After months of sitting vacant, a new women’s boutique is setting up shop in the former Liebermann’s building downtown.

My Sista’s, a boutique featuring
everything from shoes and handbags to clothing and jewelry, opens
Friday at 113 S. Washington Square and hopes to revive retail in the
downtown area, said owner Tina Robinson. It targets the “career woman”
and the woman “who likes to look good,” she said. The store features
original pieces by eight local women, including Robinson.

“I think it will work for a large array
of ages and different tastes,” she said. “That’s kind of the goal is to
have things for everyone.”

Robinson, 42, had been looking for a
space to start a business where she could sell her one-of-a-kind
jewelry. She already had a lease drawn up for a space in Lansing Mall
when she saw the for lease sign in the window of the former store
downtown. Robinson, who studied interior design at Lansing Community
College, had always been attracted to the space because of the famous
interior design by George Nelson. At first, she dismissed the
possibility of leasing it, thinking it would be too expensive, but
something convinced her to call.

“There was no way that I ever would have thought that this was where I was meant to be,” Robinson said. “It just worked out.”

My Sista’s opens for Black Friday from
11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and will kick off its grand opening week on Tuesday.
The store will be open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
with a grand opening gala on Friday from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m.