| By Mark Sakamoto |
Kay Kim tidies a rack of muted fall-colored cardigans, turning a few hangers to face in the proper direction. The glass door jingles as it swings open, and Kim pauses to politely greet a customer, a man looking to buy a scarf for his wife. She directs him to the right wall, where rows of neatly folded scarves lie on three wooden shelves, before returning to tending to her store.
“I don’t think I could run a business like this anywhere else,” said Kim, the impeccably dressed proprietor of CeCi Total Fashion in Annandale, Va. “The Korean community here is just so strong. So many people come to this store through personal connections, from hearing about it from members of our church, that kind of recommendation.”