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                 By Babatope Babalobi,  who was in Tunis

Special Report

In the year 2012, the United Nations Children’s Fund and World Health Organization announced cheering news that the world has achieved the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) target of halving the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water, three years  in advance of the 2015 MDG deadline.

Titled: Progress on Drinking Water and Sanitation 2012, the report says 89% of the world’s population, or 6.1 billion people, used improved drinking water sources, at the end of 2010. This was one per cent more than the 88% MDG target.

The report was received with excitement globally, but people living in most parts of Africa, received it with mixed reactions as the report did not reflect the reality on the ground. The report itself admitted the fact that global coverage figures mask massive disparities between regions and countries, and within countries.

The truth is that Africa still has the lowest total water supply coverage of any region in the world. Currently about 300 million people in Africa do not have access to safe water and about 313 million have no access to sanitation. Only 61% of the people in sub-Saharan Africa have access to improved water supply sources compared with 90% or more in Latin America and the Caribbean, Northern Africa, and large parts of Asia. Over 40% of all people globally who lack access to drinking water live in sub-Saharan Africa.

According to figures provided by Sering Jallow, Director Water and Sanitation Department& African Water Facility, AfDB, as of 2010, 47.6% of Africans had access to water supply, and 27.9% had access to improved sanitation, but these figures are far below the MDG targets of 70% for water supply, and 62% for sanitation. Only about 16 countries in Africa are on target to meet the MDGs for water while less than 10 are likely to meet the sanitation targets necessitating the need to develop new initiatives to accelerate access.

At the current pace, an African Development Bank (AfDB) study calculated that most sub Saharan African countries will meet access-to-water target of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) only in 2040, and the access-to sanitation target in 2076.

Apart from massive disparities among continents and countries, there are also massive disparities within countries, with most rural areas having the lowest access figures compared to urban areas; yet, most African, about 62% live in rural areas. Access to services is estimated to be 47% for water supply and 44% for sanitation. In view of the low access to WSS services in rural areas, rural populations are burdened to a greater extent by preventable water and sanitation related diseases, suffer great deprivation of women and children from embarking on productive economic activities due to time and efforts used to fetch water. The deprivation also results in low enrolment rate in education. These problems contribute to accentuate poverty in the rural areas.

Challenges of Rural Water supply and Sanitation in Africa

The challenges facing Rural Water supply and Sanitation (RWSS) services in Africa include the following:

  1. Inadequate investment for sustainable service delivery and access.
  2. Poor policy and institutional framework to foster effective and efficient implementation and management of RWSS services.
  3. Lack of human capacity to establish community-managed RWSS services as well as engineering and drilling/construction capacity to deliver WSS facilities.
  4. Inefficient management of Operation and Management of water supply and sanitation services as many facilities have fallen into disrepair due to lack of spare parts and maintenance.
  5. All these scenarios are worsened by water resources variability and scarcity (droughts, population pressure, and environmental degradation) in some countries.

Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Initiative (RWSSI) 

The Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Initiative (RWSSI) is one of the donor led efforts to accelerate access to water and sanitation in Africa and it aims at attaining 66% access to water supply and sanitation by the year 2010,  80% by 2015, and full access by 2025. The African Development Bank Group conceived the RWSSI in 2002 within the framework of the Bank Group’s strategic plan (2003 –2007) and in response to the Africa Water Vision and the UN Millennium Development Goals.

Launched in 2003 by AfDB, it was then adopted by African governments and international development partners as the common Framework for resource mobilization and investment at the First International Conference on Rural Water Supply and Sanitation in Africa, held in Paris in April 2005.

The Initiative has received backing from the international community including the G8 Summit at Evian, the World Panel on Financing Water Infrastructure and the African Ministerial Council on Water (AMCOW) as well as several bilateral donors.

Thus, RWSSI is a joint programme coordinated by the AFDB at the continental level, but financed by many donors, other partners and Regional Member Countries (RMCs)

The overall objective of the RWSSI is to provide access to sustainable water supply and sanitation services to 271 and 295 million people in rural Africa, respectively, to reach the target of 80 percent coverage by 2015.

By its estimates, a total of approximately 270 million rural people will need to be provided with access to improved water supply and about 300 million to sanitation in order to meet the 2015 RWSSI target of 80% access to water supply and sanitation.

