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Luci Blu boutique in Bishop Arts District is fashionably fashionable

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By Mary Holbrook

Tucked in a quiet street in one of the most unique neighborhoods in Dallas, it would be hard to miss this friendly, fun and stylish shop: Luci Blu.

Luci Blue is a small, yet fashionable boutique located in the Bishop Arts District. Customers say they love visiting the store with its fringed black awnings, large window displays with mannequins decked out in colorful attire, and the two fire-engine-red benches that match the front door.

“I love the atmosphere, it is so inviting,” said Linda Houston, a regular visitor to Luci Blu.

Lucille Bluitt, owner and avid fashion guru, wanted to open a store of her own after working for and managing other retails stores, including Gap and Old Navy.

Lucille Bluitt

Bluitt was born and raised in Texas. She attended Lincoln High School in South Dallas and then went on to study accounting at El Centro College in downtown Dallas. She always had a strong interest in fashion and knew Dallas would be the place to pursue her dream.

“I had always had a passion for fashion and a dream to sell clothes,” Bluitt said. “I love making ladies look fashionable.”

Luci Blu carries women’s clothes, jewelry, accessories and shoes. Unlike many boutiques in the area, she also sells plus-size clothing. The items are moderately priced and stylish, customers say.

“I love the clothes and she knows what I like,” Houston said.

Bluitt chose to open the boutique in the Bishop Arts District because of its historic feel. It is a unique area that attracts a diverse crowd and it gave her the opportunity to focus on many different types of styles and fashions.

“It’s kind of like an untouched and unknown area,” Bluitt said. “You will see every style from the professional look as well as the hippie look.”

Lela Aberg, 24, a graphic design student who frequently visits the Bishop Arts District, believes that this area is a great location for any boutique.

“It has amazing energy and an offbeat appeal that I think attracts people to it,” said Aberg, who recently moved to Austin but plans to visit and shop in Dallas often. “It’s booming!”

Bluitt and her co-worker, Anita Namara, are the only two employees at Luci Blu. This allows them to really get to know their customers and their style, Bluitt said.

“We really and truly will listen to what you’re looking for,” she said.

It is the type of place to visit with girlfriends on a Saturday afternoon. You can kick back, shop and have a glass of wine. Bluitt makes sure that every customer is welcome and treated like they are the only customer in the store or that they are in their own closet with a personal stylist.

“My customers say they just love the atmosphere,” Bluitt said.

Krystal Schlegel, an SMU advertising major and fashion media minor, loves shopping and hearing about new stores or boutiques in Dallas. If she hears of a store opening or a shop she’s never visited, she’s there. After popping into Luci Blu on a recent afternoon, Schlegel liked what she saw.

“They had lots of fun pieces,” Schlegel said. “If you are ever in the Bishop Arts district this is definitely a fun store you must check out!”

Mary Holbrook is a senior at Southern Methodist University studying journalism and fashion media.

  • Ann

    Great article! The Best kept Secret in the Bishop Arts District!! The word is out now!!!

  • Dawn Richardson

    I went into Luci Blu a couple of years ago after eating at Cafe Brazil in the Bishop Arts district. This is a great boutique! She even had a Bath and Body Works product that had been discontinued. I bought the entire inventory of what she had! ;-) Definitely THE best kept secret in the Bishop Arts District!!!

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