Were you stuck stateside all summer? Who cares! Grab your passport, pretend youve just spent nine hours in coach, and head out to these fabulous import stores.
I love Sabi (3703 N. Western; 525-1717), a fantastic little shop full of unique finds, many that got their start across an ocean or two. That begins with the furniture, almost all for sale, and from China or Japan.
I loved Nepals frothy, light-as-air, silk-merino wool scarves; and check out the woven towels made from 100-percent Tunisian cotton. These are thin and massive, so you can use them as a tablecloth. The smaller hand towels would be perfect in the kitchen.
I also loved the kitchen towels from France: vibrant, bright, with fun patterns (like a squirrel!) and French sayings. My French stops at je mappelle, so the towels could be swearing spectacularly, but theyre pretty.
There is so much to linger over at Sabi (like Mexicos ivory Santa Rosa candles), but I cant bypass Global Girlfriends latest: small messenger bags made from recycled and dyed mosquito netting very cool.
At Notting Hill (7200 N. Western; 842-1500), owner Lee Ward is planning her next buying trip to England.
I loved the in-store-now jewelry from Notting Hill (as in the London neighborhood) artist Caroline Dent. Notting Hill (the store) is the only place in the U.S. to find her creations, which use vintage pieces like beads and lockets in necklaces, earrings and bracelets.
Pretend youve just spent nine hours in coach and head out to these fabulous import stores.
Not just England is represented.
Check out the hunting lodge-cool mounted deer antlers from Germany. The dainty, vintage antlers are mounted on beautifully carved German Black Forest wood.
As always, the gorgeous china and furniture are to die for. I particularly liked the English Flow Blue china set and the delicate silver serving pieces perfect for my own English tea party.
From 5 to 9 p.m. Friday at A Date with Iris (4201 N. Western; 604-5959), local artist Annah Chakola Ramsey will debut a new line of bags during a trunk show. Ive talked about her striking jewelry before (often using pendants and objects found in India), but now shes offering similarly lovely handbags, based around hand-embroidered cloth she purchased while trekking through Asia.
See? You still got a round-theworld trip, and no plane ticket necessary.
Photo by Shannon Cornman