So, friends, here are four shops that have moved in the last couple of months, or are moving. Some have even expanded, changed names, and maybe even broken up with boyfriends and dyed their hair. Try to keep up.
In late 2010, Dulaney’s (7660 N. Western; 607-8880) moved out of Nichols Hills Plaza. The new shop is much, much larger (like more than 3,000 square feet of new space) and has greatly added to its inventory.
Dulaney’s remains a florist, but it has really dived into home decor, gifts and even jewelry. The big space is a corner unit, with walls of floor-to-ceiling windows that keep the shop light and open — which is good. With chandeliers hanging throughout and massive tables laden with style- and color-themed items, Dulaney’s is absolutely stuffed with fantastic finds.
I particularly loved the vintageinspired line drawings by The Soap and Paper Factory. Look for images of a whale, a skull and a pipe with billowing smoke gracing items as diverse as soy candles (they smell fabulous, by the way), pillows and art.
I also loved the whimsical porcelain figurines lined up in a red cabinet. The bright white figures included a standing cat in breeches and a waistcoat and a deer in a flouncy dress.
Many people will just assume the shop popped its clogs.
The former Allyson’s Closet has changed names to Ten14 Boutique (14201 N. May; 755-0356), having moved late last. The shop had been named after its original owner, but Jayme Hale (who’s owned it for nearly a decade) decided the move would be the perfect time for a change. Ten14 reflects Hale’s birthday.
It continues to carry all the great lines that were available previously, but has also added new lines from Yoana Baraschi, Genetic Denim and now has men’s AG Jeans and Hudson.
In the old home of On a Whim, Designer Rugs (7118 N. Western; 842- 9000) has set up shop close to its old home on Wilshire.
I was seriously blown away by the fab rugs and pillows here. Yes, they carry the traditional styles, but what I loved were the out-of-the-ordinary designs in cool botanical prints and geometrics. And it’s all top-quality.
Designer Rugs is the exclusive metro home of Jonathan Adler, a line that includes ceramics, kitchen linens, bathroom pieces and pillows. It’s all very modern and crisp, but with a vintage flair. My favorite of the bunch were the small, needlepoint pillows with astrological signs. Pisces (ahem, my sign) was adorable and would make a fantastic birthday present, in case any husbands of local shopping columnists are reading this.
And finally, lovely decor, gift and clothing boutique Wild.Flower is in the process right now of moving to a larger store in the Plaza District. The gorgeous shop will be open soon, so look for more on the grand opening.
Until then, happy hunting.