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Shop Talk — July 2009

Boudoir to Boomerang: lingerie in Danville and Livermore; two new stores in Lafayette; new art galleries in the 510.


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Danville residents Rick and Simran Brah have opened the high-end Dollhouse Lingerie in their hometown’s Blackhawk Plaza. Also in the plaza, boutique chain Georgiou, which sells chic European-style women’s clothing by the San Francisco-based Georgiou Design Studio, opened its doors last month. Another upscale lingerie boutique, LilyAnn’s Lingerie, has moved into Livermore on First Street near Dana’s Bridal.

Also in Livermore, Boomerang, a kid’s consignment store started by former schoolteachers Monica Kasin and her son, Michael, was set to open in June on K Street. And Pleasanton’s Savvy Seconds (pictured) has opened up a second location (with a different owner) on Livermore’s First Street. The upscale consignment boutique offers high-end treats such as Chanel, Gucci shoes, and Michael Kors bags at 50 to 60 percent off retail.

In Lafayette, longtime custom jewelry shop Ware Designs has found a new location. Owner Stephen Ware, who teaches jewelry making at Acalanes High once a week, is moving his business into the former Contra Costa Stationers space near Trader Joe’s. Sharing that same space will be Elmwood Stationers, just the second location for this East Bay institution, whose original store has been serving Berkeley’s Elmwood neighborhood for 43 years.

Meanwhile, the 510 is bursting at the seams with new art galleries: In Oakland’s Temescal district, Danielle Fox opened SLATE art & design, featuring moderately priced art primarily from Bay Area artists, while Smokey’s Tangle, an artist-run gallery and rock ’n’ roll music appreciation center (with flexible “artistic” hours) opened down the street on Telegraph Avenue. In Berkeley, the Hazel Wolf Gallery debuted inside downtown’s new übergreen David Brower Center, while the beautiful Alphonse Berber Gallery opened in February in a Julia Morgan–designed building, next to the Berkeley Art Museum.

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