- EXIT FOR LIKET: Lots of stuff there.
You know those odd little shops you come across on two-lane highways that have all kinds of strange things in the yard and you always think you’ll stop by on your next trip but you never do?
I Liket All is that kind of store, only it’s at the bottom of an interstate ramp not far from downtown. And about my 20th pass by it, I finally hit the brakes and turned in the driveway.
Odds are you won’t liket all, but the store’s inventory is so extensive and wide-ranging that you’ll like plenty to justify the trip — especially because through Sept. 30, everything is at least 25 percent off, and some items are half off. It’s mainly furniture and decor for outdoors: Black iron chairs and tables, plant stands and baker’s racks, barstools and gliders, two-dimensional cutouts of frogs and lizards and horses and cowboys, garden arches; cement benches and tables and fountains (I liked one that had the water shooting out of a baby elephant’s trunk — please don’t judge me…); garden statuary (St. Francis, cupids, even a pair of frogs, but alas, no gnomes); enormous ceramic planters; and maybe my favorite, 6-foot-tall elaborate gothic-looking iron candelabra. There’s indoor stuff too: a good selection of iron pot racks, crosses, chandeliers, sconces and fireplace screens.
And that’s only what’s outside the store.
Inside there are more delicate decorative items. My favorite is an unusual painted-aluminum nativity scene ($27.50 sale price). I also liked a set of three whimsical polka-dotted ceramic chickens ($10-$11 without discount). The store also carries a small selection of indoor wood furniture.
I Liket All is definitely one of those give-yourself-awhile places, and because most of its merchandise is outside, now is the perfect time to make a lunch-hour trip on a sunny day. To get there, take I-30 west from downtown, and take the Roosevelt Road exit. The store is just at the bottom of the ramp, on the right. They’re open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
• The first stores are now open at Midtowne Little Rock: Chico’s and White House/Black Market, a women’s clothing boutique where most of the merchandise is, yes, black and/or white. They mix in denim, khaki and gray as well, and sell shoes and jewelry and other accessories too. Prices are in the Ann Taylor range.
• Handworks Gallery, at 2911 Kavanaugh in Hillcrest is holding a trunk show/20 percent off sale for all Rowan yarns and kits through Sept. 30. Just in time for all those Christmas presents you’re planning to knit. Right? Just like last year? Seriously, Rowan has some really nice yarns (there’s a new one called Tapestry that’s 70 percent wool and 30 percent soybean), and they’re not outrageously priced to begin with, so go ahead and stock up. You can get a preview of Rowan’s new fall patterns at www.handworksgallery.com. Handworks Gallery carries more than 40 Rowan yarns, but if none of them grab you, the store always has a pretty big selection of overstocks and discontinueds at great clearance prices. And if you’re into retro, they’ve got a great selection of vintage pattern books for $10 each.
• Art glass lovers, get over to the Arkansas Arts Center’s gift shop and check out the absolutely stunning piece from Chihuly’s “Seaforms” series. It’s red with subtle black striping and looks very much like, well, something you’d find in the ocean. It undulates. And it can be yours for a mere $4,500. Not quite in your budget? The gift shop also has a lot of less expensive art glass pieces, plus a lot of jewelry marked 30 percent to 60 percent off, and a 75-percent-off clearance nook with a variety of merchandise. There’s just a lot to look at in this store, and almost all of it is affordably priced. My pick this visit: Pop-up note cards featuring scenes from master paper engineer (you’ll only scoff at that description if you haven’t ever seen one of his books) Robert Sabuda’s “The Wizard of Oz” and “Alice in Wonderland.” They’re $26 a box. (You can also get the books themselves here, for about the same price. Worth every penny.)
• The next Zainy Zebra children’s consignment sale is 2 p.m.-10 p.m. Oct. 3 and 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Oct. 4 in Cabot. The address is 2895 Bill Foster Memorial Highway (Hwy. 321) — for details and directions, check the web site, www.zainyzebra.com. A portion of the sales goes to the homeless ministry of Cabot’s First Baptist Church.
• And finally, if you still haven’t made it by Soho Modern’s new industrial space in Riverdale — or if you have and you drooled over something you couldn’t quite afford — head on over. Owner Becca Hayley’s having a “Tax Man Sale” now through Oct. 22, with 25 percent off floor models and 15 percent off special orders paid in full. She’s also offering no-interest financing for one year. The store’s at 2200 Cantrell Road, in front of Cajun’s Wharf, and is open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
There’s one for you, 19 for me.