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Summer dresses at Katy K's

Summer dresses at Katy K's

You may associate Katy K's with Western wear or rockabilly accoutrements, but it's also a great place to find a cute little dress (especially if you hate 'cute little dresses'). Katy's has both new and vintage pin-up-worthy dresses that accentuate feminine assets and create instant va-va-voom. The cheeky Fluffer frocks make it easy to unleash your inner sex kitten. Accessorize with cat-eye sunglasses and a plucky pout.

Kitschy-kitschy at The Beat

Since last year, two fabulous vintage stores have opened on Music Row. Musicians, art directors and stylists love The Beat for kitschy collectibles and '70s-style threads. The Beat is stocked with quirky housewares, tchotchkes and gifts, as well as unique jewelry and accessories like these Vegas-inspired shades ($10 each) and this handmade record bag by Queen Bee ($65). The Beat is having an open house with sales, prizes, noshes and music this Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Badass stuff at Stuff

The clothing selection at new vintage store Stuff is small, but well curated. Even tough girls need at least one truly bangin' dress. This hot red halter dress was designed by So Cal brand Lucky 13 with badass vixens in mind. The limited edition guitar-shaped purses by Parcel come with a button that reads "Your band sucks." Stuff also has Lucky 13 for men and will carry some of the new Sailor Jerry line soon.

Brand new: Boomerang

Kimmy Wix opened Boomerang: Finer Thrift this week, realizing his lifelong dream of owning a shop. His store features a carefully chosen, eclectic assortment of gently used furniture, decor, clothing and accessories at very reasonable prices. Boomerang is located in a little house that used to be a notorious "massage parlor." Of course, Kimmy did some major refurbishing (and cleaning). The end result is a stylish, funky shop with oodles of character. Check out Boomerang for the antique and retro treasures and feel free to ask Kimmy for decorative advice. If you're extra nice, he might let you peek at the old parlor's private rooms and two-way mirrors. If only those walls could talk. 2207 8th Ave. S. 385-1004.

Focus on...

KIMMY WIX, owner of Boomerang

What were you doing before Boomerang? "I was a journalist for Country Weekly, Music City News and other country music media for over 15 years."

What's your inspiration? "I've been a collector all my life. People have always said I have a great eye for adding sass and a brand-new life to cool, old things."

Name your favorite items at Boomerang "There's a '50s-style lamp that I love. The glam, black cocktail dresses and heavy, homemade wooden pieces are also favorites."

What's your big picture? "I want the shop to be a 'how to' for mixing used and antique pieces to create a contemporary style. And I hope to be a resource for people who want to affordably update their decor."

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