“Small and close-knit with a beautiful vibe.” That’s how Helen Bonar describes the neighborhood she moved to 12 years ago with her Scottish husband Niven. Since that time, the couple had two kids—Callum, 11, and Elyse, 9—and last November opened a business just blocks from their house.
BENCH Home (an acronym using each of the family members’ first name initials and the first letter of their surname) sells decor, gifts and furnishings, offers interior decorating services, and recently expanded with an adjacent showroom, outdoor events space and, for those who don’t live nearby, e-commerce options (benchsd.com).
The shop sits within Kensington’s five-block business district along Adams Avenue, the heart of the hood, really, that’s abuzz with people all the time. It’s the street we walk along—and meander slightly off of—to find out where this Alabama transplant shops, eats, drinks and goes when she’s not completely rearranging her shop, which she does frequently.
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