SOUTH TAMPA — While many home furnishing stores have struggled to stay open during the housing downturn, Holly Pequignot has decided the time is right to make a bold move. She is opening a second location of her HP Interiors business, which she started three years ago on Bruce B. Downs Boulevard.
The new location, a 4,900-square-foot building at 616 S MacDill Ave., should open this month, Pequignot said. She said her design philosophy is what has helped her stay viable: She can offer and order pieces from well-known lines, but makes an effort to stock items that will help clients reflect their personal style.
"I carry unique, eclectic pieces," Pequignot said. "That's what people want."
Some of her furniture and decor items are higher end, but Pequignot said most are priced in the middle range. HP Interiors also sells gift items, tableware and linens.
A designer for 15 years, "I've never had to solicit for business," Pequignot said. "I go all by word of mouth. I have a lot of clients (in South Tampa). It was inevitable that I open down there."
Hours will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and by appointment.
StyleWise, a team
Tacy Oleson and her mother, Joyce Wise, have been working in the beauty and image business for years — just not under the same roof.
Oleson has spent the past several years working as an image consultant out of her South Tampa home, while Wise has been styling hair and doing makeup "since before I was born," Oleson said.
This week, they opened their own shop, the StyleWise Per
sonal Image Studio at 415 S Dale Mabry Highway.
It's not a salon, spa or retail shop, said Oleson. It's a little of each. Wise and Oleson offer hair and nail services, facials, waxing and makeup applications, and are available for image consultation services. The shop also offers accessories for sale.
Oleson's main role will be wardrobe styling and personal shopping. She typically charges an hourly fee for taking a client to the malls or boutiques or assessing what's in his or her closet.
"We both have been doing image consulting, though I like to call it 'image styling,' " Oleson said. " 'Consulting' makes it sound like men and women don't know what they're doing. We (focus on) head to toe, inside and out."
The studio will offer weekly seminars on a variety of topics, beginning Monday. Hours at StyleWise are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and Sunday by appointment. A Web site, stylewiseoftampa.com, should debut soon, Oleson said.
Town Toiles moves
The old bungalow on Bay to Bay Boulevard where Ginny Lindquist opened her Town Toiles store two years ago had its
charms, but the parking area was not one of them. To call it a "lot" would be a stretch.
"I had customers tell me that if they saw a car (already) there, they wouldn't even try to stop," Lindquist said.
Last month Lindquist moved her inventory of original fabric and wallpaper creations to a more accessible space at 2301 S MacDill Ave.
She found it thanks to her friend Jeff Surrena, who owns the furniture store Past Perfect next door.
Lindquist has added a twist to the typical pastoral style of traditional toile fabric by creating patterns inspired by some of her favorite places, including Nantucket, New York, Chicago, Charleston and Tampa. The designs have been made into wallpaper and fabrics.
Lindquist also creates custom toiles for clients, and plans to launch a line of college-inspired toiles by this fall.
Hours at the retail store, where she also sells clothing, gifts and accessories, are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
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