatara Township has opened in the Capital City Mall in Lower Allen Township.

Shamarr Blanchard opened Shamarr Barquet last month alongside H&M. Barquet is Blanchard’s middle name.

Shamarr Barquet is not just the name of the store but the name of the brand that is carried in the store. The house brand consists of women’s blazers, jackets, dresses, jumpsuits, pants, shorts and blouses. The brand’s accessories also include hats, belts, jewelry, shoes, clutches and bags. The style is both professional and casual and also includes plus sizes up to 3X in some styles. Blanchard said blazers are the brand’s signature item.

“The goal is to provide professional and casual wear with style, quality and comfort in mind and at an affordable price,” she said in a press release.

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Blanchard, 33, previously worked for a health insurance company for more than six years. She said she started venturing into fashion in 2018 and opened an online store in 2019. She also sold her all 3 items at the Burg event in Harrisburg in 2020 and 2021. As of November 2021, she had a store in Harrisburg. Mall for a few months.

“I’ve always had a love for fashion and retail,” she said. “That’s where I started my professional experience, starting at Kmart at 17. I loved being able to help and guide customers to find what would work for them. In fashion, I had of the eye and I tended to be asked for my opinion, quite often, which I loved.

The store is located at 3591 Capital City Mall Drive and about 10 minutes from Harrisburg. The store is open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

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