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Friday, May 21, 2010

An Inspiring Store to Adore

One thing that I have learned is that Blogland loves an inspirational story. Are you ready for another one?

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About a year and a half ago I introduced you to Olive Annie’s. It was a wonderful shop owned by the fabulous Lani Griffin. She lovingly restored this quaint bungalow into a glorious boutique. Sadly, a horrible fire swept through this charming store a few months later. Lani told me the pictures that I took were the only ones that she had.

Olive Annies 001 It took months of insurance paperwork to determine that the fire was indeed an accident. But the stress was to much for her husband and sadly their 20 years of wedded bliss came to a crashing halt. But this girl persevered and began selling her wares in Sirens and Saints. That is until a drunk driver decided to destroy the store.

sirens accident Ever determined, sweet Lani decided that the third time would be the charm and moved Olive to a top floor in Paris. Paris Envy that is! 

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Olive in Paris is full of fun. Where else can you can take a picture of your new frock in a vintage photo booth?

olive 024-1 Gorgeous vignettes are found in every nook and cranny in the store.

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Oh deer, this is SO cute!

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Lani stocks the sweetest carpetbags. I WANT to be Mary Poppins. Sigh. 

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Another dazzler on my wish list is a darling sundress made from vintage fabric.

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Almost everything Olive in Paris carries is lovingly created by imaginative unknown artists. As a mother of a  struggling fashion designer I so appreciate Lani’s willingness to give the little guy and gal a chance to shine.

olive 023 Lani also supports fair trade/wage. This girl is all heart!

olive 012 If you’re seeking true beauty for your home, it can be found on the first floor of Paris Envy.

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I never fail to find something beautiful. The shop keeper, Laurie Lavy, has AMAZING taste. 

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Heart singing happiness.

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Hello Santos? Please come live at my home.

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Everyone should have a gazing ball.

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I am not sure which I love more, the lantern, the ferris wheel or the screen.

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This is truly a match made me heaven!

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In other stylish news, have you seen these shoes? I guess everyone in America has. Alas my fashion minded head has been in the sand while my scholastic mind played over achiever. As I began thinking of a summer wardrobe I discovered the Cynthia Vincent Gladiator Wedge. I soon learned that it was sold out everywhere. Were you one of the lucky one’s who now own this lovely sandal? Is it worth an Ebay bidding war?

If you find a size 6.5 or 7 I promise to name you the most ADORABLE person of May.


To quote a great gal, “Peace, Amour and Olives”



Kathy said...

Goodmorning Laura! Wow, what a story. I am so amazed at the strength of character in so many people! What a triumph!
I did check out French Basketeer! Dangerous to my bank account! But, oh...
thanks for sharing,

Craftymoose Crafts said...

A very inspiring story! I wonder if I could "reinvent" myself twice after this kind of adversity.

I could spend loads of time in both shops admiring all this beautifulness!

From the Kitchen said...

Hi Laura: I just "met" you over on Mary's blog and was intrigued by your name. I've read and reread the Little House series. And, I see that you are also a Mitford fan. Well, stop by my blog because, for the past several days, I've been posting about my visit to "Mitford"! You are most welcome to come along for the ride!

I'm most anxious to further explore your blog and take a "chance" on one of the wonderful French totes.


Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Wowwwwwwwwwwwwww her story is truly amazing and double WOW she is here in Phoenix....U know where I will be this weekend! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Bonnie said...

What an inspiration and what a great store!! Love it!

Tales From My Empty Nest said...

Wish I lived closer. I would love to visit. Poor Lani, she is a real trooper. I admire her determination. I hope God blesses her new shop this time and she does well in her new location. She certainly deserves it. I will keep my eyes out for your shoes. They are pretty awesome! Love & blessings from NC!

The Boston Lady said...

What a great story of perseverence. I hope she has newfound success in her new location.

I love the unique creations that fill her shop.

Hope you are catching up on some R & R!

Linda said...

Oh my goodness, I wish we had a store like this here in my town!! :) Lovely, lovely!! I'm especially fond of the beautiful sundress, as I love unique items to wear - I don't want to look like everyone else. :P

Hope you have a blessed weekend,

Loui♥ said...

Good morning Laura..
just popping by..
what a delightful place!
so much to see..
oohing and aaaaahing!
Third time truly seems to be a charm!
have a wonderful weekend!
warmest hugs..

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Laura, how can anyone have such bad luck trying to get a little shop underway. Bless her for not giving up. Her shop looks fantastic. I hope she has great success. Hope you are having a super weekend. Hugs, Marty

Jingle said...

