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New Bowman Curve store carries work-of-art cowboy boots.

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Seems like it’s always feast or famine on column-writing day, and this time around it’s a feast.

First up, two new stores on Bowman Curve:

Palominos is a small boutique specializing in high-end cowboy boots, Western wear and jewelry. These aren’t your everyday, monotone $%#@-kickers — Palominos is the exclusive Arkansas seller of Liberty Boots, which you can find on the feet of celebs like Madonna, Steven Tyler, and Hilary Duff, according to Liberty’s website. They’re boots not meant to be covered up by jeans legs, either — unusual colors, exquisite and intricate designs, beautiful workmanship. And prices to match: my scan of price tags found Liberties from about $600 to $1,600 (for a pair made from hot-pink leather with a gorgeous, almost lace-like brown leather overlay). There are also boots a little less high in the price stratosphere, from Resistol and Lucchese, and some mules and ankle boots as well. Most of the stock is for women, but there were a few pairs for men and children. The jewelry, mostly from a line called Novel Approach, is mostly sterling silver with turquoise and other gemstones. They’d be great choices if you just wanted a bit of Western or Southwestern flair without going all out.

Across the street, Toy Up opened Sept. 1 in the Colonnade shopping center. I haven’t had a chance to check it out yet, but they tell me they carry Madame Alexander dolls, all kinds of building blocks, costumes, Thomas the Train, Hello Kitty, and old-school retro toys like Slinkies and Etch-A-Sketches. Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.

I’m making almost weekly pilgrimages to the intersection of Markham and University these days, both to check on the progress at Midtowne and to see what’s new at Park Plaza. Starbucks is now open at Midtowne, and it looks like construction is pretty much done on the exterior.

One Midtowne tenant I haven’t mentioned yet is Evolve, a new locally owned men’s store that will carry “everything from shoes to casual wear to business casual,” with some suiting and accessories as well, co-owner Josh Davis told me. Davis is co-owner of Thread in the Heights; his partner in the new store is Greg Rudkin. Evolve is scheduled to open Oct. 16.

Over at Park Plaza, Haute Couture is gone, and Ann Taylor has reopened in a much bigger, remodeled space on the second floor. They’ve loaded the racks with lots and lots of R-E-D clothes for fall — Winters, rejoice! — including a fantastic retro-ish sheath dress that had me drooling. If you go to the Park Plaza web site (www.parkplazamall.com) and click on “Events,” you’ll find directions on how to score a discount of between 15 percent and 25 percent on a purchase of $100 or more through Sept. 23.

Speaking of things lady-related, Barbara Graves Intimate Fashions in Breckenridge Village has all kinds of summer merchandise marked at least 60 percent off: several racks of bathing suits, plus a pretty big selection of clothes you wear on the outside.

Linens and Things already has some Halloween decorations, including a 7-foot lighted arch on clearance. That’s right. Marked half off, in mid-September. I’m mystified, but I’m not arguing.

Finally, a correction and apology for Monica Clark, owner of an Arizona furniture store called Indigo Home. I wrote in a recent column that a branch of her store would be opening in the under-construction Pleasant Ridge Towne Center, but that’s incorrect. Developer Lou Schickel says there are plans for a store called Indigo Home in the center, but it’s a local business and is not related to Clark’s store in Arizona. (Here’s hoping its merchandise will be as interesting as what’s on the website of Clark’s store.) Schickel wouldn’t say who the local owner is, and he wouldn’t confirm any other tenants beyond anchors Parisian (grand opening Nov. 1) and The Fresh Market (opening sometime later).



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