This objective of achieving 80% access in 2015 and universal access by 2025 may become a pipe dream as there is a large gap between current financial flows and financial requirements to meet the goals for 2015 and 2025. Annual flows would need to be significantly increased by up to US$1.2 billion to meet the targets. An estimated USD 14.2 bn required to provide water to 271M people and sanitation facilities for 295M people; while the total financial resources required to achieve the 2015 RWSSI targets were estimated at USD14.8 billion.

Other challenges identified in the course of implementing the RWSSI programme include the following:

  1. Entrenching decentralisation: Though many African countries have embarked on the process of devolving responsibilities for water and sanitation services to local authorities, in most cases, decentralization has only been on paper with little practical manifestation. More importantly, there is a need to increase financial flows and transfer authority to local level structures.
  2. Improving supply chains: Existing supply chains managed by governments are weak and most RWSS programs have not incorporated the establishment of privately-driven supply chains. Communities are exposed to very weak supply chains and post-construction support.
  3. Low sanitation coverage: According to the JMP 2010 report, only 6 countries in Africa are likely to meet the sanitation MDG target. Without further political and financial commitment from Governments and development partners, the sanitation situation might actually retrogress on the continent. In most countries the management of sanitation is fragmented and there is no designated budget and institutional home for sanitation provision.
  4. Conflicting financing mechanisms for sanitation: The majority of the RWSS programs finance only community mobilization and training in hygiene education and construction of public sanitation facilities. There is a need for policy guidance on the financing of household sanitation facilities.
  5. Improving Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) frameworks: Despite financial support through a number of RWSS programs for the establishment of M&E systems, most countries are unable to provide reliable data for sector planning and information management.
  6. Weak knowledge dissemination: Best practices and experience from use of innovative technologies are not efficiently shared across the region due to lack of knowledge and information dissemination mechanisms, and thus the benefits of innovative approaches and experiences are often lost.

A study by the African Development Bank (AfDB) concludes on country experiences indicates that increased efficiency in the water and sanitation sector would only be achieved if the following elements are put in place:

  1. Improved sector coordination, with assignment of clear responsibility to one ministry accountable for progress in the achievement of water and sanitation targets;
  2. Increased integration between policy making, planning, budgeting and monitoring and evaluation;
  3. Increased focus on capacity building, especially at the local level, and for all stages of water and sanitation projects – from planning to procurement, to execution, monitoring and maintenance;
  4. Promotion of linkages among stakeholders, including government bodies and donors, and civil society organizations.
  5. Adoption of well-designed water utility reforms are substantially improving access to services and making progress in financial capacity to sustain and expand the services.

The RWSSI hopes to accelerate access to sustainable RWSS in Africa through:

  1. Awareness raising;
  2. Beneficiary participation;
  3. Adoption of fast track mechanisms;
  4. Using demand driven programmatic approaches;
  5. Raising the profile of sanitation;
  6. Emphasis on capacity building; and
  7. Mobilization of more funds from governments, communities, NGOs and donors.

The RWSSI prides itself as the only continental  initiative focusing on RWSS services at such large scale; and as of Dec. 2012, the initiative had implemented  37 programmes in 26 countries, providing water supply and sanitation access to 45 million and 30 million people (2011 values), respectively.

Launch of RWSSI Coordinating Committee in Tunis

From the foregoing discussions two key factors are strategic for up scaling and sustaining the delivery of water and sanitation services in rural Africa- they are adequate financing and effective coordination.

  1. Financing: With an estimated additional USD 8.1 billion required, there is need to attract much improved levels of financing into the sector; and
  2. Coordination at continental level: Is a need to develop more inclusive governance with greater involvement and effective participation of key stakeholders to jointly support and achieve the financing, implementation and reporting requirements of the initiative to deliver better results on the ground.

The process of improving financing and coordination of RWWS activities at the continental level received a major boost, recently when major stakeholders gathered in Tunis, capital of Tunisia, March 26 and 27, 2013 to brainstorm the operational modalities of a Coordinating committee as a platform that will facilitate improved coordination and sector learning among partners and stakeholders towards the achievement of the RWSSI’s goals and targets.

