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JTD Designs is worth a look.

FIFTIES' FUN: At JTD.
  • FIFTIES' FUN: At JTD.

JTD Designs is easy to miss — it had been open several months before I noticed it.

And that's unfortunate, because it's a fun little store with prices that won't make your jaw drop. We need more of those.

The store, owned by Tod Durham, is in a small building on Markham Street just east of the Schools for the Blind and Deaf — you've seen the building, but you might not have noticed it's had a new tenant for about six months now.

JTD Designs is a kind of a hodgepodge place. Its specialty is mid-century accessories — there's some furniture, but the emphasis is on extras like lamps and dishware. Some pieces are there on consignment, and there's also some new merchandise — jewelry, Beanpod candles, knit scarves.

My picks: A set of floral metal TV trays, maybe from the 1960s, for $35; a '50s-era telephone bench with brown and orange “atomic”-print upholstery, $45; a pair of '50s lamps with orange paper shades, $125; a new chandelier made with large beads in every color of the rainbow — perfect for a kid's room, $125; and a set of “Platinum Starburst” pattern dinnerware, $250.

The store isn't huge, so it doesn't take forever to see anything — one of those great lunch-hour stops.

Also:

• Add the Sauce Co. to the list of Heights boutiques heading for greener, or at least more western, pastures. Owner Jay Rowland said he'll close his doors on Kavanaugh at the end of April, and hopes to reopen in May at the Pleasant Ridge Town Center. The new, larger store will be called the Kitchen Company, to reflect its growing emphasis on cooking equipment over the gourmet sauces and other prepared foods that were its original mainstay, and Rowland said he'll be offering cooking classes there too. It will also be several miles farther away from Williams-Sonoma — Rowland said that store's later hours and easier parking made it hard for him to compete. Meanwhile, everything in the store is 20 percent to 30 percent off — high-end lines like Wusthof, Le Creuset and All-Clad, plus all those yummy sauces and dip mixes and Brent & Sam's cookies. Nom nom.

• Still no firm opening date for the Promenade at Chenal, but the developers released a partial tenant list last week. (If you're having trouble keeping all the new and planned shopping centers straight, this is the one going up at Chenal and Rahling Road.) No surprises — an unofficial list has been circulating for awhile now. Most are national chains that already have locations at Park Plaza or Midtowne, but there will be a couple of stores new to Arkansas: J. Crew (men's and women's clothing) and bebe (contemporary women's clothing). An Apple store was not on the list, although Apple's web site lists a Promenade store on its job opportunities page. The Promenade's marketing director, Sherry Duggin, said she couldn't comment.

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