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Barracuda Bazaar Novelties

Some of my favorite goodies have come from the Avenue.  Barracuda Bazaar stocks my favorite vintage novelties such as Urban Slang Flashcards and notepads of lists of Why I Don't Like You Today...just check the box of the appropriate reason(s)...very handy.  If you get bored with those you can get a Jesus action figure or Band-Aids that look like bacon.  Not really what you had in mind as the perfect gift??  They also carry clothes by local designers and jewelry sure to impress the most gaudy fashion sense.  Envi is another woman's clothing shop that sells local designers' and artists' wares.  It's not on the Avenue but on 25th street.

Envi Ecclectic Clothier
  Plenty to choose from and the prices are not too shabby either. 

A few doors down you'll find the Pyramide Clothier with a selection of Cashminas, funky tights and broomstick skirts.  Hippy indeed.  At the Olive Tree Traders, my friend, Sefwan, sells all sorts of Mediterranean imports from north African soaps to pickled lemons and Turkish coffee sets.  Honestly, I could spend a life's savings in that store on cookware alone.  Not sure if you can handle that new tajine?  Sefwan also carries a whole series of cookbooks with histories and recipes of the Mediterranean region.  (If you click on their site www.olivetreetraders.com, you'll see the tree I drew for them in the lower right.

Charlie & the Chocolate Factory chalk mural
..my first public art!!!  Oh, and John did the site ;)

If you're approaching 25th Street from the west you'll probably notice the chalk drawing on the side of the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory building.  The first drawing I saw on that wall was The Girl with the Pearl Earring by Vermeer and that was in '03 when the Johansson movie came out.  That drawing has since been rinsed away to make way for the detailed mural of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory with Gene Wilder as Wanka.  It's quite extensive and isn't finished.  It has also been "in progress" for a long time now.  I'm almost thinking that it won't ever be "finished" and that is just a part of its beauty.  We'll see. 

Finally an homage to my second place to be in any city-the library.  The Carnegie Library is the oldest branch in Colorado Springs and went through a rigorous renovation this past summer.  The beautiful wood floors and lavish crown mouldings make a person just want to find a spot and read while stealing glances at the architecture.  Ahhh...heaven.

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Barracuda Bazaar Novelties
Barracuda Bazaar Novelties
Envi Ecclectic Clothier
Envi Ecclectic Clothier
Charlie & the Chocolate Factory ch…
Charlie & the Chocolate Factory c…
Detail of C&tCF
Detail of C&tCF
Carnegie Library
Carnegie Library
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photo by: poorogies