Our Kaka’ako is an area in the heart of Honolulu that spans nine city blocks and is serving as a hub and incubator for creativity, art, entrepreneurs and chefs. Murals grace the sides of old buildings while pop-up eateries and independent home boutiques tempt you from the street level.
On a recent visit to Oahu my sister Gabi was eager to share one of her favorite new Kaka’ako finds, Quince. Her exact words – “it’s so you, thought of you immediately and know you’ll love everything”.
We walked in to the cozy shop space filled with fun paper goods and colorful home accessories. Gabi was right, I was HOME and adored everything. However, the happiest surprise was when I spotted the proprietor, my friend Marissa!
Marissa Selders (Dang), her brother Chris, his wife Cherie and I played tennis together on Oahu in women’s and mixed doubles leagues. I’ve always enjoyed chatting with Marissa who is artistic with great taste. A Punahou graduate who attended Georgetown University, Parsons and Chaminade studying art and design, she’s dipped her talents into fashion with handpainted dresses in a past venture, Poppy Dress. Now she’s directing her creative energy into interior design, space planning and her home boutique, Quince.
Quince is filled with colorful and modern paper goods, gift items, home accessories, books and jewelry. Her selections appeal to those that love their functional pieces to also have a sense of humor and a dash of quirkiness. Price points are reasonable and it’s one of those shops with an assortment so well edited, you won’t want to leave until you’ve seen every last bit.
The above product shots are via Quince’s instagram feed. I can’t wait to see her current stock on my next Honolulu hop skip!
Quince has recently moved to a different space in the same area and will be celebrating their grand re-opening tomorrow, March 21st from 5 to 8 pm.
Visit the Quince site for more links and info here.