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An organic approach to clothes

So, she decided to open her own store after seeing the need for something local that offered organic clothing for not only people with her condition, but other skin conditions as well.

"Maybe this is an opportunity to help other people like me," she said.

Her store was named Runway 7 by her 12-year-old daughter, Sara Craft, because of its location on Route 7, near the Albany International Airport, and its fashion-forward approach to healthy and comfortable clothing. It is located in the Peter Harris Plaza.

Bonneau celebrated a private grand opening with friends on Thursday, Sept. 3. An official grand opening was held on Saturday, Sept. 5.

Tom Nolte, president of the Colonie Chamber of Commerce, was at the private grand opening for Runway 7.

"This is the good news that people need to see," Nolte said. In a time of fierce competition, Nolte said it is great that unique businesses such as Runway 7 can open and have the potential to do well.

He also said, "This has been a learning experience," in regards to Bonnaeu's cause and the store's mission since many people might not know about the particular issues that affect those with lupus and other diseases in which the clothing they wear truly matters.

In addition to selling eco-friendly clothing for both men and women, the store also sells locally made jewelry, vegan footwear, accessories, undergarments and socks.

Bonneau plans to donate 5 percent of all proceeds from UV protective clothing to the Lupus Alliance of Upstate New York.

The store is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The first 500 customers to spend $50 or more will receive either a reusable cotton organic tote bag or an organic T-shirt while supplies last. For information, e-mail Bonneau at sbonneau@runway7ecofashions.com.

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