Each month, more than 20 foraging foes of dull furniture display a suburban spelunker's dream of antiques, furniture, and one-off treasures in the historic Meyer Building's welcoming lower level. Whatever style beckons your home or garden, the infrequency of Urban Mining's sales means a fresh rotation of affordable wares arrives each and every month. Browse through enough tablecloths and doilies to outfit a championship tea bash, or check out fashionable vintage mirrors (starting at $25) to reflect a black-and-white version of your formerly Technicolor dream coat. The furniture runs the gamut from striking window frames and lamps (both starting at around $15) to wood and metal chairs (starting at $20) and retro barware ($15 and up). Every fabric, collectible, and piece of dragon-fired pottery comes after intense searches by Urban Mining's collection of hunter-gatherer vendors, who comb the earth on ungainly camels for orphaned and belittled jewels, restoring them and distributing them to appreciative homes.
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A wave of pastel hues washes over the walls of Lauren Alexandra's two elegant boutiques, where baby and maternity specialist Pamela Dicapo has been outfitting infants, toddlers, and their parents with upscale accessories since 1994. Newborn essentials—stuffed animals, baby-talk translators, and blankets from brands such as My Blankee and Little Giraffe—share colorful shelf space with apparel from European clothiers such as CakeWalk and Catimini. The shops brim with a bevy of accouterments, and Pamela's passion for all things baby-related extends beyond her store. She and her supporting crew travel to parents’ homes to cultivate domestic comfort with professional room design services, harnessing their decorating finesse to help parents select soothing, kid-friendly wall treatments, furniture, and carpet.
Employing a quarter-century of experience, the floral artists at Matney Floral Design meticulously craft detailed and elegant English garden bouquets that accentuate the beauty of homes with seasonal varieties and intriguing arrangements. With Easter and Mother's Day fast approaching, customers can treat motherly rabbits to a 6-inch rose bowl housing gerbera daisies, tulips, lilies, spray roses, and seasonal green stock ($50) or an 8-inch rose bowl that uses its extra inches to include ranunculus, hydrangeas, viburnum, and freesia ($75). Curly willows line the sides of a 6-inch square vase, which gently cushions roses and other seasonal flora like a kangaroo pouch cradling a newborn Joey Lawrence (starting at $100).