Push Indigo Perfumery's glass front door and a gentle fragrance of peonies, roses and gardenias touches your nose while a hint of sparkle catches your eyes. Windows twinkle with strands of crystal. A silver ceiling shimmers in the light of a chandelier. And the shop's true beauties — nearly 100 bottles of perfume — glint against glass shelves. Owner Ann Onusko collects the Lakewood boutique's scents from 19 local and global perfumers, even scouring London, Paris and Rome for fragrances you won't find in department stores. She's discovered favorites close to home, too, in local brands Yates Apothecary and Platinum J. "I've always searched out the perfume shops," says Onusko, whose passion for perfumes bloomed while gardening beside her flower-loving grandfather as a child. "It just became a part of me." Each hand-selected scent inside the 950-square-foot shop, which opened in October, speaks to a different personality. The Phoenicia line ($85-$110 for 15-milliliter bottles) with notes of cognac, wood and hay calls to outdoor adventurists, while the incense intense collection from Maria Candida Gentile ($165-$185 for 100-milliliter bottles) resonates with introspective individuals. The discovery of a personal favorite can take just a few spritzes, while some customers take home samples and return to the store several times. Either way, Onusko wants customers to feel involved in the process. "[I want] people who appreciate perfume, appreciate fragrance, to be able to have a place to come to talk about it," says Onusko. "I want to be able to show people that perfume is an art."
When You Go: Indigo Perfumery 12011 Detroit Ave., Lakewood, 216-767-5563, indigoperfumery.com
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