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

A women’s clothing boutique 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 next to H&M. Barquet is Blanchard’s middle name.

Shamarr Barquet is not only the name of the store but the name of the brand that is the carried in the boutique. The private label 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 select styles. Blanchard said the blazers are the signature item of the label.

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

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Blanchard, 33, previously worked for a health insurance company for more than six years. She said she began to venture into fashion back in 2018 and opened an online shop in 2019. She also sold her items at every 3rd in the Burg event in Harrisburg in 2020 and 2021. Beginning in November 2021, she had a store at the Harrisburg Mall for a few months.

“I always had a love for fashion and retail,” she said. “It was where I began my work experience, starting at Kmart at 17 years old. I loved being able to help and guide customers to find what would work for them. In the area of fashion, I had an eye and would tend to get asked for my opinion, quite often, which I loved.”

The store is located at 3591 Capital City Mall Drive and is about 10 minutes from Harrisburg. The store is open from 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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