By Uvia Chang Translated by Ann Lee
3, Lane 23, MoFan St
Hours: 11 am-8 pm
Paying a visit to Misia's is like going to a flea market somewhere in a European town; although it has limited store space, exquisite and rare items are placed in every corner of the shop, just waiting for you to pick them up and take them home. Their merchandise ranges from second-hand and brand-new furniture and chandeliers to wooden tables and chairs, curtains, shoes, clothing, handbags, porcelain ware, and even an "empress chair". Ms. Kong, the owner, has a background in interior design; a lot of her merchandise is picked up along her various travels or made exclusively for her shop by all kinds of designers. Her family owns a custom furniture factory, so she has a lot of experience in custom work. The interesting part is, a lot of the things you see here are part of the owner's personal collection and not for sale, so a visit to the shop is kind of like a visit to a museum. The store's second floor is full of classes for things like handicrafts and leather carving--you can learn how to make a personal stationery container or a small wallet, for example. You can also take lessons on how to make borage (liquid form) or tie Chinese knots. If you are interested in joining the lessons, just ask at the check-out counter.