Thursday, November 2, 2006
Style File: Home-tique
They say home is where the heart is, but if your heart belongs to shopping, we have just the right place for you. In tonight's Style File, skip the hustle and bustle of the malls and settle inside a peaceful Home-tique.
WSVN -- The fight for parking, the reaching and the grabbing.
If shopping makes you feel like dropping, skip the busy boutiques and try a Home-tique.
In her house off Biscayne Boulevard, Vicky Hurtado has created a place to shop in solitude.
Vicky: "Hi, Scarlet. How are you?"
You instantly feel at home in this second story room.
A beautiful view helps you relax and so does a glass of wine.
Scarlet Tenen: "I like the home feeling, especially with the furniture and everything just laid out nicely, but not cluttered or crowded."
Shoppers can choose from a hodge-podge of unique clothes and jewelry that Vicki picks up on her travels around the world.
Vicky Hurtado: "I love to go to India, Nepal, Pakistan. I have a home-tique where you can find things you won't normally find in stores."
Scarlet Tenen: "She can tell you personal stories about lots of things and tell you where it's from."
The beauty of this Home-tique is that if you see something you like, buy it.
If not, just hang for awhile.
Vicky Hurtado: "When they come in, we have some wine and then we have some snacks. It's just for fun -- it's like Barbie club."
You are also welcome inside the Home-tique of Caroline Dadlani.
It is a high-end oasis tucked away in the second story of an old house on 17th Street in South Beach.
Caroline Dadlani: "They'll come in, and it almost feels like you're having your friends over to your house."
Many customers spend a whole day at Dadlani's, sipping champagne and soaking in the soothing sights and sounds.
Tica Echarte: "It's very relaxing, you know -- the music is always great, and it's very low, and it's always scented. It's like having one big fun place to play dress up."
The exotic clothes, jewelry and perfume are hand-picked by Caroline, who also travels the world looking for pieces you will not find anywhere else.
Caroline Dadlani: "We have had people say it's a perfectly edited wardrobe -- the store -- because there is something for every taste."
Tica Echarte: "You come and you shop, and it's like it's really personal, and it's not like racks and racks of clothes."
So, for all you mall rats that are looking for a more relaxing shopping experience, welcome home.
Both Home-tiques are moderately priced with prices ranging from $20 to $500 for dresses or leather.
However, you cannot just pop in -- both are by appointment only.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
1056 17th St
Miami Beach, FL 33139