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The new Rus-K Boutique is open 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday each week this summer.

MATTOON -- The new Rus-K Boutique offers a variety of women's clothing, plus accessories, in a full range of sizes.

Mattoon residents Darlene McGary and her daughter, Angela Pearson, have opened their boutique at 613 Lake Land Boulevard. McGary said they specialize in carrying jackets, skirts and other clothing, including from clothiers in Los Angeles, that are not available at big box stores in the area.

"We want our clothing to be something unique," McGary said of Rus-K

McGary said they also specialize in offering sizes ranging from double 0 to 6 extra large, adding that they strive to ensure that a wide variety of plus size clothing is on hand at the boutique.

Rus-K's sales floor is stocked with new clothing, plus hats, jewelry, purses, scarves, shoes and other accessories. McGary said they also offer a "fine consignment" room that displays a large selection of clothing for dressy occasions.

In addition, McGary said she and her daughter take special requests from customers to search for unique clothing items that are not available at Rus-K.

"We are shoppers," McGary said. "We love to shop for people."

McGary said she owned and operated the Dar-Su's clothing shop and hair and tanning salon for more than a decade in Mattoon before working for the Illinois Department of Human Services. Now retired, McGary said she and her daughter decided to fulfill their longtime goal of opening a boutique.

The boutique takes its name from combining the name of McGary's late husband, Russ, with a hyphen for her and a K for their kids. McGary said Rus-K is the name she always said she would use if she started her own clothing line.

Rus-K aims to provide a comfortable and fun atmosphere for shopping, McGary said. She noted that the boutique offers patio seating with umbrellas. Rus-K is located next to Sonic Drive-In, near the intersection of Lake Land Boulevard and Marshall Avenue.

The boutique is open 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday each week this summer. More information is available by calling the boutique at 217-317-1864 or by going online to the Facebook page for Rus-K, which posts "flash" sales there.

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