The specific objectives of the meeting are:

  1. Appraise stakeholders on RWSSI progress, achievements, challenges and plans leading to 2015. This will also include a discussion on some of the key issues affecting sector progress (sector monitoring and performance reporting; sub-sector financing; sustainability; sector coordination) and how Africa should address them;
  2. Share country and field experiences in co-ordination to inform the way forward for RWSSI;  
  3. Obtain partner and stakeholder inputs towards identifying opportunities and addressing co-ordination challenges to achieve Africa’s rural water supply and sanitation targets
  4. Define the process of establishing of a Coordinating Committee for RWSSI, review the draft terms of reference and membership of the RCC, and propose undertakings for the first year (including modalities for their achievement); and,
  5. Launch the Coordinating committee.

The meeting in Tunis was attended by officials from the AfDB, African Ministers Council on Water (AMCOW), the World Bank, UNICEF, WaterAid as well as water and sanitation Journalists networks. It lasted for three days, divided into five sessions, during which participants discussed issues related to the establishment of the Coordinating committee for the RWSSI.

The opening session on ‘Progress and plans of the RWSSI’ was addressed by Mr. Gilbert Mbeshrubusa, AfDB Vice President, Operations III – Infrastructure; Mr. Francois Kruger, Executive Director, AfDB; Mr. Bai Mass Taal, AMCOW’S Executive Secretary; Hon. Christian G. Herbert, Deputy Minister for Rural Development and community Services, Liberia; and Mr. Sering Jallow, AfDB Director Water and Sanitation Department.

During the second session, Mr. Bai Mass Taal mounted the podium again to introduce the essence of the proposed RWSSI Coordinating committee.

The third session focused on how national coordination of RWSS could be strengthened at country levels. One of the speakers- Bethlehem Mengistu, Regional Advocacy Manager of WaterAid in East Africa, who shared experiences on ‘Sector Coordination and  Performance Monitoring’ in Malawi. According to Mengistu, the effects of poor coordination of RWSS at country levels include the following:

1.      Duplication of efforts and investments

2.      Un sustainability of WASH services

3.      Poor WASH sector accountability

4.      Lack of ownership of initiatives/investment

5.      Corruption in WASH Sector

6.      Marginalization (no participation, equity and inclusion in WASH service provision

7.      And consequently right to water and sanitation not realized!

Megistu explained how WaterAid in East Africa is promoting better sectoral coordination of RWSS at country levels using its interventions in Malawi as a case study:

“In Malawi, WaterAid is supporting decentralized structures, and so far a total of 10 local government areas have been supported to develop District Strategic Investment Plans (DSIPs) which provides direction to planning, implementation, and monitoring of water and sanitation programmes, while about 12 districts are currently being supported by UNICEF to do the same”.

She, however, admitted that this best practice is not without its challenges: “due to lack of devolution, DSIPs struggle to mobilize resources to implement plans, although the Local Development Fund was introduced as a mechanism for supporting projects, tiny amounts are available for water and sanitation on a competitive basis”, said Megistu.

Other initiatives supported by WaterAid to promote better sectoral coordination in Malawi include

1.      Establishment and strengthening of civil society Networks capable of influencing the design, implementation and evaluation of effective WASH policies at all levels

2.      Strengthening sector performance monitoring including data reconciliation/harmonization with international standards and Water Point Mapping

3.      Supporting budget advocacy and tracking

4.      Engagement with Parliamentarians to champion increased sector financing in WASH.

In the fourth session, participants were distributed to workgroups that extensively discussed the functions, structure, and 2013 work plan of the proposed Coordinating committee.

The first work group assessed how to effectively monitor, evaluate, and report RWSS programmes in Africa and the questions posed to them are: How could the Coordinating Committee support to improve Monitoring and Evaluation (M and E) at country and regional level? What should be the shortterm deliverables and workplan for the newly formed Coordination Committee in the area of RWSS monitoring and Evaluation, and Reporting? What are the major needs and barriers for effective country M and E and Reporting?

Presenting their report to the Plenary session of the Tunis meeting, participants in this group recommended that the new Coordinating Committee should assist in harmonizing and standardizing RWSS indicators for use in the AMCOW’s M and E; assist countries to develop capacity for RWSSM and E and reporting;  provide platform for linkages to existing instruments, AfDB, African Water Facility (AWF), and promote peer to peer learning and exchanges as well as scaling up good experiences.

