Two updates on the local art front

This just in:

Mimosa Gallery is opening a second location in the Downstreet Marketplace on Broadway this week.

The "art for home and wear" gallery is owned by Michelle LaLonde. It opened in the Beekman Street arts district in 2005.

According to a press release announcing the second location, Mimosa is "a destination for contemporary handcrafted pottery, ceramics, jewelry, fiber accessories, glass, fine art, handbags, lotions and soaps."

“There was so much interest in our unique, one-of-a-kind merchandise that I decided to make the store more accessible to pedestrians and visitors from out of town who come to Saratoga Springs to shop,” said LaLonde, who crafts the store's trademark handbags. “The store is a good fit with the other retailers in The Downstreet Marketplace, which sell gifts, clothing, estate jewelry and housewares."

A grand opening is set for 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6. Refreshments, including mimosa-flavored cupcakes from Bettie’s Cakes -- next door to the new Mimosa -- will be served.

An employee named Rebecca called me to say that both stores, unofficially dubbed Mimosa East and Mimosa West, will be open permanently in a year-round capacity.

Store hours are Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. For more information, call 583-1163.

Sorelle Gallery on Phila Street will open an adjunct location within the Shoe Depot on Broadway for the month of December only.

"We have over 500 paintings in inventory, and not enough room to display them," owner Sandra Aldo Pelletier said in an e-mail announcement this morning.

As an incentive for buyers to shop early, discounts on the art start at 25 percent this week through Sunday and gradually decrease throughout the month.

Sorelle hours in the Shoe Depot are: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Monday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. For more information, call the Phila Street shop at 584-0600.


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