Yvette Baron was inspired by her artist daughter experimenting with geometric shapes and designs when she opened Zenthropologi, her shop in downtown Alpharetta, last August. The shops offers original art, clothing, home accent pieces and more featuring Zentangle art — using smaller designs to create a larger image — at the store at 41 Milton Ave.
About three years ago, the Zentangle artwork caught Baron’s eye when she saw her daughter, Amanda, creating the designs, which they decided to have placed on clothing and accessories. The pieces are exclusively available at the store, which also offers tie-dye apparel and other boutique items at various prices.
“I’ve mostly enjoyed that I got to take my daughter’s artwork, put it on clothing and different mediums and watch the response from other people,” Baron said. “I also enjoy the interaction with everyone that comes in.”
The mother-daughter team first sold items at local festivals and after receiving positive feedback from customers, they opened the store. “One of the most common things people say when they come in is — they’ve never seen anything like this; it’s very unique,” Amanda said.
They also promote products from Georgia artists including glass and metalwork from Helen Kemp of Roswell and original fine art by Katie Phillips from the Atlanta area Popular items include earth-inspired jewelry by Asta Mani from Gainesville and giclee prints from Dallas-based artist Manami Lingerfelt.
Baron said she choose the location in downtown Alpharetta because of the growth taking place in the area.
She said opening the store has been a dream that would not have been possible without support for her husband, Bill, and her other daughter, Sarah.
Baron and Amanda said they have formed new relationships in the community. “This has been about more than just making contacts; it’s about making friends and being there for people,” Amanda said. “It’s cool making those connections.”
Sweaters and sweatshirts are 30 percent off through early April and zodiac designs will be available later this spring.