By Ann Craig-Cinnamon
The Nickel Plate District in downtown Fishers has a new tenant. Roman and Leo, a boutique providing unique items for young boys, opened June 14. Store owner Angela Castelli says her new venture is a trendy, all-boys clothing and accessory shop and is the first of its kind in Indiana.
Castelli, a mother herself of two small boys, says she got the idea because of a gap she discovered in the market for unique and modern boys’ apparel in central Indiana. For years, Castelli has been purchasing trendy apparel and accessories online for her two boys, who, perhaps unsurprisingly, are named Roman and Leo. So she decided to bring her favorite brands – those she has loved on her own children – to Indiana.
Her shop selections range from soft graphic tri-blend tees and hip aviator sunglasses to high-end denim and modern slouch beanies.
“I want to offer a selection of everyday apparel for little boys that is high-quality and functional but also fun and modern for those fashion-forward moms who want to dress their boys better,” Castelli said.
Castelli, who has a retail background in addition to working with buyers in her previous career, says with many stores focusing on outfitting little girls, she thought it was time to show that it’s just as fun to dress little boys.
“While there are many great children’s stores in Indy, no store has a focus on boys’ apparel and accessories, so we felt we owed it to the boy-moms out there to provide them a place to get modern and trendy items for their little guys. And the response has been amazing!” she said.
She says choosing Fishers to open her first store was an easy decision.
“We chose to locate in downtown Fishers because we are residents of Fishers, and with all of the amazing development and effort to make downtown Fishers a walkable destination for shopping and dining, we felt it would be a great fit for our shop! The location makes our shop easy to locate quick interstate access for our shoppers who don’t live in Fishers,” said Castelli.
You can visit the shop at 8664 E. 116th Street, just 0.2 miles from the I-69 exit. For more information, visit the Roman & Leo web site at www.romanandleo.com.