What a lovely shop and a wonderful story!

From the Kitchen said...

Yes, Laura, I have the cookbook. I grew up in the south so many of the recipes are very familiar to me--as are the folks who inhabit "Mitford".

By the way, loves this store and the tenacity of the owner. I love shopping boutiques and independent stores/bookshops, etc.

Thanks for the visit!


Atticmag said...

It's great to see success come out of disaster. Gives us all hope. The charm of your friend's store is in her vision so it's bound to return!

the lovely paper blog said...

love your blog!! so cute!

i'm now a follower!!

happy new friend friday!

Christine said...

That is the cutest shop ever. I'd get into so much trouble. Not just because I'd never leave, but because I'm a sucker for a story like hers and I'd keep telling myself "I'm shopping to help her out".

Great story, and gorgeous pics.

Marjorie said...

Very inspiring story! Thanks for sharing it. And thanks for stopping by my blog - appreciate it. :)

Natalie A. said...

Thanks for sharing this story and thanks for visiting my blog today! I'm following your blog now! Have a great day!

Susie said...

That is a beautiful story and a beautiful store!!

Dawn K. said...

What a beautiful story and a lovely blog. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I'm following you too =)


joeandbridge said...

Hi! Following you back from Friendly Friday! Congratulations on your college graduation!

Groschen Goblins


This is the kind of person we all want to succeed. Darling store, wonderful post, Laura. xx's

Liz said...

Another awesome story! Love those sandals! :)


Joanna Noel said...

Thanks for your comment on my blog! LOVE your blog! I am a new follower :)

Maria@BubblegumandDuctTape said...

that was a nice ending, I felt bad for her losing her store twice.
Thanks for visiting and leaving a sweet comment. Love the shoes.

AJ said...

:) Returning your visit and comment. What a lovely blog.. love the pics in your header! Purple... so calm and peaceful!

Visual Vamp said...

What a great role model!
xo xo
PS Nobody looks good in gladiators, even if they are wedges.

Mary said...

What an inspiring story and equally terrific post to highlight it. This was wonderful. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

nanny said...

You can't keep a good girl down!!! Great story! I love the shop, I could spend lots of time there....I love the ferris wheel!

MelissaAggie98 said...

Hi there,

I'm your newest follower from Friendly Friday! If you get a chance, would you please follow me too? Have a great weekend!

Annette said...

That truly is an inspirational story. I would like to think that I would persevere under those circumstances but I don't know that I could.

Thanks for stopping by my blog from Follow Me Friday! Your blog is 'adorable' and I look forward to reading more!

Marvelous Mommy said...

Returning the Friday follow love! Thanks for stopping by my place! :-)

Anita @ Far Above Rubies said...

Love those shoes, I had not seen those but I was in a bidding war for some similar looking Kork Ease wedges and they are on the way!!! I was in WR from 92-94 at the Band of the Air Force Reserve, then again at HQ AFRC for 2003. My brother still lives there and I go back occasionally to sing with the band for July 4th. It is a small world!! And no one loves the "Little House" books more than me! My grandmother got the set for me in the '70s and I still read them. Now I feel like I know you:-)

Brenda@Cozy Little House said...

My stars, what a string of bad luck for her! Hopefully now karma will glow on her in a most positive way. I would break my neck in those sandals. Good luck on finding them!

My Cottage Charm said...

that must be one tenacious lady to endure two stores getting ruined! I'm very happy that she has found a new home for her wares.(very nice wares, I might add!) I LOVED the ferris wheel, how cute! I wish her well...too bad I'm not close enough to might be dangerous for my wallet. :-o
Have a wonderful weekend my dear!

The Two Savvy Sisters said...

Hi there, I am your newest follower, love your blog!! Hope you have a great weekend and cograts!!


Lanie said...

What a beautiful shop! And such gorgeous pictures!

Thanks so much for stopping by today, and congratulations on finishing school. It never matters how old you are!

I am following you back! ~Lanie J.

furygirl3132 said...

What a beautiful story as well as a beautiful shop, thanks for sharing. I am a new follower from Follow ME Friday, so glad to have found your blog. Hope you have a wonderful weekend!


Shelia said...

Hi Laura! Oh, yes, this was a wonderful story. Bless her heart and it looks like her perseverance has certainly paid off! Love the store.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Kingston girl said...

I love your blog with all my heart. I think its so beautiful. I gave you some link love on my blog & I am following your blog! Hope you will check mine out.

Cindy said...

