Two new shops have recently opened on Franklin Avenue just in time to brighten things up for the holidays. At Juniper Jennifer Moriarty is showing her photographs (she is a professional portrait photographer who specializes in families, children and high school seniors) along with a tempting array of objects that would make perfect presents at very reasonable prices. After managing Ralph Lauren shops in both the Hamptons and Greenwich, Jennifer is familiar with the retail business. Her goal, she says, is “to offer unique and thoughtful gifts that are presented beautifully and offered at wide range of price points.”
Among her offerings are hand poured beeswax candles from Greentree Home Candles as well as candle holders and beeswax candles from Millbrook Farms. She is also hoping to stock Tivoli Tile works pottery. “While our shop is not all handmade, I like to mix it in where I can to add to the eclectic aesthetic of the store,” she says. There is an assortment of children’s toys including gift sets that include a book and a toy based on a particular theme.
Deliciously soft scarves in lovely plaids from Scotland; handsome bronze salad servers with twig handles; pretty papers, journals and notebooks; unusual flower arrangement s by Jardin, a local designer. These are but a few of the attractive things packed into this tiny shop that are perfect for last minute presents as well as hostess gifts.
“I love to redecorate and merchandise,” Jennifer says, “so Juniper’s esthetic will be changing quite often, offering something new each time. This is the beauty of a small shop.” Meanwhile Jennifer is also holding photo sittings for family Christmas cards.
Because she has two small children at MECEC, Jennifer opens Juniper – the name comes from what her grandmother called her when she was little, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 9:00 – 5:00 as well as Monday and Wednesday mornings from 9:00 -12:00.
At the other end of Franklin Avenue next door to Alicia Adam’s Alpaca Barry Kieselstein–Cord has opened what he insists in not a pop-up shop but a permanent installation. A resident of Millbrook for many years, Cord has secured a long lease on the space where he will show his unique designs, which range from handsome sliver belt buckles, handbags, jewelry, accessories and table ornaments. Cord’s creations can be found in many museum collections including those of the Metropolitan and the Louvre. Moreover his past designs include three bishops’ investiture rings now in the Vatican.
Cord says his new gallery will not only “showcase classic Kieseltein-Cord designs but serve as an incubator for the future work” he will design and produce which will be seen here in Millbrook before he “introduces it to the greater world market.”