Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Destination St. Charles: Expo Show and Some Panache

Don't forget to PRINT THIS PAGE and bring it with you this weekend to the DuPage Expo Center Show in St. Charles to receive HALF-OFF your admission to this awesome event.

Make as many as you'd like to share with friends, too! Now in its second season, the Expo Show has been a huge hit with dealers and shoppers alike, so don't miss it. Details are just a click away on the show sidebar.

And a Little Panache
While you're in St. Charles, be sure to check out one of my favorite shops, Panache. Started in 1998 by our friend and customer, interior designer Cheryl Herman, Panache was originally envisioned as a home store offering design services. However, customers were soon begging Cheryl to also carry clothes, because they loved her wonderful, Bohemian style. Panache has since evolved into a lifestyle store, offering home accessories, antiques, clothing, jewelry and more.

"My customer age group is broad," said Cheryl. "I once had a woman who was in her 80s buy a hip, Free People jacket. She was in the store with her daughter, granddaughter and great-granddaughter. It was cool; four generations and they all encouraged her to purchase the jacket. She was awesome."

Cheryl added that her bestsellers include antiques, handmades, Sid Dickens tiles, rugs and lighting. New for spring will be organic textiles, earthy colors, texture, vintage jewelry and interesting lights.

"I think my boutique is different because it incorporates interior design with apparel and accessories. It has an eclectic feel, mixing rustic with elegance. 'Panache' means 'elegance and style' in French!"

Panache is located at 210 Cedar Avenue; telephone 630-587-1090. Winter hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 to 5.

Editor's note: Joe and I would love to be able to visit more of our customers' shops, but the timing of shows often makes it difficult. But we're happy to try and work something out if you're interested. Just let us know! xo

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