Two local retailers - and longtime Shoofly Magazine sponsors - hit the "reset" button in time for holiday shopping: California Drawstrings and Pass Books.
- story by Lisa Monti
And happily for shoppers, there are more books on the shelves on both floors than before, Scott noted. It was worth the wait for fans.
“Our customers/guests were wonderful during the six week renovation,” he continued, “walking a few extra feet across the street to our second location in The Commons, where we normally sell only gelato and our freshly-baked goods.”
While the work was underway, Pass Books and its fans didn’t miss a beat. “We had several author events, and our guests were wonderful in lining up down the street and in the courtyard of our second location,” said Scott.
The improvements come as the popular bookstore and coffee shop marks a lucky milestone. “As we reopen in our refreshed building, we begin our seventh year in the structure as a coffeehouse and bookstore.”
Meanwhile, California Drawstrings has moved back to the very building where the New Orleans boutique opened a branch in the Bay ten years ago. Last weekend the boutique moved to its new location in Lulu’s on Main at 126 Main Street. Early next year another New Orleans original, Fleurty Girl, will make its Mississippi debut at 216 Main Street, California Drawstrings’ old location.
Owner Linda Keenan, who’s operated her flagship shop at 812 Royal Street for 36 years, is hosting a sale at both locations while the move is under way. Shoppers can enjoy savings of 25 percent in the new location and 70 percent off everything in the store at 216 Main.
“I started there with one little room, and by the time I left I had the whole back of the building,” Linda said on the original spot in the first block of Main. The spot is now occupied by Nancy Moynan, owner and chef of LuLu’s on Main restaurant.
California Drawstrings customers will find the same friendly sales staff working in the new location and also their favorite labels including FLAX, Match Point, Krazy Larry pants and the Fridaze wrinkle-free linen line. The Krazy Larry’s line has a particularly strong following, Linda said. “They’re great pants, and they come up with new prints, colors and fabrics all the time. Most people who try them on love them and come back for more.”
Linda will be headed to market in Las Vegas and Dallas in January, so customers can expect more great finds plus comfort, style and quality at California Drawstrings’ new location.
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