Featured Shop - In-Home, ExeterDeep breath. In-Home, 177 Water St., is about to change the way you look at "old" items forever. Drop anchor for at least an hour and browse this scrumptious home décor store and more. Owner Anna Hardy-Evans has an eye for unique pieces that can be "re-found, re-furbished and redesigned." Wow items include a console table made from an old church candle offering table, a mirror framed with old telephone keys and another mirror made from a bicycle wheel, chain and spokes. Handbags made of seat belts and bracelets from old metal tape measures are laugh-out-loud fun. Hardy-Evans is an artistic juggler who runs the store, does her own re-furbishing and keeps a list of clients that keeps growing. This is one store that is irresistible and most difficult to leave.What's NewForever YoungCelebrate your natural beauty and quit your back-to-school pity party. It is time to indulge in a new you. Forever Young, a distinctive beauty store, 159 Water St., is the place for some of the most treasured lines of all-natural mineral make up including Jane Iredale, Bare Minerals and GloMinerals. Got a hot date? Pucker up with a delicious tube of Buxom Lips ($18) for "pout-plumping perfection." Frowning for a facial? G. Skin Therapy, just inside Forever Young, is where you'll find licensed clinical esthetician Glenda Englebach, who caters to both men and women. Appointments here are simply a must (997-6237). Englebach is in high demand, especially for post-surgical clientele.The WillowFor the "sophisticated shopper" (aren't we all?) The Willow, essentials for home, garden and friends, 183 Water St., is just plucky. You'll find a lovely collection of spreaders and cocktail napkins along with beautifully stitched hand towels for the perfect thinking-of-you gift. Best find? The subtle lobster motif table runners ($94) by Maine designer Leslie Evans that are oh so handsome and rich. Or consider the oversize enamel on metal cherries to add a spark of color in the kitchen.Street Smarts"Glee" yourself a favor and perk up your figure with a pair of Rock Revival Jeans ($148) from Ablaze, 115 Water St. For trendy, timeless and dressy pop into Luna Chics, 131 Water St., for Free People dresses which are perfect for meeting someone special (Steven Tyler does spend time in Sunapee!). Oh, one more reason to love Exeter? Get this, free parking for the first two hours.Ooh la la.
This article appears in the September 2011 issue of New Hampshire Magazine