As a young girl, jewelry designer Kimberly Brown was taught by her mother to never follow the crowd, and she has been flaunting her originality ever since. Now, she expresses herself through her colorful, eclectic jewelry line, which inspired her to open a fashion boutique to help others show off their own individuality. At Urban Chocolate, she and her friendly staff act as stylists, helping their guests unleash inner artists while donning handcrafted and vintage clothing, purses, and shoes. Kimberly's line of jewelry is also always on hand to help guests spice up boring outfits or steal attention from their scales.
Urban Chocolate is located within The Seen. This retail and performance space acts as a hub for Memphis's cutting-edge fashion designers, musicians, writers, and artists.
Sharri Schmidt's foray into the world of art has been anything but typical. After a life-changing auto accident, the woman whose background was in science and sales and who lived a left-brained person's existence suddenly became very visual and right brained. Still, she maintains a curiosity about how stuff works and is very knowledgeable about what tools and supplies her customers at Sharri's Discount Art Supplies might need to complete an art project or beautify their dog. When she's not helping customers find art supplies or rescuing wild critters—some of which find their way to a store, including two kittens—Sharri is teaching painting and pottery classes.
The Cookie Store helps its customers to satisfy their sweet teeth with an extensive assortment of fresh-baked cookies and seven types of smoothies. From classics such as chocolate chip to more inventive flavors including snickerdoodle, honey oatmeal raisin walnut, and heath-bar toffee, The Cookie Store’s bakers concoct a spread of delicious bite-size treats daily. In addition to cookie trays and tins, bakers create custom cookie cakes in a variety of different shapes, including hearts and circles, that can be decorated with birthday messages, cartoon characters, or interpretations of Jackson Pollock masterworks.
Flirt owner Stephanie Watson avidly follows the latest trends in fashion as she stocks her three boutiques with an eclectic selection of apparel, handbags, and jewelry. Designer tops and Miss Me jeans share space with form-fitting dresses, colorful undergarments, and full-length leggings. Elegant and vibrant jewelry accompanies outfits, and pristine handbags offset the store’s selection of distressed totes, providing a stylish alternative to the loosely tied garbage bags worn by most models.
An orb of mauve and pale pink roses bursts from a thin glass vase. Hoops of lily grass and skinny stalks of equisetum frame fuchsia orchids. Such are the inventive components of Boggan's Florist’s eye-catching and diverse collection of flowers, which can suit any occasion. The shop’s floral experts are happy to guide customers through the vast selection, helping them hone in on their ideal arrangement.
In addition to exotic and classic blooms, the shop also stocks gifts and treats, from a dozen Belgian chocolate-covered strawberries to stuffed bears that play birthday songs or reminders to feed the fish. Additionally, the florists use their keen eyes to arrange gift baskets filled with gourmet food, fresh fruits, or spa products.
The staffers at Yarniverse understand that it often takes more than yarn and needles to see a knitting project through to the end. With this in mind, they man a round table inside the two-story shop where they help clients master tricky patterns, inspire them to try new techniques, and fuel knitting sprees with friendly conversation until each wooly endeavor is complete. Before starting new projects, clients stock up on yarns and knitting tools or refresh their skills in a class that covers how to make socks, dog sweaters, or vintage scarves.