Background on Just Fabulous:
Owner Stephen Monkarsh is a former Los Angeles attorney who grew up in Beverly Hills and started visiting Palm Springs when he was 5. He says he loves the quieter village atmosphere of the Desert. In 2007, he opened his own shop here in the Uptown Art and Design District and tripled its size in 2010.
Books, Gifts, and More:
In addition to books and greeting cards, there's a wide range of gifts, home and garden decor, and holiday and children's items. Naturally, much of the merchandise has a distinctly Palm Springs flavor. Monkarsh carries works by local artists and artisans and is always on the lookout for books and other merchandise devoted to the Modernist architecture and design that Palms Springs is famous for. On a lighter note, you can also find a Golden Girls Monopoly game, inflatable pool drink holders in every shape imaginable, and flamingo tea lights.
There's no shortage of Hollywood glamour either. The store calendar is filled with special events and book signings. A short list of some of the visiting celebrities has included Anne Rice, Jackie Collins, David Sedaris, Lily Tomlin, Tippi Hedren, Barbara Sinatra, Stefanie Powers, Dionne Warwick, Tab Hunter, Armistead Maupin, Barbara Eden, Adrienne Barbeau, and Loretta Swit.
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