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March 2020- Houston

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DESTINATION ROUND TOP FOR BUZZY ABEJAS BY CATHERINE D. ANSPON. PHOTOGRAPHY CHRIS P. BACHMAN. Lauren Taft & Libby Cagle Beverly Jacomini, Kathy Masterson Alli Page Carla Valencia de Martinez Abejas West Libby Cagle, Lee Ellis with Elvira Shawnna Fatjo, Jenna Stubbe Abejas, Henkel Square, Round Top Jimena Gilabert, Angela Koch Paige Clark Beth Johnson, Mary Lou Marks Carla Valencia goods Patricia Peckinpaugh Griffi th Tye Taft, Sydney Rowan Nancy Braus E xcitement swells w h e n t h e re 's a new biz to town: Abejas boutique, one of Houston's cele- brated retailers of small-batch w o m e n s w e a r, well-edited accessories, jewelry, and fra- grances has opened in the circa-1817 former apothecary at Henkel Square. To celebrate, a late-afternoon-to-eve- ning cocktail went down, with store manager Deb Dergins greeting, as owner Christina Mitchell was on a Paris buying trip. Mitchell, who calls her vibe "Abejas + Santa Fe + Marfa + Sayulita," had all the elements there: Carla Valencia de Martinez and dad, Carlos Valencia popped up a charming showcase of handcrafted embroidery; tequila-fueled ranch water fl owed, and a coterie of 150 Round Top locals and Houston regular turned out. Crafted Eats whipped up beautiful plates, devised by chef Cameron McClung, as golden country oldies played on repeat. COUNTRY COUSINS: Alli Page, Libby Cagle and Lauren Taft, Nancy Braus, Beverly Jacomini, Kathy Masterson, Shawnna Fatjo, Wendy Fatjo, Tye Taft, Patricia Peckinpaugh Griffith, Jimena Gilabert, Margie Christopher, Kristen Christopher, Jenna Stubbe, Becky Jordan, Janie Aucoin, Sydney Rowan, Angela Koch, Paige Clark, Elizabeth England, Molly Neff, Amanda Hellmann, Treva Whitehead, Katie Stavinoha, Beth Johnson, Mary Lou Marks, and Lee Ellis with Ellis Motel mascot Elvira. 114

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