New clothing store, restaurants hope to make it big in the Little Apple


    Manhattan has a long-standing tradition of local businesses that make up the character of the Little Apple.
    Over the summer, a few more businesses opened their doors to Manhattan residents, offering more choices in shopping and dining.
    Joining Downtown Manhattan at Fifth Street and Poyntz Avenue, Kieu’s —pronounced Q’s — clothing boutique opened in July. Aimed at female high school and college-aged shoppers, Kieu’s inventory includes shoes and accessories and clothing from everyday wear to formal attire.
    Kieu’s originated in Lawrence, but owners Thao and Thuy Nguyen thought Manhattan shoppers would benefit from another local clothing store.
    “We have anything girls would need,” Thao said.
    The store’s slogan,  “Girls love to be spoiled,” reflects the atmosphere of the boutique, but prices reflect those of similar stores in Aggieville.
    In June, downtown also became the new home of AJ’s Pizzeria, located at 301 Poyntz. AJ’s offers take out, pizza-by-the-slice options, salads and whole pizzas.
    While not entirely a new face to Manhattan, a second Kite’s Bar and Grille opened in late May off U.S. Highway 24.
    Andrea Bannister, Kite’s director of operations, said the new Kite’s boasts an atmosphere similar to the popular Aggieville Kite’s.
     “Business has been really great,” Bannister said.
     The new Kite’s also offers live music, a washers tournament every Thursday and a Wii Bowling tournament on Wednesdays.
    This Kite’s also started a Fantasy Football league, and all NFL games will be broadcast in the restaurant.
    Additionally, Bannister said the Legend’s Room is available for private parties and can give groups complete privacy for birthday parties, showers and business luncheons.
    Several other new businesses are expected to open in Manhattan including Envy, a new clothing store in Aggieville, as well as another Kite’s location on the west side of Manhattan.