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Cathy’s Marketplace brings style home

May 11th, 2011

Nadine Kam photos

Cathy Lee, left, with one of her partners in style, Kara Wagner.

Cathy Lee, president and designer of RSVPstyle introduced her latest venture, Cathy’s Marketplace, with a “Style & Substance” benefit for the American Cancer Society.

The event took place May 5 at Cathy’s new furniture emporium on the ground floor of the Varsity Building on University Avenue. It formally opened its doors May 9.

Guests enjoyed aerial acrobatics by Samadhi, music by Tahiti Rey and food from d.k Steakhouse, Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar, Maile’s Thai Bistro, Memoirs, Town and JJ Bistro & French Pastry, in between browsing the shop’s eclectic combination of new and consigned furnishings, home decor and objets d’art.

Cathy’s Marketplace brings RSVPstyle concepts to life in tableaus that mix old and new, giving those who’ve always been afraid of tackling their interior design issues the courage to experiment and create new spaces by blending their own favorite pieces of furniture and objects in new ways.

They welcome gently used, luxury home items on consignment, and more than just a place to shop, aim to make a visit an educational experience, inviting shoppers to stop in at their Style Center to pick up decor tips.

Cathy’s Marketplace is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays to Fridays, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. Call 738-8488. A few pieces can be purchased online at

Models in hair, makeup and clothing by Santuary Salon’s Renee Jensen-Oliviera were there to represent the spirit of the home owner lounging in his/her sanctuary at the end of a long day.

Kaycee Phillips was one of the models enjoying a lychee martini on a chaise lounge.

Mihana Arden also modeled jewelry from Solitaire, a new bridal and estate jewelry concept being introduced by Dale Cripps, below, left, with Meerah and Marco Salem.

I made a beeline straight for Chef DK Kodama’s station because I was told by foodies when I arrived that he was serving his Dungeness Crab Ramen with Asian Truffle Broth, below, one of my favorite dishes at Sansei! It was just as good on the road as in the restaurant, and a good antidote for the cold, rainy evening.

Maile’s Thai Bistro was serving pad Thai along with sizzling basil beef.

Mocha cake was JJ’s dessert contribution.

Meet the other CHAI

May 11th, 2011

Nadine Kam photos
CHAI Studio owner Amerjit Ghag, center, with Leona Komine, left, and Amber Stone.

It can be dangerous talking to people on Twitter. You never know who’s on the other end sometimes. Like once, I was talking to this person I knew like I knew her because there was her name and photo on her avatar. Turned out, she had farmed her twittering out to someone else, who at least had the courtesy to tweet back, “Uh, I’m not …..”

So, when I got an invite to stop by CHAI Studio, I thought it was affiliated with chef Chai Chaowasaree, and tweeted back as if I were speaking to Chai himself. I just thought, “Oh, he’s branching out to retail, houswares and fashion.” In my mind, that made sense because he has a great sense of aesthetics.

Come to find out CHAI Studio is not the work of Chai, but Amerjit Ghag, who worked in fashion design and home staging before deciding to open up shop, with an eye-catching mix of rustic hand-crafted furniture, home decor, pillows, breezy tunics, jewelry and body products. It’s fun to browse and see things that are authentic and have character.

I’d stopped by her boutique before, but the first time I met her was at her CHAI Studio open house May 5, which featured jewelry from local designers as well as the shop’s collection of dramatic pieces from India, plus makeovers and Desserts by T, including milk chocolate-dipped red velvet spheres!

In addition to makeovers being offered by Amber Stone, using Arbonne Pure Swiss Skin Care, and Leona Komine, who specializes in the hybrid nail color Shellac, which combines the best properties of polish and gel, guests could have bindis applied to their foreheads.

Several people at the event also ended up going to the grand opening of Cathy Lee’s Cathy’s Marketplace. You could tell from their bindis where they’d been prior to their late arrival.

Chai Studio is at 675 Auahi St., near the back of the old Comp USA building.

Just a few examples of jewelry offered at Chai Studio, above and below.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie with Michelle Saoit of Palladio M Workshop, left, and Linh Hoang, director of development for Kapiolani Community College.

It wasn’t just women lining up for bindis. Timothy White also got one.

Amerjit with her husband Larry Heim, the gov and his wife Dr. Nancie Caraway.

An enameled necklace in blue.

A small back room is home to larger pieces of furniture.