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Designer Spotlight: Laura Jean Floral & Design

Last Saturday night I met Laura Jean of Laura Jean Floral and Design, who did the flowers for a dinner series I attended. I can’t believe I hadn’t heard of her before—she is seriously talented, and sweet too. She and jewelry designer Nicole Rueda-Watts, who I met years ago  (check out Nicole’s old loft here) is Laura Jean’s business partner in the shop Observatory in the Observatory Hill neighborhood of Cambridge (next to Nicole’s mom’s furniture shop, Reside). I still need to make a field trip there. In the meantime, if you need a floral designer in the Boston area, for a dinner party, wedding, or any other special event, I highly recommend contacting Laura Jean. (And if you hire her, send me some photos to post!)

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the lovely Laura Jean

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Curious George Will No Longer Be Going to Wordsworth

Curious George Goes to Wordsworth, 1 JFK Street, Harvard Square

Curious George Goes to Wordsworth, the wonderful, red-trimmed children’s book and toy store in Harvard Square is closing, Publishers Weekly reported on Friday. Word in the Square is that the shop will shutter by month’s end. This comes just days after Globe Corner Bookstore announced that it will close its bricks-and-mortar bookstore in Harvard Square too. And old time stationer Bob Slate shut its three shops back in March.

The charming shops will definitely be missed. I enjoyed many fun evenings with the kids at the Border Cafe, Lizzy’s Ice Cream, and Curious George. More recently, Bob Slate was a favorite stop after lunch. When the boys saw the windows of the Church Street location papered over, they were absolutely dismayed.

I won’t digress into discussing the merits and downfalls of paper versus computer screens. I love and support both, with more than my share of expenditures at Apple, book stores, Hearst, and Condé Nast, but alas, the world moves on. Bye bye little monkey.

Now you’ll have to go to Target, or worse, CVS, to buy your pens and paper.

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Jack Wills Sample Sale at Harvard’s Bee Club

The folks at Racked National got some intel on the first Jack Wills sample sale stateside. (I’ve tried to contact the company’s PR in London, to no avail; should probably stop by the store and beg.)

A full range of Jack Wills merchandise on sale for 50% off.

Friday, May 13 • Noon to 7 p.m.
The Bee Club, Harvard University, 45 Dunster Street, Cambridge

S H O P   J A C K   W I L L S

Walburn Bucket Hat, $24
Lilyhurst Dress, $169
Broadhall Playsuit, $69
Ladies Glenthorne Brogue, $249
Mens’ Eccleshill Boating Blazer, $398
Newmarket Striped Henley, $69
Flackwell Bag, $69
Cauldrey Jersey Trunks, $29

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Passport Checks Out of Harvard Square, Holds Big Sale

Passport, Harvard Square

If you haven’t heard yet, Passport boutique owner Jessica Good has decided to close up her shop, located in Harvard Square. On Monday she tweeted from @Passportboutiqu:

“After 3 wonderful years in Harvard Square we are closing our doors at the end of May. We will miss all our customers & friends of the store.”

In an email she told me that she decided the store was simply too big, and since her lease is up at the end of the month, she opted not to renew. She’s contemplating a smaller space, possibly this winter. And, she’s having another baby this summer, so she will keep plenty busy.

No exact closing date yet, but the doors will shut by Memorial Day at the latest. In the meantime, everything in the store is 25% off (full price and markdown items).  She says:

“We still have a lot of inventory in the store so I’d love to get the word out to people.  The designers include MZ Wallace, Vince, Rachel Pally, and Three Dots to name a few, as well as luggage, bags, and travel accessories – lots of great items.”

Passport, 43 Brattle Street, Harvard Square, Cambridge, 617.576.0900

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Closing Sale at Mohr & McPherson Liquidation Center

Discounted Persian rugs at Mohr & McPherson in Cambridge.

Mohr & McPherson, which imports furniture and accessories from around the globe, is closing its Alewife Liquidation Center, which means prices are even less expensive than usual. Rugs, upholstery, one-of-a-kind items, and more are 30% to 80% off. Sale ends when merchandise is gone.

The Mohr & McPherson SoWa showroom at 460 Harrison will remain open for business as usual.

Mohr & McPherson, 151 Alewife Brook Parkway, Cambridge, 617.520.2112

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Shopping Party at Mint Julep, Thursday

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Mint Julep co-owners Brooke Garber and Stephanie Nist are hosting a shopping party at Mint Julep Harvard Square on Thursday evening in conjunction with The Pink List.  (The Pink List is a Boston membership service ($85/year) that offers discounts to boutiques, spas, and such around town. It’s the first time I’m hearing about it; obviously I’ll need to do a separate post.)

Shoppers will receive a 20% discount on all purchases.
(See a sampling of what you can buy, below.)
Cocktails will be served.

Thursday, May 12 • 7 – 9 p.m.
Mint Julep, 6 Church St., Cambridge, 617.232.3600

S H O P   M I N T   J U L E P

Tibi Daniela Dress, $272
525 America Striped Blazer, $156
Plenty by Tracy Reese One-Shoulder Top, $162
Utility Canvas Mini Field Bag, $74
Orla Kiely Summer Flower Stem Print Baby Betty Bag
, $210
Sumaqkay Paracas Woven Handbag
, $234
Corey Lynn Calter Gloria One Shoulder Dress
, $164
Shoshanna Sweetheart Strapless Dress
, $354

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