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New York - Dwellstudio is opening its first flagship store in New York's Soho neighborhood in early May, the company announced.

The store will be located at 77 Wooster St. near design and fashion brands The Rug Company, Chanel and Tiffany, and will extend the design stretch of Wooster that houses Desiron, Dune, Cappanelli and Room & Board.

The Dwellstudio flagship store will offer a stylish mix of items for the modern family home, all curated from the point of view of founder Christiane Lemieux. The store will carry bedding, artwork, furniture, rugs, home accessories, tabletop and vintage/found objects, offer full-service custom design services, and present an expansive collection of Robert Allen fabrics.

The design of the Dwellstudio store is a partnership with architects Will Meyer and Gray Davis of Meyer Davis Studio, chosen for "their in-depth understanding of Dwellstudio's mantra of making elevated modern design blend beautifully into a livable environment," according to the company. In New York, Meyer Davis has designed stores for John Varvatos, Oscar de la Renta, restaurants Locanda Verde, Bouqeria and Mas Farmhouse, as well as Dwellstudio's main offices and the residence of Lemieux and her husband and business partner, Joshua Young.

New York - Ankasa announced it is opening a new flagship location in Soho, at 424 Broome St., this spring.

The brand, launched in 2007 by Sachin and Babi Ahluwalia, is best known for its detailed home décor textiles, fine luxury bedding and embroidery techniques steeped in tradition and modern elegance.

Ankasa's designers stayed true to the loft-like architecture of the space while achieving the aesthetic of the brand by creating vignettes within the store that appeal to both experienced designers and new artists alike, according to a company statement. The store, the brand's largest to date, highlights Ankasa's signature with elements of a warm, ethereal color palette, antiqued mirror and distressed wood.

The new location will feature a significant expansion of furniture and accessories, a private design lounge, and a custom pillow bar where customers may choose from Ankasa's archive of thousands of pillow styles and recolor the base cloth, thread work, cording, sequins and leather.

Chicago - Chiasso recently opened at 108 Skokie Blvd. in Wilmette, near Old Orchard mall. Chiasso features modern and contemporary home furnishings and accessories.

Washington, D.C. - Jonathan Adler is opening a new store in Georgetown, at 1267 Wisconsin Ave. N.W. The store will open in July.

Murfreesboro, Tenn. - Old Time Pottery announced plans to open a 95,000-sq.-ft. store in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., in May, and a 65,000-sq.-ft. store in New Port Richey, Fla., in June. The New Port Richey store will be Old Time Pottery's second Tampa Bay area location. "We had a great 2011 and we are excited to get back to opening stores and growing the company," said Scott Peterson, president and CEO, Old Time Pottery. "We are off to a great start to 2012 and we are ready for expansion." Old Time Pottery plans to open another store in the fall.

New York - Pine Cone Hill opened a new shop-in shop at the Upper West Side location of Gracious Home.

Berkeley, Calif. - Lifestyle store Therapy opened a new store at 2951 College Avenue. Therapy is an eight-store chain that sells clothing, home décor and gifts in stores in San Francisco and the Bay Area.

Miami - Giorgio Armani announced the opening of a new Armani/Casa store at 10 N.E. 39th Street in the Design District. Armani/Casa sells home furnishings, decorative accessories, lighting, fabrics and tableware. This is the first Armani/Casa store in Miami, and the third in the United States.

Glens Falls, N.Y. - Home décor and gift shop Downtown Charm relocated into a new location on Glen Street and is expanding its merchandise line to include accent furniture, lamps and decorative accessories.

Wichita, Kan. - Mr. Diggs Dwelling & Co. opened in Old Town Wichita at the corner of First and St. Francis. The 5,500-sq.-ft. shop carries a mix of old and new furniture, home décor, art and lamps. The owner is Annette Shankle.

Washington, D.C. - Yvette Freeman opened Foundry at 1522 U St. NW. The shop is open Thursday through Sunday and carries vintage, antique and new furniture and accessories.

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