Astarte is locally owned and many of their items are even locally designed and made. They specialize in hard to fit women, which is great if you are at the upper end of the plus size scale. I found many of their styles to be sort of flashy or dated, but they had a wide selection of special occasion wear that exceeded what you could typically find in any plus size store that I know of. The salespeople are sensitive, friendly and helpful. Prices are steep, but given the unique and special nature of the clothing it's not outrageous.