Shoppers enjoyed a fine blending of local art, mellow music, refreshing mimosas and of course the imaginative mix of beautiful furniture and accessories perfect for Cayman’s indoor/outdoor lifestyle at a special one-day event at Sticks and Stones last month. Business Editor Lindsey Turnbull was in attendance and reports.
Readers will most likely have been familiar with the Sticks and Stones furniture and accessories store at its previous location and the bottom end of the Harquail Bypass alongside Atlantic Kids, with its bright flags beckoning in shoppers. In March owner Jani La Fortune decided to up sticks (so to speak) and move to a new location just down the road from CUC’s headquarters in the industrial park. This new home, still complete with easily identifiable flags, has a large indoors area in which to house its fine collection of beds, patio furniture, soft furnishings, lamps, mirrors and a whole lot more, but also, new for the shop, it has a wonderful backyard complete with pond and large airy deck that creates a magnificent backdrop for Jani’s highly desirable stylish outdoor furniture and accessories.Jani says that her customers have continued to shop at the new location, even though it is slightly off the beaten track; never-the-less holding an art event in conjunction with the Visual Arts Society at the shop has drawn a good sized crowd and hopefully some new customers along the way.“We really wanted to create something for the community and so joined forces with the Visual Arts Society to showcase not only our shop but also some great artwork as well. It’s been a great success and we hope to hold similar events every six weeks,” Jani says.Dora Williams is the President of the Visual Arts Society and displayed some of her artwork alongside fellow artists John Broad, Cecelia Urdaneta and Avril Ward, the latter three artists actually creating their artwork on the day.Dora is delighted at the partnership with Jani and says the new premises allowed for an excellent flow of customers who could easily appreciate the mix of furniture as well as the stunning blend of artwork.“I think the originality of the artwork created by local artists highlights the furniture at Sticks and Stones to tremendous effect,” she states. Jani also worked in conjunction with The Botanic Park and had a good selection of indigenous plants for sale, all at great prices.“We are going to continue to sell plants from The Botanic Park even after this one-day event has finished,” she says. Indeed, the selection of plants for sale, including Silver Thatch palms, sea grape and ‘Headache Bush’, created a great natural backdrop to the wood and stonework of the Sticks and Stones furniture. The overall effect gave shoppers an excellent example of how the furniture might look in their own homes.Artist Avril Ward was enthusiastic about the entire event, “This is a lovely venue in which to create and display art and the whole ambiance enlivens the shopping experience tremendously. It is definitely worthwhile coming out and seeing what Sticks and Stones has to offer as well as see the latest creations by the artists from the Visual Arts Society.”