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This is Fred Ball for Zions Bank, Speaking on Business.

Eclectic style in dÈcor is here to stay according to Suzette Eaton and Sheridan Larsen, owners of Hip and Humble, located at 2030 S. 900 E. in Sugarhouse. For three years, Hip and Humble has been a showcase for Suzette and Sheridanís decorating and design. Combinations of vintage furniture, accessories and custom-made pieces fill their shop. The building was originally a mechanicís garage. Suzette and Sheridan told me they literally pulled the mechanicís signs off the wall and pulled up the shag carpeting. It was a lot of work but worth the effort.

The ladies said this is not a place where you come to buy a complete matching furniture set. Their method of design is to combine different elements and different stylesópure eclectic style. For them, the combination of a wrought-iron bed and a wrought-iron beaded lamp atop an old chipped-and-weathered dresser is perfection. At the same time, they try to keep their merchandise more moderately priced. Eaton told me, ìThere are shops that most can not afford to shop in and that is not who we are. We want to make style affordable and we aim to cater to our customers and our community.î

Hip and Humble does strive to be a part of the community that supports them. The ladies have set up tents in the parking lot and served brunch along with classes on flower arranging or drawings for a complete baby shower, which correlated with the introduction of their new childrenís line. Friday, Nov. 1 will be an evening showing of all the new Christmas wreaths, ornaments and accessories. As always, Suzette and Sheridan will serve their trademark hot cookies.

In addition to furniture pieces, Hip and Humble offers fine linens, accessories and some small items you donít normally find in larger furniture stores or mass merchandisersóthings like French milled soaps and imported dishtowels. They are some of the things customers have requested. Suzette and Sheridan said that because their business is small and independent, they can be more responsive to customer needs and requests.

Because of the storeís simple design philosophy and the friendly atmosphere, Hip and Humble has generated a steady following. And judging by that, I suspect it will serve the decorating and gift-giving community for years to come.

For Zions Bank, Iím Fred Ball. Iím speaking on business.

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