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Medina’s The Alpaca Boutique promises to turn all of us into alpaca fiber lovers

Faye and Jeff Farley didn’t know they wanted to open a boutique, they just knew that when they purchased 15 acres in Medina in 1994, they wanted to own a working alpaca and miniature donkey farm. But five more acres and 75 members of the herd later, they were left wondering what to do with all that fiber. “We joined a fiber co-op...

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Fall's best booties

Q: Any advice on buying the best booties for fall? A: Get ready to be a trendsetter, with runway-inspired bootie styles offered at Lucky Shoes. The Vionic Thatcher is a sleek and classic ankle boot—sculpted for endless walkability—and goes with just about any outfit. Sit by the campfire or go on a coffee date while sporting this...

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Celebrating the poinsettia at Uncle John's Home & Garden

Having been displayed by Franciscan friars in Mexico as early as the 1600s, festively colored poinsettia plants have been a decorative staple of Christmas celebrations for nearly as long as ornamented Christmas trees. In Mexico today, the plant is known as flor de noche buena, or flower of the good night, referring to Christmas Eve. The...

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Now more than ever before, people are scoring high-end home furnishings and decor finds by shopping upscale consignment at Westlake's Consign Home Couture

Consign Home Couture—a haven for high-end furniture and luxurious home décor—is celebrating its 10-year anniversary this month in signature style. “Many of our loyal shoppers drive from miles away and always comment on the vast changes in inventory each week. Certainly the saying ‘Miss a day, miss a lot’ applies...

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Lucky Shoes features brands that stand for a cause

Q: Do you carry any products from companies that use sustainable practices or give back to philanthropic causes? I’d love to buy shoe brands that stand for causes I believe in. A: Lucky Shoes’ local fashion buyers love to find brands that support nonprofits or believe in sustainability, so we carry dozens of thoughtful brands with a...

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