Bop to Tottom, one of my favorite little shops in Uptown Kingston, got a bit bigger a couple of months ago by expanding into the space next door. Now there’s more elbow room to poke around among the fun, colorful, international merch, which is a mix of clothing, bags, jewelry, gifts, kid’s stuff and home accessories. I stop in for the Pumpkin Patch goat-milk soap and soy candles, and on my last visit I was tempted to get some zen-inducing Tranquility table chimes for my desk — a particularly zen-free zone lately. You’ll also find vases, lamps, lanterns, totes, mosaic-tiled mirrors, cutting boards, mugs and bird feeders.
There’s not much call for red, sky-high stiletto-heeled shoes in my life, but a girl can dream — a Manolo Blahnik-style bottle stopper is almost as much fun and, at twelve bucks, about $700 cheaper. Speaking of cheap, everything in the store is well-priced. Owner Karen Clark-Adin, whose taste runs to quirky without sacrificing quality, keeps prices low.