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Jenny Coon Peterson October 5th, 2011

You have to be buzzed in at Verdigris (1001 N.W. 10th; 602-8986), which makes me feel very posh. (Although, I think it has more to do with the up-and-coming location than keeping out the proletariat.)

The gorgeous vintage and antique store opened earlier this year in the old Army surplus store, and the vintage vibe of the building only adds to the character of the place. Verdigris is first shop for sister owners Kimberly Spicer and Melissa Graham. The large store has about 30 vendors, but the sprawling space is set over a large, airy main room, a cozier back room, a fenced-in outdoor space and a back building. The owners hope to use part of the space as a hangout area (there’s already a seating area and TV in place) and hold activities and after-hours events.

The vendors at Verdigris (pictured) range from retro nostalgia (like a cool, old gas pump) to beautifully repurposed pieces and even natural finds (like a weathered piece of driftwood mounted on a stand). There are a ton of great finds — and, thankfully, nothing feels too crammed.

right, Toni Clopton Checks Out a Lamp at Verdigris.

I especially loved the old luggage in the booth of Sara Kate Studios and the vintage postcards from Flying Whimsy. Check out old images of Stockholm, British Columbia and Belfast. All very cool.
In the Plaza District, Urbanology (1751 N.W. 16th; 601-9555) just opened last Friday and is the first shop for owner Tammy Switzer.

The store is adorable, with the vintage, retro pieces arranged into little “rooms” to give you an idea of how things can pair together. A lot of the pieces are lovingly refurbished, which Switzer said fits into what “urbanology” is — stuff that’s been loved and is getting a new life.

I especially loved the cool, mid-century furniture and the retro knickknacks (like a lacquered orange flamenco dancer figurine!). And don’t miss the wall art or clothing — especially the vintage skirts perfect for fall. The jewelry is a mix of vintage and new, some of which Switzer makes herself. Check back for Urbanology’s grand opening celebration sometime in the next month.

Next to Heirloom Shoe, the very cool Folk.Life (4411 N. Western; 524-1500) has set up shop — which probably means trouble for my bank account. The import store is owned by Shelly States, who owned a similar shop in Austin before moving to the metro.

Folk.Life focuses on folk art pieces handmade by artisans around the world. And it truly is global — you’ll find pieces from Mexico to Nepal and from Peru to India. I loved some of the jewelry, including gorgeous enamel necklaces from India and the beaded-and-crocheted pieces from Guatemala.

Just in time for Dia de los Muertos (Nov. 2), Folk.Life has a great selection of smiling skeletons, from the traditional figurines and retablos to some svelte lady skeletons in alluring dresses and big hats. Also be sure to check out the brightly painted San Pasqual carved wooden skeletons from Guatemala.

From Nepal, I loved the prayer flags and adorable knit hats with animal faces (check out the donkey).

The weather’s lovely (finally!), so get out there and get shopping.

Photo by Mark Hancock
 
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