Store Opening

November 05, 2006|By STEPHANIE SHAPIRO

RED TREE

921 W. 36th St., Hampden

Hours: 10 a.m.-8 p.m., every day through the holidays

410-366-3456

Imagine a capacious shelter store with a folkabilly sensibility: creatively displayed pendants fashioned from antique buttons and other found objects 2 / 3 cupboards with distressed finishes, angels constructed from architectural bits and pieces. Now, imagine that store filling the space once occupied by the New System Bakery on the Avenue in Hampden.

Surprise. It's not your imagination. Red Tree has come to West 36th Street. Brimming with "home furnishings and artistic goods from around the world and around the corner," the shop reflects the whimsical good humor of the owners, Carmen Brock and Kacey Stafford. The two women are well aware that their shop is built on sacred ground, and say it's an honor to be in the space. Stafford and Brock hail from Kentucky, but didn't meet until each had left the state. They came to Baltimore with their husbands. Brock and Stafford are artists who have dreamed since childhood of owning a business. "It's important to find something beautiful and affordable," Brock says. That won't be difficult at Red Tree. There is lovely dinnerware from a Savannah studio, mahogany furniture from government-certified tree farms in Indonesia, delightfully zany clutches from Monka, a Hampden-based enterprise, and oceans of lotions and scented candles. Brock and Stafford seek out fair-trade products, items made under environmentally sound conditions and those created from recycled materials.

Jewelry prices range from $22 to $210. The furniture, available in 16 different finishes, ranges from $100 to $1,600.

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