It’s seldom I go to a store and want to buy just about everything. A notable exception is The Bazaar Project in its expanded new home , the newest addition to Coconut Grove Shops. The owner, sourcer and person of exquisite taste is Yeliz Tetiz, who travels the world discovering contemporary treasures in home décor, men and women’s fashion, and jewelry. It’s best described as a Concept Store. Sharing the space with the retail offerings is an inviting café with tropical flair that opens onto the street. Though just open for two months, it’s already a hot ticket. Expect Yeliz’s stylish touches, even in the café. A coffee is not just a coffee. It’s served on a silver tray with a piece of Turkish delight candy. Order a glass of wine or cocktail and it comes with a dish of nibbles.
Yeliz came to open her own retail shop which used to be in Buena Vista from the fashion industry, where she sourced fabrics and clothing for companies including Perry Ellis International. Her parents have textile factories in her native Turkey so she grew up knowing what makes for quality.
She sources her merchandise from countries ranging from France, Italy and Belgium to Sweden and Turkey, and also has her own designs. In the area of home décor, standouts include the colorful statement barstools and folding chairs from Seletti;
acrylic tableware in gemstone colors that to the eye look like crystal from Mario Luca Giusti of Florence; glassware and porcelain collage style plates from Seletti; and Cote Noir silk flower diffusers.
In the area of fashion I particularly liked men’s bathing suits and linen shirts from Rio de Janeiro; suede mocassins for men;
long flowing dresses in handsome fabrics from France; and the accessories. Yeliz designs much of the jewelry, including handsome enamel and stone rings and bracelets that reminded me of Verdura, and trendy ebony models. Find both costume and 14 Karat jewelry.
Need a baby present? I loved the soft cotton baby blankets embroidered by Yeliz’s sister in law which come with a matching fabric toy, or hand painted bamboo plates and cups in colorful designs. There are also the requisite coffee table books, stationery, candles, table décor, pillows, and of course, finest quality Turkish towels and bathrobes.
The café is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. and features table and bar seating. Everything is prepared on site.
The Bazaar Project, 2990 McFarlane Road, Coconut Grove (T.786-703-6154).