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The first of four retailers to fill the University Park Village void that was Barnes & Noble has debuted. Kendra Scott, Austin-based purveyor of all that is good in gold- and silver-plated jewelry, officially opened its doors yesterday. The decidedly feminine boutique features ornate filigree details at the entrance, lucite-handled doors, the requisite chandelier...you get the picture. (Or, click below for more pictures.)
A centerpiece is the popular Color Bar at the back of the store, which allows for customers to create their own jewelry, choosing from 26 different natural and synthetic stones to make pendants, earrings and bracelets via large touch-screen TV or tablet.
- A large touch-screen TV allows patrons to custom-design their own Kendra Scott creations. After a piece of jewelry and stones are chosen, Kendra Scott employees make your design before your eyes—sometimes, in as little as five minutes.
- Business was brisk this morning, with many customers perusing the jewelry. The store actually opened yesterday—a day early.
- Kendra Scott is known for her bright palette and statement pieces.