Fall Must-Haves

Ballantyne boutique owners share their favorite looks

By Sarah Gallo

As sweet aromas of pumpkin and cinnamon fill the air, and leaves begin coloring the streets, shopping local proves the perfect way to celebrate this fall season. Thankfully, Ballantyne offers several boutiques fully equipped with favorite fall staples.

"Basic tanks are always in because you can layer them with everything," says The Cheeky Bean owner Sarah Barnette. (Photo courtesy of The Cheeky Bean)
Bralettes and basic tees are two popular layering options this fall. (Photo couresty of The Cheeky Bean)

The Cheeky Bean

At The Cheeky Bean in Ballantyne Village, owner Sarah Barnette keeps it timeless, sharing that she wants her customers to feel good about investing in their clothes.

“I love not to get too trendy,” Barnette said. “I try to get pieces that people can wear year after year.”

Barnette described the fall looks of which she just can’t get enough.

“Basic tanks are always in because you can layer them with everything, and bralettes under cozy sweaters I think are just the cutest,” Barnette said. “Tunics are always good because I can throw them over leggings.”

GoldKloth Boutique

Roni Zapin, the owner of GoldKloth Boutique in Ballantyne Village, works to style women of all shapes and sizes (small-3X) and features more than 40 local vendors.

“I have a northern eye,” Zapin said. “My colors are darker, more jewel-toned, which is a little bit different.”

Zapin shared a few of her favorite fall trends.

“We’re seeing more of plaid,” Zapin said. “We’re seeing the tie-up, vertical stripes and busy prints.”

The tie-up is a big trend for fall, says Roni Zapin, the owner of GoldKloth Boutique. (Photo courtesy of GoldKloth Boutique)
Apricot Lane owner Beth Merrill's go-to fall look features a simple tee layered with a cardigan. (Photo courtesy of Apricot Lane)

Apricot Lane

At Apricot Lane in StoneCrest at Piper Glen, owner Beth Merrill strives to give customers what they want.

“We have fitted. We have flowy. We have trendy and we have casual. We have a lot of styles you can choose from.”

Merrill’s go-to fall look consists of skinny jeans, a simple tee layered with a cardigan tied in a knot, booties and a pair of earrings.


Whether it’s a new cable knit sweater for a co-worker’s birthday celebration or a pair of heeled booties for an evening cocktail party, Ballantyne residents can shop local for all their fashion needs this season.