South of the Border |

Andrea Clark - Style Council

- April 26, 2017

"For 27 years, ¡Mira! (101 W. Marcy) has provided an abundance of apparel and gifts that skew toward a Mexican and Mexican-inspired flavor. Owner Kathy Mahone took over the helm from the original owner four years ago and says that choosing the merchandise is a labor of love. The word she favors for the store’s aesthetic is whimsy, and claims that ¡Mira! is a state of mind. “If it makes me smile I’m drawn to it and think my customers will be too.” Labor intensive wooden hearts decorated with hundreds of hand-nailed milagros are quite popular and come in three sizes. These folk art creations ($46 - $128) are the work of artisans in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Blank cards that feature embellished El Dia de Los Muertos-inspired images are a perfect “gracias” for a party host ($6). And vibrant multicolor Mexican papel picado banners (cut outs in paper or plastic) are an ideal way to decorate for the celebration as well."

Special thanks to Andrea Clark for writing a beautiful piece about Mira!