Spa and boutique going in on quiet downtown street

Hyacinth’s Boutique and Spa is preparing to move into vacant space on the struggling block of Bijou Street between Tejon Street and Cascade Avenue.

The block endured a hard winter during which time two restaurant closed, a photography shop moved out and no leases were signed.

Claudine Malcolm-Telley plans to open her business at 24 E. Bijou St. next month. The 1,200-square-foot store will be the second new opening on the block. Cake Crumbs Bakery, which also operates a popular cupcake food truck, moved into the former OP&B sandwich shop location at 3 E. Bijou St. in February.

Malcom-Telley isn’t sure when she will open, but plans to be up and running for a soft opening by May and is shooting for a grand opening in June.

She selected the location because she wanted a downtown space and liked the shop’s proximity to Acacia Park, where mothers take their children to play in the Uncle Wilber Fountain during the summer.

Malcolm-Telley, originally from Jamaica, moved to Colorado Springs from New York City 11 years ago for a job.

The shop will carry men’s and women’s clothing and will offer spa services, such as massages, waxing and nail care.