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November 12, 2007
Fashion markswomen

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Olivia Coelho (pictured) is definitely doing her part to keep the Sacramento fashion scene alive and thriving. This fashion maven never slows down!

In addition to owning midtown's Olipom boutique (1115 21st St.), she's now partnered with local designer Trisha Rhomberg to open another boutique, Bows and Arrows, which is about four blocks away from Olipom, at 1712 L St.

(By the way, Olivia is also the founder of Sellout/Buyout, a local fashion market and trade show.)

Bows and Arrows opened its stylish doors Nov. 1 in what can only be described as a cavernous space.

It's huge!

Plenty of room for everything from couches to couture (vintage, that is.)

"The new store is a little more upscale (than Olipom)," Olivia says. "We offer fine vintage clothing - and furniture!"

Both men and women will find an eclectic mix of fashions.

Trisha, who has her own fashion line - Pretty Trashy - and Olivia have big plans for Bows and Arrows.

"We are going to start a buy, sell, trade program," Olivia says, "because we want to stockpile good vintage clothing. Sellers won't have to drive all the way to San Francisco to sell their stuff. They can come here."

A walk through the boutique (the word sounds "small" in comparison to the size of the store) yields darling knitted ponchos, a rack of must-have little black dresses and, if you're searching for boots with a real kick, Bows and Arrows puts feet first.

The high, high hot pink boots that we saw in the window (if they're still there) have that "Wow!" factor.

IMG_2966_3.jpgAnd as I said, Olivia and Trisha are now in the furniture business, too (pictured right). "We're carrying a furniture line by Andrew McGeary and Mark Fahey," Olivia says. "Mark used to own a store called Time Bandits. The line is quite beautiful - sort of mid-century modern with a Hotel Regency style from the '60s and '70s."

Oliva certainly has turned things around since a devastating fire in August 2006 destroyed her original Olipom store in midtown. The new store opened a couple of months later, next door to husband Mike Rafter's skateboard shop.

In fact, for those of you who travel on two wheels, Mike and some of his buddies will be putting in a moped shop in the back of Bows and Arrows. There also will be an art gallery in one of the rooms.

I told you it was big!

Bows and Arrows is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week. Check it out!


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