After 16 years at the helm, local artist-entrepreneur Diane Pearl has drawn the curtain on Colecciones, the iconic Ajijic shop at the corner of Calles Ocampo and Colón, where she dealt in an eclectic assortment of hand-crafted merchandise.
But friends, fans and loyal customers will not be disappointed as she reemerges a few weeks hence at a new location with the same stock of goods and plenty of fresh concepts for promoting diverse artistic pursuits.
Pearl expects to reopen for business around May 1 at Calle Santa Margarita 23 in Riberas del Pilar, operating from the private home she has leased and is in the process of adapting as a sales outlet, gallery and art atelier. It is located one block north of the highway, turning off at the corner of Calle San Jorge, by Orma Autopartes, and taking a right at Santa Margarita to head a half-block east.
Thinking about its growth as a thriving commercial corridor, Pearl has pegged Riberas del Pilar as “the new downtown,” where clients find multiple places to shop and dine, minus the congested traffic and scarce parking spaces encountered in central Ajijic.