Posted By: Barbara Beckley Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Be sure to look your best when you stop by The Corridor Palm Springs.  Why? You're likely to run into friends – and maybe even a celebrity. As the gateway to the Palm Springs Uptown Design District, The Corridor is a trendy spot to see and be seen.

Just Fabulous – an irresistible “OMG look at this!” kind of gift boutique and book store – anchors the pueblo style complex at the corner of North Palm Canyon Drive and West Alejo Road. True to its name, the merchandise is, well, just fabulous. Owner Stephen Monkarsh’s talented eye for books, cards and gift items has created a 2,500-square-foot retail experience to “celebrate a fabulous lifestyle and state of mind,” he says. The Jonathan Adler collection of furniture, lighting fixtures, home décor, candles, pet accessories and stationery is among the choice items.

If you’re into books -- Just Fabulous is a must. The extensive collection includes beautiful coffee table books on modern architecture, fashion, Hollywood and European celebrities and Palm Springs vintage history. MoMA, the New York Museum of Modern Art, has selected Just Fabulous as the first and only MoMA Books “Shop in Shop” in the country. This means you have exclusive access to MoMA’s entire collection of books and gifts. You’ll also find limited editions of Paris-based Assouline’s “Impossible Collection” – The Impossible Collection Fashion, The Impossible Collection Cars and The Impossible Collection Jewelry.

Book signing parties – with free-flowing wine and nibbles -- and monthly special events add to the Just Fabulous fun. Celebrity authors have included Anne Rice, Lily Tomlin and Barbara Sinatra. But running into friends and celebs isn’t limited to book signings. The Corridor’s park-like courtyard is a popular gathering spot for Palm Springs regulars, who come to shop, buy a latte at the original Koffi, the local go-to for coffee drinks, and wile away an hour or two on the green. Koffi opened here in 2002 and now has three desert locations.

Cross the courtyard lawn and step into etcetera -- and you don’t know where to look first. “We’re definitely different here,” P.J. Wheeler, the owner of this wonderfully eclectic insider-favorite shop, told me with pride. “We have things from all 50 states and 15 different countries – hand-forged glass boxes from Michigan, hand-crafted chainmail necklaces, candelabras, statues from China, address plates for houses, water fountains, Huichol Indian-style art, jewelry from Sonoma” – and that’s just the beginning. Prices range from $1.25 to $500. Oh yes, Wheeler is likely to be barefoot. Definitely a must-shop.

For well-chosen contemporary home accents and gifts, JILL at The Corridor has exquisite items. The intimate boutique showcases owner Jill Kassinger’s personal taste -- smartly styled small furniture, pillows, pots, casual jewelry, picture frames, ceramic vases, uniquely scented candles and original art – all with a Palm Springs mid-century flair.  


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