Hi Laura!
Have always loved Olive Annie--so good to hear she's at Paris Envy! And thank you for the sweet ecard!

Angela Brian said...

this is such an amazing post.

thank you.

also i want to say thanks for following, i am here to return the favor!

you blog is a complete gem. i am glad i found you.

koralee said...

Soooo adorable...I love to shop at these type of stores..unique treasures. Thanks for sharing the sweetness today. xoxoxo

Jamie said...

That is quite a story! I wish her the best of luck with the new shop. Such an pretty place to shop!

Tales From My Empty Nest said...

I have looked at 2 Target stores for you to try and find your shoes, but have had no luck. They had the sign up in the store of the shoes, but no shoes. Hopefully someone can find them for you. My daughter wanted a necklace that Target had. After not finding it, they got more in and put them on the website and she was able to order one. Keep checking, maybe they will get some more of these shoes in. Good luck!! Love & blessings from NC!

Pearl said...

I love shops like these. And yes, I too want that carpetbag!

Pearl said...

Not once but twice? That's horrible. The original shop was beautiful. I'm sure she appreciates that you captured it on camera. So many goodies in both of these stores. I get lost in places like this for hours. I too love the sundress made from vintage fabric.

Have a happy weekend, my friend.

Privet and Holly said...

Laura, you are SO right ~ everyone loves a GOOD triumphing over EVIL story or one that is just plain INSPIRING! Love the tale of Olive in Paris.... looks like it would be a wonderful shopping experience. I'll keep an eye out for your shoes!
xx P&H

Katie said...

Now that woman has determination!

Bringing Pretty Back said...

Her story is unbelievable! That poor girl. I am so happy to see she is doing well.Her shop is fabulous!
Have a pretty night,

Natasha said...

If I ever see that pair of shoes anywhere they are yours-I could never wear anything that high!

Great story and great store too!

Best wishes,

Rory from Tools Are For Women Too! said...

Hi Laura,

I have featured you as my Great Craftswoman Of The Week. Please drop by and take a look when you have time. Grab a button if you like. Congratulations.


Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Thanks again for introducing me to Lani's store!! LOVED it!! And you know...I asked the young girl that checked me out at Melrose if any classes were coming up...and sadly, the answer was no..... bummer! But thank you again for the store info...will be heading that way again!! And Lani took a photo of Brookie....sooooo she is on her wall FOREVER! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Leigh of Bloggeritaville said...

(Sigh) How I would love to shop their without a budget! I could do some damage to that store....but in a good way! Kudos for her perserverance!

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

Wonderful story and an adorable shop.....I am always inspired by your blog...

Shelia said...

Hi Laura! Oh, I'm so honored! You're asking me what I lined the back of my tiny little china cabinet with? You, the most decorating one! Well, I wish I could say it was something fabulous, but it is just scrapbooking paper. Just sprayed the back with a glue and poked it up!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Leslie, the Home Maker said...

How wonderful that she picked herself back up and brushed off the dust and kept going- how many times do we all feel like giving up sometimes?
I was very inspired by Lani's persistent heart.
Thank you for telling her story!
I wanted to tell you that I got your entry for my birdcage giveaway, thank you for coming by my home :)
So nice to see new faces!
Blessings to you as you make your home!

Dena E's Blog said...

Hello Laura,,what a treat to find your note at my blog again..I am always Honored by you taking the time..
Hugs from Iowa~~~Dena

beth said...

wow....what a story !
i hope if anything like that ever happened to me, i could pick myself back up and carry on.

and those shoes are fantastic.....but you know that !

gail said...

Hi Laura,, what an amazing story of inspiration. I am also in Phoenix and I will definately get by to visit her sweet shop.
I have enjoyed reading your blog. I love the post on the market baskets! Sooo pretty.
Have a great day, Gail

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

What determination and perserverance! I'm sure it would have been so easy to give up with all of those tragic set-backs. She has obviously not only perservered, she has created such beauty. Thank you for another inspiring story. laurie

Coupon Clippin' Daddy said...

Thanks for stopping by my site. I am now your newest follower!

Have a GREAT day!

Mimi said...

That is a GREAT STORE!!!!What was a sad story until the end, she sure has perseverance!!!And for that I applaud her!!!!I must check it out when I ma near there!!!!!
did you find the shoes!!!

Blue Artichoke Interiors said...

I have always loved Paris Envy and it is one of my favorite store when visiting Phoenix's historic Melrose District. I knew that she had moved to Paris Envy, but did not know the story behind it. Thanks for sharing!