Best Place to Get Your Boho-Chic On Miami 2008 - The Little Big Store
Wikipedia (we know, a really reliable source) defines boho-chic as "a style of female fashion drawing on various bohemian and hippie influences." Walking into this kaleidoscopic Commodore Plaza boutique, it's hard not to notice all the groovy gems. Brilliant blue lapis lazuli ($145) and green swirly malachite ($75) pendants sit in glass cases among amber, ocean jasper, and turquoise embellished with twisted silver fixtures by Avi, the store's owner of about 20 years. "I love Coconut Grove," he says, showing us a modern red coral shark tooth he recently designed. "It's a little slice of Europe in Miami." And though the Grove has become significantly less free-spirited (goodbye, Adam's House) and more frat-friendly (hello, Mr. Moe's) in the past few years, this little shop with a big selection keeps the la vie de bohème vibe alive with leather and silver bracelets that boast giant heart clasps for $35 to $38. Other funky finds include charms made out of Israeli coins and what Avi calls "the modern yin and yang" — a sterling silver peace sign over a dog tag ($75). More hip than hippie? The Little Big Store also carries Sass & Bide and True Religion jeans for $75 to $80. Other designer labels include Diane von Furstenberg, Milly, and Twinkle, all at 75 percent off. And if that beautiful Mandalay dress calling to you on a 50-percent-off rack is just a little too big in the bust, Avi will custom-fit it right there. "I hem skirts, cut sleeves, and knot them so they fit tighter," he says. "I just want every woman to walk out of this store feeling beautiful."