CLINTON — After a dozen years in business, Ali-Linz Home & Accessories owner Bobbie Paravati is closing up shop and starting a new chapter in her life — retirement.
To celebrate her business and her customers who have become more like “close friends” over the years, Paravati is hosting special liquidation sales until the official closing of her store at 3 W. Park Row at the end of December.
Known for her “distinctive gifts — from tasteful to whimsical” — Ali-Linz has been known as an eclectic store offering unique and unusual gifts in a wide array of prices. Paravati also offered interior design services.
“We carry a beautiful array of candles, a great selection of cocktail napkins and stationery items, and lots of great girlfriend gifts from scarves to handbags and fun slippers, to name a few,” said Paravati.
The shop also offers unique wine stoppers, wine carafs, wine glasses, wine purses, wine bottle carriers and gift tags for wine bottles.
Ali-Linz has also been known to carry needlepoint pillows, Dash and Albert rugs, unique framed antique prints, Sophie Conran dishware by Portmeirion, Vietri dishware from Italy, pewter and ceramic serving pieces from Arte Italica, plus Somersett Bay furniture and farm tables from Canada, along with a variety of antique pieces and a selection of antique and new lamps.
There was also wallpaper by Thibaut, Ralph Lauren, Gramery, Seabrook, Carlisle and Morris, and many others for the interior design business, as well as a variety of fabrics.
“I have enjoyed being a part of such a wonderful community and appreciate all of my loyal customers, many of whom I now consider friends,” Paravati said. “I look forward to seeing you in the coming weeks as we wind down and hope you take advantage of some amazing sales.”
Paravati previously owned and operated Charlotte Grace Interiors on Williams Street and when the space at 3 W. Park Row became available back in 2007, Bobbie and her friend Kim Kershaw, owner of Kim Kershaw Jewelry Design, partnered and merged their businesses and operated them together.
“Unfortunately Kim became terminally ill a few years in, and now I’ve been on my own since 2010,” Paravati said. “Kim and I were great friends, and we had a wonderful time running the business, and it was a great partnership. She is sorely missed.”
As for retirement, Paravati said it “just felt right,” and she’s hoping to spend more time with her two grandchildren, ages 10 and 3 1/2. She also looks forward to doing a little traveling “like maybe a couple weeks in Florida during the winter to get away from the cold,” she laughed. “Otherwise, nothing is really set in stone yet.”
Paravati said she will always appreciate doing business in the village which was so welcoming and supportive of her shop.
“Clinton is an absolutely wonderful community and a great place to do business,” she said. “It’s a charming little village, and I’ve been blessed to do what I love to do — I loved the retail end of it and the customer service end of it.”
Paravati said, “A lot of my customers were wonderful — not just customers, they’re now friends, and the social interaction through the business is what I’ll miss the most. A lot of people come in looking at Hamilton College too, and it was a great way to meet people from all over.”
The store owner said different items will be going on sale throughout the month, and she invites customers to come in routinely to check out what’s in stock.
Customers can “check back weekly, because I’ll continue to discount things that haven’t sold, and all sales are final,” Paravati said.
Sale items will also be posted through the social media sites Facebook and Instagram.