Virginia McCollam and Grace Kaynor Sotre
Sotre may be new to Magazine Street but it has found its place on one of the most enjoyable streets in New Orleans. Co-owners Grace Kaynor and Virginia McCollam, along with a talented staff, opened the store in November of 2014. The uniquely curated offerings include a blend of art, jewelry, home furnishings, linens and gifts for all occasions. Grace, an interior designer, saw the need for a store that included both contemporary and vintage items. “The more that I struggled to find pieces that would finish a project—like accessories, small case pieces and mirrors— the more I realized that there was a local demand that was not fully satisfied,” says Grace. She moved her design business into Sotre and now offers her clients the full resources of the store to create custom designs. Virginia is a film professional who has worked with a number of acclaimed designers and set decorators to develop the on-location look of award-winning feature films and cable network shows. Together they share a love of the visual and of the architecture of objects that are both timeless and unusual. “I enjoy working with antiques, especially treasured family items that I am able to settle into a personal space for my clients to enjoy,” says Grace. Sotre is well worth a visit—it is a great visual feast that captures the new, the old and the evolving New Orleans.
Sotre is located at 3933 Magazine St., (504) 304-9475. Women IN Business 25