Figwood Launch Party

My friends and I started out the evening at 806 Wine & Martini Bar where we drank mojitos and sampled some of their appetizers such as the Shrimp and Asiago Dip and Bruschetta. We were able to sit on the patio, which turned out to be warm and sunny, even though rain was predicted. This is within walking distance of Banyan Tree if you are ever looking to get drinks after shopping. 

Then we headed over to Banyan Tree to see Figwood. The clothing line seemed to be based on basics with a modern and functional flair of style including both comfortable everyday pieces as well as special occasion wear. Some pieces that caught my eye were the long tank top with flower pin (pictured above) and a bright yellow print halter dress. Each piece seemed to have it’s own unique cut or embellishment.

I especially loved the jewelry which consisted of statement necklaces and eclectic bracelets and earrings. I really loved the leather flower rings.

Pretty girls modeled the clothes.

Here I am in my mom’s dress from the 80s that she said she bought some time after she and my dad got married. I am also wearing an Old Navy Jean Jacket, Charlotte Russe wedges, and my H&M purse.

My purchase of the night was this “Panama” style hat. I am excited to wear it at the beach and as an unexpected accessory with summer dresses. Over all it was a fun event. It’s exciting to have a clothing line produced by local Clevelanders like Christie Murdoch, a successful store owner, and Sara Sandberg. You could definitely say the Banyan Tree is one of those stores that attracts visitors to Cleveland and makes areas like Tremont so unique.

Figwood clothing line launch

The trendy boutique, Banyan Tree, in Tremont (right outside of downtown Cleveland), is launching their own clothing line tonight. Some friends and I will be there to check it out. And hopefully I can snap some photos to share pieces from the collection. I’ll keep you posted.

Places to shop: Tremont

I just found a new vintagey clothing shop, right in the Cleveland area, Tremont, to be exact. Tremont is a charming area that has been reinvented with galleries, shops, and some of the best restaurants and bars in Cleveland. It also is home to some very unique and creative merchants such as Lilly Handmade Chocolates, who carries specialty beers and wines in addition to her handmade chocolates. The store owner is in love with the color pink, and if you ever go to her shop you will find several pink piggy banks, not to mention bright pink walls. You never forget a place that sells chocolate and beer, and is completely decorated in pink—great marketing strategy.
Tremont also is starting to become home to some interesting clothing boutiques, including Pinky’s Daily Planner, a handmade clothing collection designed by Stephanie Fralick. It is described on the site as being modern, but if anything the clothing has a vintage flair. It is where I imagine Zooey Deschanel would shop if she lived in Cleveland, and it has a similar style as Anthropologie—and similar pricing. The store has very limited hours: Friday 2 to 9 p.m. and Saturdays 2 to 9 p.m., but you can also visit the store by appointment. And if you can’t make it to the store you can make purchases on the Web site. Here is an idea of what they have:

Honig Winery Happy Hour

A friend and I attended the Honig Winery Happy Hour at Fahrenheit in Tremont. I had the Roasted Beets with Goat Cheese, Arugula and Pistachios for $6, the Four Cheese Ravioli, Pancetta and Roasted Peppers, Parmesan and Basil for $6, and a glass of the Honig Winery Cabernet Sauvignon for $9 a glass. The winery is located an hour away from San Francisco and I could certainly taste that it was a quality wine. I also really enjoyed my appetizers. I will definitely go back to try Farhenheit’s regular happy hour, which features appetizers ranging in price from $2 to $4. 
The crowd was definitely older than us, which means 30 to middle aged. There were the suited after work crowd and then your typical see and be seen socialites. Either way there was a relaxed, non-pretentious atmosphere. The bartender was dressed up for the occasion but didn’t look stuffy, just fashionable, probably due to the fact that he didn’t include the suit jacket in his ensemble just the tie and vest. The president of the winery was walking around checking on guests, and I snagged his card for my trip to San Francisco this weekend. I went away thinking…I hope more great wineries take advantage of the growing Tremont area.

After drinks we couldn’t help but try to make bad retail decisions. Unfortunately, we didn’t buy anything at Banyan Tree but looking at the clothes was enough retail therapy for me.

Photos courtesy of Fahrenheit’s and Banyan Tree’s Web sites.