With an abundance of vivaciously verdant plants, inspirational imprinted cards, and locally designed wares, Kauai, Hawaii-based Erika Valente’s Jane is a study in coveted collectibles in a warm boutique setting. Named after her youngest daughter, the store opened last summer in Lihue’s Kukui Grove Shopping Center. Punctuated by feminine hues and lush greenery reminiscent of the garden island on which it resides, the boutique boasts a bevy of instantly Instagrammable pieces and gifts you’ll buy with the best intentions of giving them your recipients—before rethinking the whole enterprise and keeping them for yourself.
A digital pioneer of pretty, Valente is one of the few original beauty bloggers: She launched her blog, Makeup Bag, in 2007 before moving from Nevada to Hawaii, where she lived during her high school years. After five years of working for her husband’s popular restaurant franchise, Kalapaki Joe’s, Valente decided to return to her longtime love of beauty and lifestyle paraphernalia and start her own business. Here, Valente chose eight of her favorite items in the store.
This doormat is the perfect way to welcome your guests as they wipe their feet. Every customer wants one!
These Happy Habitat recycled cotton throws are thoughtfully designed in Kansas City and made in the U.S. The weight of the cotton makes them sturdy enough to use as a beach blanket yet cozy enough to curl up on the couch with. I’ve thrown mine in the washer/dryer many times, and it still looks beautiful.
Made-in-Kauai greeting cards, notebooks, and art prints are a great way to keep in touch with family and friends, or as a sweet memento of your time on beautiful Kauai. The artist prints everything here on-island in her studio on the north shore.
Every child who walks in here wants one of these 100% cotton hand-knit dolls. The super-soft yarn and adorable animal faces makes me want them all, too!
Bless Beauty Balm, a silky orange blossom-infused moisturizing balm, is my absolute favorite product in this Kauai-based skincare brand. All the ingredients are hand mixed in small batches here in Kauai, making it feel extra special and luxurious.
Lollia Relax Fragrance
Relax has soft notes of lavender and honey with warm undertones of amber and vanilla. Jane customers love that this unique scent is inviting and feminine without being overly sweet.
Luxurious candles make the perfect hostess, birthday, or “just because” gifts. These ones by LAFCO are fragrant enough to fill the room without being overpowering. The beautiful art glass vessel and 90 hour burn time make them extra special.
Bradley & Lily Fine Stationery
I’ve been obsessed with Bradley & Lily’s letterpress stationery long before I had my own shop. The Honolulu based designer and her husband create all their fine stationery here in Hawaii and practice earth-friendly printing methods. These gorgeous gold foil botanical patterns have a special place in my heart.