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At Juxtapose in Tampa's Hyde Park, gift ideas abound

Sisters Kallie and Lindsay Renee Wesley always dreamed of owning a store together. They just didn't think it would happen so soon. At 24 and 27 years old, the native Lexington, Ky., blonds are the proud owners of Juxtapose, a lifestyle store in the middle of Hyde Park Village.

Kallie defines the store's style as "Florida casual with some sparkle," which pretty much explains it all. The shop carries a variety of clothing and housewear items, all for everyday use but with a touch of whimsy. Embroidered pillows with unexpected colors ($127), bracelets that seem simple at first but upon closer inspection mimic a heartbeat pattern ($139) and garden tools with pink flowers painted on them for extra charm ($17) are some of the items available.

The sisters, who named the shop after the mix of their diverging tastes (and ­Kallie's ­favorite word), opened Juxtapose in October 2011. Hyde Park Village was a carefully made choice that matched the store's style — elegant but hip.

What the store has quickly become known for in the neighborhood are its knickknacks. Right in the middle of the space is a variety of gifts, starting at $1 for a pack of gum that's labeled "Supermodel Meal in a Box." A kitschy book on The Gentle Art of Domesticity ($37.50), a pack of eight thank-you cards ($19) and hors d'oeuvres picks with shells ($9 for a set of 40) are some of the other "didn't know you needed them until you saw them" pieces.

Staying true to their artistic backgrounds, the sisters also commission paintings and custom artwork (prices vary). They feature fellow local artists' work like handmade jewelry (the only kind of jewelry available at Juxtapose, to give customers a bespoke feel) and stained-glass decor as part of their inventory.

Juxtapose Apparel & Studio

What: Trendy fashion and knickknacks with an artistic twist

Where: 718 S Village Circle, Tampa. (813) 251-0099, shopjuxtapose.com.

When: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

At Juxtapose in Tampa's Hyde Park, gift ideas abound 02/19/14 [Last modified: Wednesday, February 19, 2014 11:00pm]
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