Spotted Around Town

Wanderlust

and fun shopping

By Jennifer Dodds Fox

Essentials & Frosting 

I had heard of E&F from a few people so I decided to take a mini road trip to check it out for myself. What I found is a charming, converted house chock full of clothing, jewelry, accessories and cosmetics. Standout labels include Yala, an eco-friendly company specializing in organic cotton and bamboo clothing; Miraclebody Jeans, slimming denim (!), and Lolly, stylish tops and tees. Beauty brands include Butter London nail polish, John Masters Organics hair care and Herban Essentials, essential oil scented towelettes (seriously refreshing and addicting).I fell for the selection of wearable yet statement-making jewelry by Karen Scott, David Aubrey and Marcia Moran. E&F offers style at all price points and for every age. 1200 E. Seventh St.,  Auburn (260) 927-1424

The Paper Gourmet

I love paper. I love paper stores. I love The Paper Gourmet in Auburn. In addition to the upscale monogrammed stationary, baby and wedding gifts, greeting cards and customizable tote bags, The Paper Gourmet has desk calendars by Karen Adams Designs. These card stock calendars are adorned with whimsical, seasonal images with a touch of glitter and rest on an elegant easel in gold or silver. The starter set is $59, refills $29. Also of note is a super cute and funky line of charm jewelry by Pick Up Sticks. String these fun baubles on a necklace or charm bracelet for a unique, personalized gift. Charms start at $15. 127 W. Seventh St., Auburn (260) 927-2222

Possibilities 

Possibilities is a small shop that’s big on style with refinished furniture in fun colors and shapes. There are mirrors, dressers, stools, tables and magazine racks at such great prices it’ll make your head spin. I didn’t know I needed a hot pink side table until I strolled in, and if I had the space and the money I would have wiped out the entire inventory. The selection is constantly changing, which means you’ll have to stop by on a regular basis. 119 W. 9th St., Auburn (260) 572-6414

Julie’s Gallery Cafe at the Busy Brush 

During a day of solo shopping in Auburn I ventured into this eclectic and comfy cafe looking for a quick nosh but instead sat down to a lovely, leisurely lunch. I had wild
rice and mushroom soup and a ham/turkey/swiss sandwich with peach preserves. Everything was deeelish and affordable. It’s a wonderful “ladies who lunch” spot. 214 W. Sixth St., Auburn (260) 927-2233

Posted Mon, 08/13/2012 - 11:38 am