Talking Stock: Portobello Road
At first glance, longtime friends Marina Kalb and Kristina Hare Lyons had it all: two young children apiece, impressive jobs, lovely Brookline homes, and Pilates-toned physiques. But they were missing one thing: a one-stop outlet for all their shopping needs.
“Marina and I wanted a place where we could pull up in our car and, in one go, find a unique hostess gift, a handmade baby present, that perfect little rug, and an orchid,” says Lyons.
Determined to bring bohemian style to their area, the duo held trunk shows in their homes, showcasing wares like Odd Molly clothing and Chan Luu jewelry. A year later, in 2007, they opened Portobello Road in Chestnut Hill, an expansive space filled with fashion and housewares. Eclectic finds include Indian block-print linens from New York–based John Robshaw, Laguiole pearl-handled cutlery from France, and fresh arrangements from local florist Andrea Halliday.
This fall, Kalb and Lyons unveil a second Portobello Road in Dedham’s new Legacy Place. They’ll also introduce in-store events ranging from Lululemon-run yoga classes to shows by up-and-coming local artists. “Style isn’t only about what you wear or how you decorate your home,” Kalb says. “It’s about what you do.”
JOHN ROBSHAW PILLOWS Lyons and Kalb are big fans of Robshaw’s India-sourced handcrafted textiles. Bird pillows, $125–$140 each.
SHAGGY OTTOMAN A sumptuous angora wool footstool adds texture to any room. $780.
AREAWARE CHINA “Each piece is unique in a beautifully off-kilter way,” says Kalb of this Seconds place setting by New York–based Areaware. $145–$160 per piece.
IBRIDE TRAYS A trio of design-minded French siblings, iBride uses recycled wood to create enchanting serving trays. $198 each.
OLIVER + ELSE GUITARS The store’s children’s nook includes these stuffed guitars covered in vintage fabrics. $90 each.