Shopping in Phoenix is so great because there are so many niches that our boutiques fill. The home and garden category is robust, but truly each story is very different. Take Paris Envy, for example, which is situated right on the 7th Avenue Melrose District. At first glance, it carries relics similarly found at some other boutiques, but noticeably higher quality – without the higher prices.
The shop sits in a former home with amazing wood floors, two stories, and fantastic location in between downtown and central Phoenix. Immediately upon entering, there are two things that hit you: amazingly European and amazingly modern. Ther first room feels like something in Anthropologie, with French soaps, their own line of scented candles, clothing, jewelry, kids toys and gifts (also known as the perfect room for gift buying). An adjoining room and the upstairs are filled with fantastic furniture pieces, from bookshelves, Louis XVI chairs, zinc-topped tables, coffee tables out of reclaimed wood, etc.
The difference with Paris Envy is that one of the partners is an amazing carpenter, so he searches high and low for great wood, table legs, chair frames, and more to take to his shop and make into something magical. An electrical engineer by day, he handcrafts the pieces and works at the store. There’s truly something to be said for shaking the hand of the person who made something from nothing.
The home accessories are unique to Paris Envy versus other stores in Phoenix as well; I comb the shops and haven’t found anything like the mirrors, dishes, statues and even vintage bird cages Paris Envy carries. Go for a gift, go for yourself.
4624 N 7th Ave, Phoenix, AZ