- Associated Press - Saturday, March 12, 2016

BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) - Just months after meeting each other for the first time, two half-sisters are preparing to open a styling and fashion boutique in South Florida.

Having both been born of the same father in Peru, 30-year-old Karla Inchigalo and 28-year-old Rosalia Schabauer will be opening a boutique called Athyntiq (pronounced “authentic”) next week in Boca Raton, The Palm Beach Post reported (https://bit.ly/1ReuZzx).

Inchigalo moved to San Francisco with her mother at a young age, while Schabauer left Peru with her family, including her father, when she was 7 and eventually moved to Florida.

Neither knew the other existed until about two years ago, when Inchigalo found photos of her father on Schabauer’s Facebook page. Struck by their resemblance to each other, Inchigalo wanted to reach out to Schabauer, but was unsure how to approach her.

“I totally stalked her on Facebook for a while,” Inchigalo said, before she got the nerve to write her. “But I thought ‘What if she hates me? Could I hurt her feelings?’ I didn’t want to cause any damage.”

The two eventually confirmed their relation with a DNA test.

In November, the half-sisters met for the first time in Orlando, immediately hitting it off and realizing they were both passionate about the idea of opening a boutique.

Soon after their extended meeting, Inchigalo decided to move from California and live with Schabauer in South Florida in order to open the store.

With Athyntiqu, the sisters hope to provide a “head to toe” full styling service, from the outfit to hair, makeup and a seamstress.

“We want everyone to feel good about themselves,” said Schabauer.

While they look forward to delighting future shoppers, Inchigalo and Schabauer are looking forward to making up for lost time.

“In a couple of years, we’ll have made up for all the years I didn’t get to tease her,” Inchigalo said of her younger sibling.

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Information from: The Palm Beach (Fla.) Post, https://www.pbpost.com


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