Chartreuse Boutique opened in 2006, in Louisville, Kentucky. Owner Susan Krekel started the shop after graduating from college and realizing there were no affordable clothing boutiques in the city. Armed with her recent degree in Fashion Merchandising from WKU, her family support, and a love of fashion, Chartreuse was created in a small converted house in the St. Matthew’s area. Word quickly spread about the on-trend styles at reasonable prices. Three short years later, Chartreuse made the move to Westport Village, doubling in size and embracing the outdoor shopping center as one of the first tenants.
Chartreuse continues to grow. It has always been Susan’s vision to take her boutique brand and offer that experience to fashionable gals everywhere. Having a young family and a thriving business, Susan knew opening an online store would be a huge undertaking. Susan enlisted the help of her sister Elizabeth, who recently left the classroom after thirteen years of teaching. Susan knew that by bringing on a full-time business partner, they could execute the vision for the online brand. It seemed like a natural partnership having watched their mother, aunts, and grandfather run a family-owned florist for decades.