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Coral Springs shop Dandelion stocks gifts, home accessories


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What: Dandelion

Where: 4675 N. University Dr., Coral Springs

Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays to Saturdays; noon to 5 Sundays

Contact: 954-752-3008

Special to The Miami Herald

A hefty, table-top sculptural piece that’s a replica of a Monopoly shoe is among the home décor items on display at Dandelion, a shop in Coral Springs.

The gift shop was launched last year by Jo-Ann Orlando and Laura Rode. The women, who met when their kindergarten-age sons were enrolled in a karate program, broadened their relationship from friends to business partners.

To set the stage for displaying glass platters, sculptural serving pieces and other decorative home accessories, the women outfitted their shop with a non-matching assortment of furniture. A picnic table, sideboards, wall units and a hutch are part of the pack. Six chandeliers hang from a high ceiling painted in a rich eggplant hue.

With soft jazz music in the background, shoppers browse, often for gift ideas, sometimes for items to add pizzazz to their own homes.

To keep the selection rotating and fresh, the owners often stock just a few pieces of a particular item. “We try to mix it up,” Orlando said. “We’re trying to find a little something different for everyone.”

The price range stretches from $2.50 for kitchen magnets to $600 for a hand-painted, double-shade table lamp featuring a pattern of golden and beige stripes. The assortment of items that fit between those price points includes bottle openers with tennis racquet handles, a postage stamp dispenser that looks like a mini postal truck and salad bowls with built-in serving forks that pull out like puzzle pieces.

Items from local artists are featured in the mix, including message boards made from wine corks, $30, and handpainted wine glasses, $19.95. That big Monopoly shoe? It’s $130.

When on buying excursions, Orlando and Rode realized they shared a similar design sensibility. That works quite nicely for the friendship. But then, they also need to scout out items that suit other tastes.

“We both point to the same exact thing,’’ Orlando said. “We buy that — plus what’s on either side of it’

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