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Looking for the perfect cocktail ring? Odds are it’s waiting for you at À bientôt (2501 River Oaks Blvd.) in the expansive jewelry selection along with shoes, bags and clothing. If the ring you’re after is of the engagement variety, stop in at Reiner’s Fine Jewelry (2210 Westheimer), which started in 1918 in New Orleans, but has been in Houston 69 years. Gemologist Steven Reiner says the halo design is popular but he will do whatever design the customer wants.
A good book is always within reach at River Oaks Books (3270 Westheimer), where co-owner and former journalist Jeanne Jard will give you coffee and a cookie to boot. A piano is a bigger investment, but those in the market should check out Steinway Piano Gallery of Houston (2001 W. Gray St.), where prices range from $5,000 to $150,000.
Find out what the interior designers already know by visiting Carol Piper Rugs (1809 W. Gray St.), where you can pick up a high-end antique carpet or a new rug, maybe from the store line made in India and Nepal.
At Area (3735 Westheimer), the customer service is a standout as is the eclectic mix of home furnishings. If it’s you who needs refurbishment, head no further than Sid Mashburn (2515 River Oaks Blvd.), where the apparel and accessories are just as swanky as the zip code.