A few months ago (when we did the DesignTV chat about the slow home movement on Twitter) a lovely lady named Cait joined in. Afterwards, I went to the link listed on her Twitter bio: High Falls Mercantile. I immediately fell in love. My, such a handsome aesthetic! As it turns out, HFM is a beautiful store in Upstate New York, and Cait is the manager.I dug around the website a bit and low and behold…I knew the owners…from what feels like a different lifetime…many, many moons ago. Back in 1999, when I was a young, wide-eyed, fresh-faced gal who had just arrived in New York City (Keep in mind, this is before Facebook. Heck, it was before I had email!) I met a fine couple named Jeff and Larry.I really hit it off with Larry, we were close in age, and we often had wonderful adventures throughout New York City together. We’d take antiques appraisal seminars at the New York School for Interior Design, we’d eat our way through Manhattan, parties would be thrown, raspberries would be picked right off the bush on their roof and eaten for dessert, expeditions uptown would be taken to stroll through the linen shops of Madison Avenue, and Limoncello would be sipped from the sweetest little crystal glasses that he stumbled upon at the flea.Needless to say, each visit with Jeff and Larry was a visual, tasty, enriching experience for me. Unfortunately, at some point around 9/11 we lost touch. I know that sounds strange in this day and age, but a lot has changed about how people keep in touch in the last ten years. So much time has passed, but I’ve always had a fond feeling and warm spot in my heart for those two. I tell you what, it absolutely skipped a beat when I realized I had stumbled upon their whereabouts. Lost friends, found.I couldn’t be happier to see these two in their element. They have curated such a handsome shop! These are beautiful pieces for the home – a lifestyle store, so to speak – that is a direct reflection of (how I remember) their impeccable aesthetic.Please take a moment to meet my old friends Jeff and Larry – this video introduces you to their store, and the commitment they have to their community. Visit the High Falls Blog, like them on facebook, follow @larryruhl on Twitter. Feel free to view the products that I featured in this post: Hanging Hurricane Bell Jar, Windsor Side Chair, Green Iron Table, Vintage Brass Sconces, Pamela Kline Ticking Sheet Set, Dash and Albert throws and pillows, or browse the High Falls Mercantile website, and start your holiday shopping list! Speaking of which: Want to spruce up the house, or start your holiday shopping? The fine gentlemen of High Falls Mercantile have extended a 15% discount to all ABCD Design readers for the entire month of November. All you have to do is enter ABCD/November at checkout. How fab is that? Not only will you be supporting a mom and pop, bricks and mortar shop, but you’ll save a little money while doing so. Win, win!