Barbara Barbara closing in Downtown Boise

Two women named Barbara have decided to retire and close the Downtown Boise boutique they’ve owned for 32 years.

The reason? It was time.

Barbara Krogh and longtime co-owner Barb Lane are retirement age, and they’d been mulling what to do when their current lease was up, she said. Then, recent health issues in Krogh’s family made the decision for them.

“It’s very, very bittersweet for Barb and I to be closing,” Krogh said.


The store’s fashions have run the gamut of style “from the scandalous miniskirt to the midi-skirt,” Krogh said. Their customers ranged from pre-teens to 70-something women.

She said it helped to have two women with their own styles deciding what to put on the racks at Barbara Barbara.

“I was more classic, and Barb was a little more cutting edge,” Krogh said.

During their first year of retirement, she expects both women will be “getting our houses in order” and having the freedom to “visit relatives and stay for a while,” she said.


The store will close for good July 31 — or earlier, if inventory sells out before that day.

Barbara Barbara will mark down inventory by 40 percent starting Friday. Some items will be discounted more than that.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.


“We love it, we love it, we love it,” Krogh said of the store’s location in Downtown Boise, among a row of specialty stores including a chocolatier and a peanut shop.

The closure “has no reflection on the business,” she said, adding that she hopes another clothing store will open in the Barbara Barbara space.

“We just really, really loved being Downtown. It’s been very good to us. The people in the Downtown Boise Association are terrific to work with. Our landlord, our local management company, have been really good to us,” she said. “And the rent’s reasonable.”

[Correction: The discounts offered in a sale starting Friday have been corrected.]