- So much yarn ...
Cold weather makes me scatter-brained (I write a week in advance, so if it’s 75 degrees when you read this, I swear I’m not that divorced from reality), so it’s an all-briefs column this week:
• There still may not be a sign saying so, but Venue, a new shop specializing in pageant, prom and evening wear, is officially open in the Kavanaugh Boulevard space formerly occupied by Winterberry Home. Inventory was sparse last week, but manager/buyer Tommy Lyons (a longtime employee of the late Arlington Dress Shop) was on the phone ordering more when I stopped by. Price tags I perused ranged from a $165 capri pantsuit to almost $2,000 for a beaded pageant gown.
• And just down the block, look for Tallulah to open April 4 in the former Spaule space on Kavanaugh, next to Caracalla salon. The store, owned by Christina McGehee — also co-owner with husband Scott of Boulevard Bread — will carry jeans, T-shirts, handbags, jewelry and the like, primarily from lines not carried anywhere else in Little Rock, and will also serve coffee drinks, wine and champagne, and a small selection of Boulevard noshes. McGehee said she’ll be continuing to get merchandise in throughout the month of April.
• If you’re the crafty sort, or wish you were, and you’re in the mood to forage, now’s a great time to drop in Little Rock’s two independent yarn stores, Yarn Mart in the Heights and Handworks Gallery in Hillcrest. Yarn Mart has three or four bins of marked-down skeins, and Handworks Gallery’s just about busting at the seams with them (you can get a preview of theirs at www.handworksgallery.com — just click on the “specials” link). I picked up three balls of charcoal gray merino wool for $3 each. And while I didn’t buy anything at the Yarn Mart, I did spend a good half hour drooling over a fantastic selection of new spring yarns — cottons and cotton blends, a lot of ribbon yarns, fun bright colors. For softness and value, I liked Classic Elite’s Premiere (cotton/tencel, $4.25), but for sheer gorgeousness, you can’t beat Louisa Harding’s Sari Ribbon, a wide, multi-colored ribbon yarn with a metallic stripe down the middle ($10).
• The spring Rhea Lana’s children’s consignment sale is coming up April 13-16 at the Clear Channel Metroplex. New this time around: formalwear for teens and pre-teens. Hours for the general public are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. April 13-14 and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 16 (half-price day). Consignors and volunteers get their own early-bird shopping hours — check the web site, www.rhealana.com, for details.
• Speaking of kid stuff … The Design Center has a new, absolutely stunning contemporary-style dollhouse front-and-center right now. “Dollhouse” doesn’t even do it justice. It looks like a scale model of some famous house from Architectural Digest. I’d frankly be afraid to touch it, let alone set a toddler and her Skipper dolls loose around it. But it’s worth the trip just to ooh and ahh over it, and if you’re looking for something equally high-design that’s a little more, well, toy-like, the store also has a modern wooden rocking-horse-type chair and a push-car with matching trailer. They make you want to borrow a rugrat just to have an excuse to buy them.
• Georgiou, a women’s contemporary clothing chain, opened recently at Park Plaza, in the former Petite Sophisticate space. The prices are reasonable — lots of tops under $40, dresses under $100, jeans around $50 — and the fashions range from trendy suits to flirty skirts.
Knit two, purl eight.