Store Opening

May 18, 2008|By [CATHERINE SUDUE]

A BIT OF ZEN

711 W. 40th St. / / 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday; 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday / / 410-662-5660; abitofzen.com

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MANNEQUINS DRESSED IN COSTUMES from around the world, drawings from Nepal and Thailand and pieces of antique Indian furniture give A Bit of Zen a bit of the exotic. "I like being an instinctive entrepreneur and working with space," says Marie Payzant, owner of the Rotunda boutique.

The store offers clothing, jewelry, antique furniture and body care items for men and women. If you need a kimono, Indian jewelry, a teak dining room set or Portuguese soaps and lotions, this is the place to go.

Payzant, who previously owned A People United on Charles Street, has many of her own creations for sale in the store, as well as those from local and national designers. Clothing ranges from $20-$600. Jewelry costs $60-$250. Antique furniture ranges from $1,200-$6,000.

"It's about having less, but better quality," says Payzant.

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