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Friday, September 15, 2006

Shopper’s Spot

Sunny Sistems- The Gallery- Gandhi Nagar Adyar
Unique affordable art, paintings, sculpture, prints. The artists may not be well known but the paintings can be picked up for their sheer beauty and put-up-ability. My favourites- A wooden carving of hounds, painting on ancient parchment, a collage art using industrial metals, glue etc, a series of paintings that depict Laxmi, Saraswati and other Hindu Gods using symbolisms

Design Store, Alwarpet
Furniture, artifacts, bamboo, jute, wooden decorative stuff, limited collection of Madhubani paintings, cushions, scarves

Currimbhoy’s, Adyar
You can find all types of crockery here starting from cups & glasses to cooking vessels & cutlery organisers

Anmol Palace, Ispahani Centre, Nungambakkam
Affordable fashion jewelry in silver, 1gram gold and other metals, funky watches. The designs are unique and don’t get repeated often.

Stone & Strings
You can find the counters in Lifestyle, shopper’s stop, Odyssey, SriLankan TradeCentre- Spencer’s Mall, 3rd Phase- Fashion jewelry especially in precious & semi-precious stones, pearl etc, also cuff links & Tie pins

Sixth Sense Gallery, Adyar
Gift items like Artificial flowers, Pot pourri, candles, ceramic, photo frames, vases, paintings- even though you may not get very affordable stuff but the atmosphere is quite relaxing and feel good factor is great

Odyssey, Adyar
Books, CDs, Gift items, perfumes, even paintings. The new store has a very spacious layout, 3-level shopping experience and valet parking too.

Pebbles Besant Nagar
Books, CDs, Gift items

Titanic, Ispahani Centre, Nungambakkam (also in Pondicherry)
Export surplus western wear for men, women and kids. All depends on your luck. Sometimes there wouldn’t be a good stock of stuff. Average price of shirt/ ladies’ top- Rs 250-350.

Fashion Folks, Adyar, Chennai
Export surplus western wear for men, women, kids, shoes, bags, leather coats.

Clothes Encounters, Khader Nawaz Khan Road, Nungambakkam
Export surplus western wear but not very cheap- makes sense to wait for the sale that usually happens twice a year.

Dollars & Pounds, Adyar- Gandhi Nagar & Sardar Patel road

Export surplus men’s wear. The new store at Sardar Patel road is huge- some say the quality has gone down after that but its up to the shoppers to explore and find out for themselves

Kataria’s, Cathedral Road
Designer saris in georgette, crepe, chiffon. Wide range in terms of price – use their catalogue- you will get a better idea of how the sari looks when draped- extremely good service

Gotewaala, Cathedral Road
Georgettes, Crepes, Chiffons, cottons – sari, lehenga, salwar-suits- collection is good but the prices on the higher side

Manmandir , Khader Nawaz Khan Road, Nungambakkam
Unique designer Saris- you can shop according to the budget you have rather than sleect and then ask for the price. Chiffons, Georgettes, Crepes again

Soles, Khader Nawaz Khan Road, Nungambakkam
Ladies’ footwear- you can find a good range of office wearable footwear here and you will definitely get something that you like

Kobblerr, Alwarpet
Footwear – again a good range of casual/ office footwear but I have not yet explored it well

Trendy, Spencer’s Mall, 3rd Phase
Wide range of footwear, especially for weddings

Mochi, Chennai City Centre
Trendy, jeweled footwear, the kind that gets advertised in Femina

Modskins, Gandhi Nagar, Adyar
You will find leather bags here – can buy incase you are looking for casual office use and not in a mood to spend lots- may not find good stuff always

Jang Leather Planet, Besant Nagar
Not yet explored but the print ads in Femina indicates that it’s a hip place.

Witco- Adyar, T Nagar
Bags only- luggage, handbags, toilet kits, wallets

Casablanca, Pondicherry
Auroville aromatherapy candles, agarbatti, women’s wear, International label men’s wear, sunglasses, Hidesign label leather goods, junk jewelry, shoes, silk shawls, scarves, cushion covers, bedspreads, curtain, cutlery, ceramic cups, mugs, vases, kid’s stuff. You have a mini outlet in Ispahani centre Chennai – but it does not have a great range


artnavy said...

You may find these interesting as well-

Victoria Technical Institue, Mount Road- old world charm, really nice crochet and affordable cottage emporium stuff

Second hand furniture shop- Near Shri Mithai, Chetpet- can sometimes buy a good antique and get it restored

Shanti's in Indira Nagar, Adyar for kiddy clothes( Mumbai Dadar style) and diapers

Nararyana Pearls in Adyar and Kasi Arcade, T Nagar for their nice enamel work stuff

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@ said...

thanks, I've bookmarked this to use during my next visit

the_outsider said...

I'm sure this list will be very useful since I'm not very familiar with Chennai.
I only hope I will be able to keep a link to it so that i can find it when I want.

Rohini said...

I went to Ispahani Plaza the last time around but it was 7.45 by the time I got there was a leather accessories shop called Calonge which was REALLY expensive!

itchingtowrite said...

visitor-thanks will try that next time
art- victoria is definitely interesting & so is narayana pearls
@, outsider- will help u to track the places if needed
rohini- calonge is quite expensive- but their collection is quite different from ordinary- they have shoes to match with their bags

The Inquisitive Akka said...

Moral of the story- Adyar rocks :)
Thus spake an ex resident of Gandhinagar :)

Hip Grandma said...

That was an exhaustive list. Thanks

Has to be me said...

yup this is the one! Managed 2 get the same! Thnx...this will surely be a lot useful 4 shoppping whilst in Chennai! :) do gimme more shopping tips if u've any! Cos im feeling rather lost in my own city as i;ve been away fr quite sometime! :)

vanilla said...

have you heard of vanilla children place!! this place is a space for all.
if you are looking for a wifi cafe and nice cappucino or good food, they have it. If you are looking for a place for your children to play or to go in for workshops they have it, they have workshops for mothers too..
you can shop in their store too... the y have exclusive childrens furniture and furnishings and accessories and they customise it too. it is a faboulous place to be in.

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