Sometimes a girl just has to shop and eat lunch! You know a day to catch up with a friend, grab a bite and renew the batteries, so to speak. Especially if it is in a really cool tea room and both can be done all in one location. LOL.
Yesterday was such a day. I met up with my friend Denise, whose daughter was married just Saturday night. Missy Denise was in need of a little R & R and gal time and I was happy to oblige. We hit the road for Waco. Waco is a lovely little town about 65 miles or so south of our little town, so just in an about an hour we had reached our destination. We "lunched" at Sironia, which is a delightful old 50's boutique which now houses not only a wonderful tearoom, but oodles of cute little nooks and crannies filled with wonderful goods for great shopping opportunities. You can find anything from jewelry to soaps, tissues, hand-painted goods, cards and more. From there we headed straight up the street to Spice . Spice is fabulous for just "oodling and awwing" (and shopping). A short trip up the stairs (or on the elevator) takes you to the Shops of River Square Center. Here is another unique shopping/looking experience guaranteed to put a smile on your face. From furniture, to clothing, baby, jewelry, candles and more, each little area is filled with delights. But alas, time was running out and because we wanted to search out a new shop, we headed back onto the road.
I had noticed Amy's ad for Bloom and Bee Swanky in the back of Romantic Homes magazine before, but I was not quite sure where the town of Elm Mott was. But it sounded, like my kind of shop. Then, while reading over one of my favorite blogs, Garden Antique News, Theresa made mention of Amy and then I realized that Bloom and Bee Swanky might be closer than I thought. And it was! Just a short hitch off the highway on the way home. How could we have missed the big pink and brown signs out front? (Well, actually we didn't, but on the way down I was more interested in lunch than in shopping). So, after a short little jaunt, we discovered more wonderfulness! And what a little jewel this antique mall is! Amy is blessed with talented dealers who know how to put together "a look". There are goodies for the die-hard antiquer to the paper artist/scrapper, the home decor gal and more.
For my home decor gal side. here's a beautiful booth, that I wished was really my living room! All done in shades of white and browns and cream and just the right touches of silver and black. I know the picture is grainy ($^%#$# CAMERA!), but that is a large clock on top of the wrought iron piece. And I loved the touches of whimsy, like the little wood artist model and piles of sheet music stacked in a silver tray. Just made my heart skip a beat. And there were other such lovely booths and wonderful "eye"scape's. Beautiful old roses paintings and furniture and wonderful hand-made, big floppy ticking pillows. Some of the pillows had wonderful stitching on them with words like "home". For my scrapper side I found scrabble letters, sheet music, old post cards, old millinery flowers, old patterns and so much more. So much to see in such a great little space.
Beverly, the lady working the register, was just a dear. Delightful to talk to and very helpful. She did mention that the shop would be moving in the near future, actually not too far from Spice. so something to keep in mind if you decide to make the trip to Bloom and Bee Swanky. For now, they are located on 557 N. Connally Drive, in Elm Mott and are open Wednesday - Saturday or just hit http://www.beeswanky.com for more info. You won't be disappointed, cause it's a dream!