Small businesses are an integral part of what makes a community, and no one does it better than Chapman Fina, my friend and owner of Via Lago boutique in downtown Kirkland. A charming brick and mortar store located on Lake Street, across from Papi’s restaurant and next to Anthony’s they offer hand-picked fashions from local and international designers. With everything from bathing suits to ball gowns including trendy gifts – it’s my go to spot for birthday presents and hostess gifts, she has something for everyone.

Chapman recently celebrated her 11th year of ownership in style. A master at developing a sense of community for everyone that shops there, she does several themed events and parties throughout the year. All of it is geared to help women create connections with each other.

She is also passionate about helping women feel and look beautiful with their own unique style, no matter what size you are. It’s like the bar in Cheers, where everyone knows your name, Chapman always makes you feel warm and welcome. Whether you are there to say hello, find a gift or the perfect outfit for your next event she has you covered.

As a long time resident in Kirkland, Chapman is dedicated to supporting other local businesses, and her community. She and her team put on some of the best fashion shows on the Eastside! Teaming up with Kirkland Chamber Of Commerce you can attend this month’s business luncheon, Thursday, September 12th at the Woodmark Hotel in Kirkland. Enjoy a two hour luncheon, featuring local merchants, their annual fashion show, and network with other local business. For more information or to register for tickets visit the Kirkland Chamber of Commerce page.

Chapman is all about keeping things fresh for her customer’s too! She puts on some pretty fantastic store events, with proceeds helping local charities such as Child Haven. Her most popular event’s include her annual Flip Flop Lemon Drop, and annual Christmas party. All events offer great food, fun seasonal drinks, and discounts. You can also attend her offsite trunk shows, featuring new local jewelry and fashion designers. For a full list of her upcoming events visit her Facebook page.

If you’re looking for the perfect outfit for your next event, need a unique hostess gift, or for the men want a special gift for your significant other stop by Via Lago! For more information about Via Lago, store discounts, sales, and daily outfits of the day follow their Instagram account. Thank you, Chapman for your expert styling advice, and always make me look my very best!