I discovered a new boutique on Main Street during Saturday’s Main Event

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    After 18 months of distruptive construction and three store closings, it rained on Bel Air’s Main Street re-opening celebration. It figures. BANV & family went in the late afternoon and strolled the street. It did look great all new and slick with rainwater. There was a good group of folks scattered about. I overheard store owners reporting that they had had a decent crowd throughout the day. So all wasn’t lost. But it sure would have been better with some sunshine. I discovered a brand new boutique that opened up just yesterday in the space vacated by the long-time men’s clothier Hirsch’s Men’s Store. Lavalier opened a little hastily to be there in time for today’s event. The store specializes in casual jewelry and fabric handbags like the cute boiled wool clutch I liked. She also sells those clever signs that say things like Happy Wife. Happy Life. We took that one home and put it on our mantel. I got a chance to see the B. Fabulous Boutique I posted about earlier. Turns out its owned by the folks behind Pink Silhouette. B. Fabulous — which opened in the space Tiger Lily left when it moved across the street — looks to be the slightly more sophisticated older sister. While Pink Silhouette specializes in bright colors and preppy Lily Pulitzer styles, B. Fabulous features subtler styles in more muted colors appropriate for work or a night on the town. I enjoyed the store’s emphasis on black and white accessories and decor set off with a punch of pale green. The thing I like best about Main Street’s stores is that they’re unique and great places to find gifts. You can pop in on your way to a wedding shower or birthday party and the folks who work in the stores can help you find a gift in minutes. At stores like Pink Silhouette and the children’s boutique Tiny Toes, the packaging is so cute, I take the gifts straight to the parties in the shopping bags they came in.