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Bunulu Brings ‘Athleisure’ Wear to Coconut Point It’s not your imagination: you are seeing more people dressed in yoga pants at the grocery store and coffee shop. Heck, you may even be donning a pair yourself right now. Leisurely athletic wear (aka “athleisure” wear) that can be sported in and out of the gym is increasingly recognized on and off the runway, and a new store is tailored to suit active Floridians. Bunulu—a division of Bealls Inc. whose name stems from an aboriginal word meaning “place of water”—developed after Bealls Department Store President Lorna Nagler noticed a void in the marketplace to serve a lively coastal lifestyle. The New Season Hot List Get the best in: Dining Culture Retail “It really became apparent to me that there wasn’t a store that could really serve us with fashion and function in one place,” she says.The company opened its first store in August at Coconut Point in Estero. It served up live entertainment, yoga demonstrations and a craft beer tasting  for the grand opening. Equipped with a creative mix of authentic brands such as Under Armour, Patagonia and Columbia Sportswear, and lesser-known products from the likes of Duvin, OluKai, Trina Turk and more, the company aims to seamlessly carry residents from workout to work to boating to dinner (yes, action-packed days like this are possible on the coast). The 4,000-square-foot store is merchandised to m
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