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CHRISTOPHER LENNEY/WATERTOWN DAILY TIMES A clothing store will soon fill a Main Street Canton space left vacant when Hot Tamale closed doors

CANTON — A former downtown restaurant is being converted into a women’s clothing store that will offer contemporary-style apparel, shoes, bathing suits and more in a variety of sizes, including plus sizes.

Shandelle Clifford, a village resident, is scheduled to hold a grand opening beginning 10 a.m. May 1 at her new store, Shandelle & Co. Customers that day will receive a free PopSocket cell phone grip that’s inscribed with the business logo.

The shop is in the former Hot Talame Restaurant, 67 Main St., which closed in December. Since then, the kitchen equipment was removed.

Mrs. Clifford also runs a successful customized T-shirt business and online make-up business.

The 30-year-old said she decided to open a storefront because she’s running out of space in the 176 Miner St. home she shares with her husband, Randy, and their three children.

“I’ve outgrown my house,” she said, noting that she signed a three-year lease with the building’s owner, Sarah Stretton, Lake Placid.

Mrs. Clifford said her shop will offer a wide variety of dresses, skirts, tops, bathing suits and shorts. The styles are geared to women in the 20- to 40-year age range, with some styles for late teens and juniors. Two dressing rooms have been installed.

“I’ll have a variety of brands because I’m working with a wholesale company that works with 5,000 vendors. I can pretty much pick from all those vendors,” she said.

She will run the T-shirt business in the back portion of the building.

Having a store will allow area women the chance to try on and purchase clothes immediately, which is helpful if they need an outfit in a hurry, Mrs. Clifford said.

She and her husband have been busy getting the building ready, including adding dressing rooms and shelving. Ceiling tiles and lights have been replaced and walls were repainted.

The store will be staffed by two full-time employees, including Amanda Donnelly, Lisbon, and three-part-time employees.

Operating hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursdays, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays.

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