Ask Katherine Shenaman why she chose “Callidus” as her new boutique’s name and she’ll tell you she “just fell in love” with the Latin word meaning “clever, creative, or sly.” “It’s unique. It’s different. It rolls off the tongue,” Shenaman adds. A gorgeous yellow and white tulip display sits below a Ngala Trading Co. leather chandelier inside the store, which sells home decor and gifts. The boutique on North County Road is attached to Shenaman’s design studio, Katherine Shenaman Interiors. She moved to the famous Paramount Building from Antique Row to open Callidus Palm Beach in winter.
HOSTESS WITH THE MOSTEST
The concept of Callidus Palm Beach is simple. “On the north end of the Island, there aren’t too many shops where people can grab and go,” Shenaman says. “If you need a hostess item and you don’t want to drive all the way to Worth [Avenue], you can come here and grab a small hostess gift, even if it’s a candle or linen tea towels.”
The store blends a mixture of modern, coastal and tropical pieces that can fit the most modern to the most traditional homes.
But there’s more thought behind the store’s inventory than just choosing what’s pretty; as a designer first, Shenaman has curated a selection of items that can be used to complete a home, such as decorative boxes, picture frames, candles, coasters and lamps. Instead of scouring a dozen different stores to find final touches, Callidus Palm Beach is a one-stop shop.
The design guru has spent the last several years traveling and making new connections with designers, many of whom she features inside. Shop bud vases and bowls from Boston ceramicist Jill Rosenwald. The Turkish glass line, Nude, features timeless trays and barware. There are also Coqui Coqui candles from Mexico, which Shenaman became intrigued by for their packing and alluring scents.
Palm Beach favorite Harrison Morgan has partnered with Callidus Palm Beach to sell his limited edition jewelry line, while this fall the boutique will carry Mark Addison’s beloved coffee table book, “Cocktail Chameleon.”
Shenaman’s personal favorites include the Cobra Candlestick collection in rose gold and sterling silver from Danish silversmith Georg Jensen. “I see what he’s doing today, and I think it’s beautiful,” Shenaman says of Jensen’s work. “I think that’s applicable in a modern setting and a traditional setting.”
Additional items for sale include furniture, pillows and blankets, to napkin rings and kitchen accessories. Browse serving essentials like cutting boards, a selection of knives, caviar dishes with horn spoons and decorative water pitchers. There’s even stationary to accompany purchases that are gifts.
Callidus Palm Beach, 139 N. County Road, Ste. 1 and 2; 561.833.4859; calliduspalmbeach.com