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By Michelle Kcbik
Dally NebrakJM Staff Eeporter
Lafayette's Topper's is not a
second-hand store, says its owner
James "Lafayette" Anderson. It is
a "unique boutique" that sells
theatrical accessories, custom
make-up, wigs and hats for men
Lafayette's Topper's, 1 1 7 S. 27th
St., opened Oct. 5. The store spe
cializes in theatrical products,
while most other Lincoln shops
sell them only as a sideline, And
"I keep Up on the latest
trends in styles," he said. "Fashion
catalogues are also available to
Anderson supplies men's and
women's hats from such fashion
centers as New York and Chi
cago. His wigs also are bought at
Anderson said his most popu
lar wig style is the New California
Curl, while the first choice in hats
remains the Fedora Vintage rhine
stone jewelry is an added at
traction. Although most of his customers
are middle-aged, Anderson said
he sells to people of all ages.
"People bisy not only of
necessity, but also for style," he
said. "My products have a wide
price range, which anyone can
Anderson said he makes spe
cial orders for people, such as
chemotherapy patients. He also
hopes to attract business from
theater groups in the area.
Anderson, a licensed cosme
tologist, worked out of his home
for 13 years, selling only wigs.
"I like working with wigs, be
cause you could be more crea
tive," he said. "It's a lot easier to
change something on a wig than
it is on a real head of hir."
Anderson opened his &:sp when
the Purse Revue changed loca
tion. "It W3 the perfect chance
to bring my business to the pub
lic's attention," he said.
Starting with two blank walls,
Anderson completely remodeled
the building. He repainted the
walls, laid carpet and added
Anderson and a friend also
designed a neon light, which
rotates in the front window of the
"Several people have comment
ed on the light," he said. "It's an
added attraction, which gets
people inside the store."
Anderson said business has
been good so far, but like many
new shops, many people dont
know it's there yet
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