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"I have a very broad business with lots of merchandise at every price. But it has nothing to do with price, it's the aesthetic value that matters."
Who: Sarah Kaplan, owner, Dovecote and decorator
Known For: A boutique filled with stylish merchandise (that's rearranged weekly), which she gathers on buying trips all over including six yearly trips to Paris. The customer with modern, traditional or eclectic (or all of the above) taste can find something to take home from Kaplan's shop.
Up Next: Kaplan's opening a space connected to Dovecote, Dovecote Sixty-Two. She has likened it to a "mini-Barneys" (Kaplan's a former Barneys buyer), and she'll stock it with jewelry from new designers and estate jewelry as well as other luxe findings unavailable so far in Connecticut like Mrs. John L. Strong writing paper.
"We've made people aware of the fact that the bathroom is really a special place in the house."
Who: Barbara Sallick, senior VP designer and co-founder of Waterworks
Known For: Sallick has a strong opinion on the way a bathroom should look—sophisticated, elegant and well-edited. Waterwork's products, presentation and showrooms elevate bathroom design to a new level.
Up Next: "Lots of white, rectangular shapes and beautiful stones," says Sallick. "It's interesting," she adds, "here in Connecticut people want beautiful, clean bathrooms where you almost sense the first thing chosen was the wall material and then the fittings. It's almost like accessorizing a dress."
"We don't create something just to see a certain price point. This is not just selling; this is delivering a beautiful and quality product."
Who: Christopher Peacock, CEO of Christopher Peacock Cabinetry and partner in Peacock & Beale