Among the bustling cafés, organic grocers, and colorful boutiques lining Jackson's hip Fondren district lies The Shoe Bar @ Pieces. Inside, its black-and-white checkered floor and splashy rugs echo the energy fueling the urban neighborhood outside. Shelves stretch from floor to ceiling, tight with shoeboxes from high-end brands such as Coconuts and bebe. Full-size mirrors reflect women draped in duds by Nightcap and Religion as they look for approval from the parrots perched on their shoulders. Along with shoes and clothing, the style-conscious retailers also hawk accessories including jewelry designed by local artists.
The letter-masters at Monogram Magic imprint apparel and other accouterments with customized names and initials. Customers can bring in their own T-shirts, shower curtains, bath towels, or other belongings to have them emblazoned with their initials or the preferred initials of a future spouse ($10+ for outside items). Though the cost of the items themselves are not included in today's deal, Groupon buyers can also apply their vouchers toward monogramming cute and classy objects bought in-store such as angel dolls ($27.50) and teddy bears in pajamas ($34.95), with name-threading charges starting at $8. Tote bags, pillowcases, and clothing for adults and children fill the colorful store's painted shelves and racks.
Nicole Hall, a third-generation master jeweler, spent years creating and repairing fine jewelry before opening Buckingham Jewelers with her husband, Simon. To forge custom pieces, she works closely with customers to understand their vision before sketching ideas and compiling a small mound of precious stones and gems. Most of her designs are bold statement pieces, such as a necklace of diamonds circling a pale-green opal. When clients want to include family heirloom stones or enhance existing jewelry, Nicole draws from her repair experience to carefully renovate their precious items. She even welds with a laser to avoid potential heat damage from soldering or outsourcing the job to an amateur fire-swallower.
In addition to Nicole's custom pieces, she and Simon carefully curate their shop's display cases with bold European jewelry. Hard-to-find pieces from Orit Schatzman, a handmade line in Israel, glisten alongside Danish Skagen watches. They also carry Angelique de Paris's colorful resin bangles, which are fashioned with sterling silver, vermeil, and gemstones, and have been featured in In Style and Harper's Bazaar.
Earth Walk Shoes’ stylish footwear from brands such as Dansko, Mephisto, Birkenstock, Merrell, Ecco, Brooks, Clarks, and Finn Comfort coddle feet and welcome accessories such as cushioning insoles and shoe polish. Earth Walk’s shoes are particularly great for working professionals who stand on their feet all day, including nurses, teachers, and restaurant staffers, as they cradle tootsies for all-day comfort. Though Earth Walk focuses on equipping patrons with comfortable clogs, sandals, and occupational kicks, its knowledgeable associates ensure that no matter which shoe a patron chooses, they’ll always receive a proper measurement with a Brannock Device or protractor to find a pair of clodhoppers that complements his or her style.
Sandra Mitchell, Clarke Jewelers' master jeweler and owner, grew up watching her father repair watches, jewelry, and guns in his jewelry shop. The fascinated youngster decided to attend jewelry school and has been repairing and custom designing baubles for 35 years, recently with the help of her daughter Nicole, a master jeweler who specializes in repairing sterling silver, a difficult metal other jewelers are afraid to touch. In addition to their handiwork, they stock high-quality fine jewelry and trendy items, including bridal sets by Gabriel & Co., Citizen Eco-Drive watches, and sterling-silver bangles, rings, and halos.
At three locations throughout Mississippi, Humidor & Havana Cigars' display cases brim over with premium hand-rolled cigars from esteemed manufacturers. Humidors, carrying cases, and maintenance products facilitate quality puffs from Perdomo, Excalibar, and Hoyo de Monterrey cigars, while the Humidor Cigar Club invites patrons into a filtered smoking room, equipped with private humidified lockers to stock their smoldering indulgences. Five LCD flat screens beam down upon the lounge's oversize ottomans and pool tables, and complimentary Internet access allows patrons to shop online for bulk boxes of Michael Bolton wigs.