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How to Shop Fondren

Girl About Town Julie Skipper, left, and Fly Girl Meredith W. Sullivan.

by Meredith W. Sullivan and Julie Skipper

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hen the Fly Girl and the Girl About Town get together, we shop. Or at least we talk about shopping. So, we decided to start a series of “How to Shop” guides. Our first stop: Fondren. The little gem of a neighborhood is packed full of fantastic restaurants and locally owned boutiques stocked with everything from artisan gifts, art and fair-trade finds.

Claus Porto Cerina Soap $18 Tangle Boutique and Salon

(607 Duling Ave, 601987-0123) Tangle isn’t just a hair salon; it’s a great place to find unique gifts and cards, thanks to owner Brian Brower’s penchant for stocking yummy-smelling lotions and potions and some great vintage-inspired jewelry lines.

Jeffrey Campbell Kelsey Cage Wedges, $190 The Shoe Bar at Pieces (425 Mitchell Ave., 601-939-5203)

There’s not a stiletto we’re afraid to try, and The Shoe Bar offers a fabulous selection of funky skyscrapers. Plus, manager Becki Hicks always posts what’s just arrived on Twitter, so we can run to get them before anyone else. Ghost Pines Red Blend 2009, $17.95 Fondren Cellars (633 Duling Ave., 769-2162323) We love that the folks at Fondren Cellars know wine is precious cargo. They will carry it to your car and buckle it into the passenger seat. Now THAT’s service!

One-shouldered watercolor dress, $4 Man’s Hat, $29.50 Slavebird (2906 N. State St., Suite 103, 601-981-3547)

Like its sister store, Soma, this new men’s store, located inside popular skate shop Swell-O-Phonic, features pieces all under $100. We like that the fellas can even scoop up some accessories, which are totally on trend.

Silly Billy’s Consignment Shop (534 Mitchell Ave., 601-672-6693) The first time we set foot in Silly Billy’s, the helpful owners gave us a onceover and immediately nailed our styles, flitting around the store and bringing items we loved. What’s better than bargain prices on quality second-hand items plus assistance with styling?

Printed pants, $79.99 Posh Boutique (4312 N. State St., 601-364-

2244) Even though you have to venture up State Street a bit to the north Fondren location, this hip boutique is always exciting. Keisha Marie stays up to date on the current trends while stocking great classic pieces for the working gal as well.

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Pepe O’Malley, $8

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Babalu Tacos & Tapas (622 Duling Ave.,

601-366-5757) Even the best table-side guac in town can’t keep us from ordering a fancy cocktail the second we sit. It’s always a toss-up between the Babarita and the Pepe O’Malley.

Silk wrap dress, $18 The Green Room (3026 N. State St., 601-981-

9320) We’ve never stepped into this place without falling in love with something. From the retro drinking glasses and croquet set to the clothes and jewelry from the ’60s and ’70s, if you’re like us and a sucker for vintage, you won’t leave empty handed.