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Catching Fireflies

 

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"Emerald Dragonfly treated the space as a gallery--you know: white space; picture; white space; picture," McCrumb says. With exuberant, sweeping gestures, she strides swiftly around her shop, showing how there's hardly any white to be seen, except for a Honeymooners-era sink/stove unit that demarcates the "kitchen" area of the gift shop.

Entering Catching Fireflies is kind of like walking through a life-sized fairy door: dazzling bursts and puffs of color and texture in every direction. "Whimsical" is a word McCrumb uses a lot to describe the tone--that and "clever." In the kitchen she points out fish-shaped GurglePots: "they go gloop, gloop, gloop, gloop when you pour."

"Ironic" isn't one of her own words, but Seinfeld lovers might note that Kramer's coffee table book about coffee tables (see season five) would be at home here: Fireflies carries some casually self-referential merchandise, like a zipper pouch made out of zippers, and a pill container shaped like a giant capsule.

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