A chic home store brings French flair to gloomy Washington Street.
Spring is all about new life, and that’s exactly what happens in an otherwise dead shopping mall along East Washington from downtown to Irvington. A former liquor store in the Englewood district houses a French-inspired, neoclassical furniture store, Arabella Home. Owner Francoise Edwards embellished the exterior with fresh black and white paint and softened the edges with flower pots and flower boxes. Inside, soft music drowns out the nearby traffic, the smell of Parisian perfumes tickles the nose, and locally made jewelry by Vernice Davis dazzles the eye. Upholstered furniture anchors the space, which is filled with appealing little chests and bizarre antiques on tables and shelves, which enable a charming treasure hunt for graceful home accessories such as table linen, cloches, candlesticks, individual soup troughs and decorative jugs. Edwards hopes Arabella will grow enough to provide jobs for the community and contribute to the local economy. It’s a dream, as beautiful as the shop itself.