Kiki’s is the brainchild of 28-year-old business owner Maki Ta. After leaving the island to pursue college in California, she is back and starting to ground herself by opening a clothing store that caters to women of different shapes and sizes. Their grand opening is today at 11am and the store is located on Middle Road (across J’s Restaurant).
“I wanted a store that would make people feel that they have everything they need on island… I feel that opening something like this gives people more choices and options… We carry different kinds of women’s clothes from size small to 4X,” Ta said.
“I personally don’t like online shopping because I want to feel the fabric and I also want to make sure that it looks good on me. When I moved back to Saipan two years ago, I was having trouble finding clothes and I am sure I was not the only one so this store is my answer to that,” Ta added.
When you enter the shop, you will immediately see the variety of clothes—pants, denim and cotton shorts, shirts, blouses, dresses, jackets, etc. and according to Ta, Kiki’s cater from late teens to women in their 60s.
“We have clothes that go with every mood and event. We also have modest outfits such as long-sleeve blouses so somebody who is 60 years old could find something in our store. I feel like there is no limit,” Ta said.
“We have a little bit of everything—I didn’t want to focus on just one type of woman because I want every woman to be able to come here and find something no matter what occasion is whether it is clubbing, a day at the beach or office wear. We also have make-up, selection of shoes and purses, accessories, 14 kind of contact lenses, reusable straws, and soon eyelash extensions service,” Ta added.
Ta said that her clothes comes from the mainland specifically Los Angeles. “Clothes that we have in the store are of good quality and very affordable. It’s rare on island to find clothes that have that combination because and I feel like you have to pick one from another here on island but here at the store, we have both of that.”
“I am very hands-on that I personally picked all the clothes we have in the store. Majority of the clothes are cute and something I would also wear… I want our customers to leave the store knowing that they got their money’s worth,” Ta added.
Born and raised on Saipan, Ta left the island to pursue her education and fuel her passion for business. Today, she is one of the young generation that are coming back to help improve the island.
“I was just here to visit and I couldn’t leave my parents because it is just the two of them here. I feel like even though I came here for vacation, I knew that there was something else,” she said.
“Like it wasn’t just me not wanting to leave them but I always knew that there was something that I always needed to do which is to open something like this… My parents are business people as well and I really look up to them and because of their encouragement and influence, I knew I wanted to have my own business,” said Ta, whose father is businessman Ta Bun Kuy.
Kiki’s is open Tuesday to Saturday from 11am to 7pm and Sunday to Monday from 2pm to 6pm. For more inquiries, call (670) 235-6255 and find them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter by typing @thisiskikis.