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Foreign Accents

You can think globally and buy locally at these shops, which offer beautiful home accessories from all over the world

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Jenny Wonderling calls her High Falls store, Nectar, “a feast for the senses.” It’s certainly a visual feast, with colorful objects from India, Africa, and Asia ranging from candles and inexpensive accessories to Algerian beaded doors, garden statuary, Bedouin rugs, and cabinets intricately inlaid with camel bone. You can walk around the store five times and discover something new on each circuit, then cross the street and see more (including a gorgeous nickel-silver soaking tub) in the outpost opposite.

Wonderling, whose career includes stints in the restaurant biz and as a writer, opened the shop in late 2005 after a friend came back from India with a load of merchandise and no plan of what to do with it. “It was timing,” says Wonderling, who had been contemplating starting a business of some sort. “The space was available, and the stuff wasn’t like anything being sold in shops nearby.”

It was also serendipity. “I studied anthropology, and I was always interested in world culture, so this is a good excuse to travel,” she says with a laugh. “And I love that so much of what I buy is fair trade; that’s an important ethical side.”

Don’t miss the back room devoted to organic, hand-blended teas and accoutrements. “The tea business is alive and well,” declares Wonderling, who may serve you a cup. “Foreign as it is,” she remarks of her inventory, “it attracts every type of person, every age. People are starving for texture, things that are handmade. We’ve gone so far in the other direction.”
 

Nectar
1412 Rte. 213, High Falls
845-687-2870

 

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