HERE AND NOW
Burlap Born Again
New local boutiques, businesses and
brands you may not know — but should.
By Lynne Konstantin
eresa Rogers loves coffee.
She also has a lot of respect for the Earth and all it
provides, and feels it's important to do her part (and
help others) to give back and take care of the world.
Although the former electrologist had no training in
design or sewing, the Royal Oak native and longtime
Brighton resident dabbles in painting and photography,
and has always harbored a passion for textiles.
"The richness of colors, the textures, along with the
durability and ease of manipulation — you can twist it
and fold it, layer it, whatever you want7Rogers says."It's all
very appealing to me'
She also surrounds herself with creativity whenever
possible. Case in point: Her husband, Mike, often reclaims
barn wood, vintage hardware and other metal scraps and
transforms them into bird feeders and houses under the
name Deeder Lane Habitats; and her 13-year-old son,
Dylan, says Rogers,"is an up-and-coming graffiti artist:'
In 2008, Rogers and a girlfriend were perusing a Fern-
dale street fair, where many of the vendors offered green
and recycled pieces. It started her thinking.
Over a cup of coffee, of course, she noticed the graphic
designs and brilliant colors emblazoned across green
coffee-bean burlap bags.
"I loved the idea of using these bags to make other
useful bags, and the concept of old into new,"she says.
She also happens to prefer bags over purses (the more
original, fun and functional, the better).
Rogers began to draw up ideas of styles, including other
repurposed materials in her designs, and soon launched
Burlap Boutique, offering her handcrafted, one-of-a-kind
bags and pillows from recycled coffee-bean burlap (or
jute) bags from local coffee
roasters, including Mighty
Good Coffee, Great Lakes
Coffee Roasting Co. and Java
Digging out her never-
before-used sewing machine
and asking her expert seam-
stress mom for some pointers,
Rogers has remained involved
in every aspect of her business,
from hand-picking uniquely
designed burlap sacks to hand
appliqueing every vintage
button, fabric flower and strap
(all made from repurposed
remnants). Inherently durable
and rugged, Burlap Boutique's
bags are all-purpose — beach,
baby, market and more."There
is a style and a size for every-
"They are eco-friendly but
urban chic7Rogers adds."They have an earthy appeal, but
are also sophisticated. And they are always fun!"
Burlap Boutique bags range in price from $25-$148.
In addition to local art fairs, Burlap Boutique bags and
pillows are available at Found, Ann Arbor; Artisan's Bench,
Brighton; and Espresso Elevado, Plymouth. Look for up-
coming holiday events at the Birmingham-Bloomfield Art
Center Holiday Shop, Leon & Lulu Artists' Market, Clawson,
Our favorite shopping picks for women,
men, kids, the home and more.
By Lynne Konstantin
arm the indoors with these autumnal
tones and treats.
Let the warm and
cheery vines of this
TABLE LINEN ($228)
climb along your
Melbourne by textile
artists Bonnie & Neil,
it is woven from
natural fibers grown
in Eastern Europe.
Available online only
at anthropologie.com .
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Illuminate your holiday
TEALIGHT HOLDERS ($4.95
each), available in cranberry,
copper and amber (shown).
Available at area Sur La Table
stores (surlata ble.com ).
Made of terra-cotta with
a gold-painted finish, this
GOLD DAMASK PUMPKIN
($129) is Pottery Barn's take on
Cinderella's carriage. Available
at area Pottery Barn stores
For something that tastes as rich, smooth
and creamy as pumpkin pie, yet has no eggs
or cream (i.e.: no fat): It's a Thanksgiving
miracle! Serve TRADER JOE'S PUMPKIN
BUTTER ($2.29) atop anything from biscuits
to ice cream to ravioli. Available at area
Trader Joe's stores (traderjoes.com ).
The ribbon cutting at BoConcept
new place to shop: Urban
Danish designer BoConcept
has now opened in downtown
Birmingham, the first of its brand
in Michigan. Designs feature clean,
pure lines and are minimalist and
modern. Most everything in the
store can be customized in terms of
color, style and material. BoConcept
is located at 670 S. Old Woodward
in Birmingham. For more informa-
tion, call (248) 792-6331 or visit
www.BoConcept.us ... New places
to eat: Kalamata Greek Res-
taurant has now expanded and
opened a new location at 32538
Woodward Ave. in Royal Oak. You'll
want to order your gyro"Gangnam
Style." ... Huerto is now open in the
old Big Daddy's location on Orchard
Lake Road in West Bloomfield. Fun
and festive Mexican cuisine and a
huge selection of tequila ... Com-
ing soon: the Adventure Park at
the JCC in West Bloomfield is due
to open in March. Watch the JN for
upcoming ads to learn more (get
ready to climb!). You're not going
to want to miss it ... Fun things to
do: On Friday, Nov. 8, at Farmer
John's Greenhouse (26950 Hag-
gerty Road, Farmington Hills), from
6:30-10 p.m., enjoy a fabulous night
out with a variety of appetizer foods
and desserts from local restaurants.
Sample local and international
wines and learn a bit about tra-
ditional and modern art with the
opportunity to buy it. Tickets are
$35 in advance
and $45 at
the door. Buy
tickets at Farmer
projects ... On
Sunday, Nov. 3, head out to Detroit's
Belle Isle and try out a new 18-hole
disc golf course organized by Up
In The Air Disc Golf. The course
is good for disc golfers of all skill
levels. Go play! Register at http://