TAMPA — Clayton Gray Home joined a row of shops revitalizing the 2000 block of West Kennedy Boulevard earlier this month, offering home decor and accessories near a cycling fitness studio, a wedding gown boutique and across the street, Buddy Brew.
Owner Wendy Carter Garraty looks forward to marketing the retail strip with her neighbors as she transforms from a Web-based business into a storefront.
"I started an online boutique seven years ago in my pool house in Hyde Park," she said, "and it grew and grew to more than 4,000 products."
The new shop "offers a smaller selection of modern, eclectic, low-key luxury items," Garraty said. Residential and commercial decorative elements include mirrors, candles, furniture, fabric, lighting, pillows and artwork in a mix of styles. "A lot of lines you don't see here in Tampa," she said.
Clayton Gray Home, at 2021 W. Kennedy Blvd., is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Visit claytongrayhome.com or call (813) 250-3663.
Lily & Max opens at Westshore
Fairy princesses, wave your magic wand and a selection of handmade tutus and costumes appear at Lily & Max's.
Adorable may be an understatement at the children's boutique Ozzy and Sonny Caliskan opened in Westshore Plaza, near Sears and the elevators to the second floor movie theater. The couple will continue to sell tot wear from a kiosk near the food court, as they have for more than five years.
"We have 50 colors of tulle in stock," said Ozzy, "and for Halloween, how about ladybugs, bumble bees or a witch costume?"
Appliqued and custom-embroidered onsies and shirts are another speciality.
The shop features boutique brands such as Mud Pie, Petite Ami and Little Lass, for boys and girls, infants up to size 7. Also hair bows, headbands and, of course, tiaras for the well-dressed Tinkerbelle.
The Caliskans opened their first Lily & Max in the Shops at Wiregrass in Wesley Chapel in February 2011.
Lily & Max, 250 Westshore Plaza, is open daily 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Visit Lilyandmax.com or call (813) 287-1925.
Everything's a buck at Dollar Place
Shampoo, sunglasses, sodas, screwdrivers. Panty hose, vitamins, duct tape.
Balloons, paper party plates, gift bags and greeting cards.
Kitchen utensils and cleaning supplies.
"Everything costs $1," said Burt Jones, who opened his first, independent Dollar Place at the corner of S Howard and Morrison avenues in March.
"Name brand items, too, " he said, pointing at popular product labels shelved in the tiny space.
"It's not your typical dollar store," he said. "It's more like a hybrid between a convenience store and a dollar boutique."
Shoppers get more personal service, Jones said, as he is getting to know the neighborhood. He has already begun scouting future locations.
Dollar Place, 935 1/2 S Howard Ave., is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. Call (813) 260-2740 for more information.
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