The Italian shoes and accessories store Via Veneto is closing its doors in Phillips Place after operating there for 19 years.
The upscale shop is run by husband-and-wife duo Uri and Etti Krause, who are retiring. They have been in business for nearly 49 years, and were the first tenants of the SouthPark complex.
Via Veneto sells upscale women’s shoes, handbags and apparel from over 50 brands including Robert Clergerie, Frye and Kate Spade.
Uri Krause said the store’s closure is targeted for October. Ahead of that, Via Veneto will be offering sales and promotions to clear out its inventory.
The Krauses are known for their close connections with Italian factories and government, which helped deliver “an exciting assortment for their customers,” according to a statement from the store. Customers could find merchandise at Via Veneto that they couldn’t find anywhere else in Charlotte, Uri Krause added.
The owners are also hands-on in running Via Veneto – Uri, for example, makes special orders for a particular shoe size, while Etti helps custom-fit shoes for customers herself.
The store is next to J.McLaughlin and across from Eileen Fisher in Phillips Place, which is off Fairview Road.
It’s unclear which new tenant will take Via Veneto’s spot.