The second work group deliberated on ‘Financing and resource mobilization for rural water supply and sanitation services’ in Africa; and its report recommended the following:

1.      Development of Investment plan and financing strategy by all countries

2.      Identification of projects to be financed

3.      Need to place emphasis on infrastructure investment instead of support to soft wares such as workshops

4.      Need to improve water and sanitation governance to inspire visibility and confidence

5.      Implementation of sector reform policies to improve efficiency

6.      Development of absorption /implementation capacity by beneficiaries

7.      Use of  call for proposals with transparent and clear time frames; an

8.      Ownership/personal involvement of political leadership.

Other recommendations of the group include:

1.      Development of strategic approaches for post-conflict/fragile states, “aid orphans” such as Central African Republic, Sudan and Guinea Conakry.

2.      Identification of users as a stable source of finance: participation, and the need to balance tariffs and subsidies.

3.      Consideration of the private sector involvement in RWSS based on the examples of Burkina Faso, Kenya, and Senegal.

4.      Learning strategies from urban water supply and sanitation UWSS and scaling up where appropriate.

5.      Cross-sector collaboration: e.g. agriculture, and rural development.

6.      Promotion of government contribution for stability.

7.      Greater involvement in Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers (PRSP) and mobilising communities.

8.      Campaigning more on the role of Water supply and sanitation  in health and food security

9.      Identification of champions to promote innovative financing.

Another work group considered the structure of the proposed coordinating committee of the RWSSI; and the questions it considered include:

  1. Based on your knowledge of existing Africa wide institutions and ongoing activities, what should the membership of the proposed Coordinating Committee be and why?
  2. How should it be structured? What are your views on the proposed structure?
  3. What should be its short‐term work plan?
  4. What are the resources implications for the Coordinating Committee?

In its report, the group recommended a name change from Regional Coordinating Committee of the RWSSSI to Coordinating Committee of the RWSS, arguing that the word ‘regional’  is confusing. Participants also decided that the RWSSI Coordination Committee will comprise of eighteen (18) members drawn from AMCOW, Donor community, AfDB, Civil society, and Water and Sanitation Journalists network.

Specifically, the group recommended that the Coordinating committee should be co chaired by the AfDB and‐ AMCOW Secretariat; and its memberships should include regional representatives AMCOW’s Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) Countries: (Chad, Kenya, Libya, Angola and Nigeria); representatives from Ministries of Finance/Planning  in AMCOW’s TAC countries: (Chad, Kenya, Libya, Angola and Nigeria); a donor representative; a representative from RWSSI‐Trust Fund; one representative from United Nations (UN-Water); Non governmental organizations to be represented by the African Network for Water and Sanitation; the media to be represented by Water and Sanitation Journalists Network; and the civil society to be represented by a well known group.

The group also recommended that the structure of the Coordinating committee should be finalized within three months and the inaugural meeting of the body should be convened within the next six months.

One major achievement of the Tunis meeting was the approval of the understated terms of reference for the proposed Coordinating Committee of the RWSSI. It was agreed that the Coordinating committee will embark on:

1.      Regional and international awareness of RWSSI for broader ownership and greater impact.

2.      Advocacy and promotion of resource mobilization for national RWSS programs;

3.      Inter-governmental coordination facilitating sharing;

4.      Regional sector monitoring and reporting;

5.      Promote Transparency and accountability; and,

6.      Promote Knowledge sharing and peer support in: National RWSSI strategies and policy development, Donor harmonization and coordination, Capacity Building, and Monitoring and evaluation for advocacy.

The meeting was rounded up, with the launch of the Coordinating committee of the RWSSI by Christian G. Herbert, Deputy Minister for Rural Development and community Services, Liberia who represented the Liberian President-  Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.

For more information on the RWSSI, contact: Nalubega Maimuna-

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FOLLOWING INTERSTATE 110 into Baton Rouge, there’s a moment when, after a sweeping right turn to the west, the Louisiana State Capitol suddenly looms over the city. The Gothic tower, erected in 1932 by infamous Louisiana Gov. Huey Long, seems so out of place jutting out from the flat, green landscape that its appearance is enough to make you do a double take.

But that’s not the only double take you’ll do in Baton Rouge. If it’s your first visit to the city, you may be expecting shellfish shacks and alligator boots. After all, the wrought-iron balconies of the French Quarter are a mere 80 miles down Old Man River, and Lafayette’s boudin-filled cafes are just across the mysterious Atchafalaya swamp. Anyone who’s been to those cities—Louisiana’s Creole and Cajun capitals, respectively—knows what a cultural tour de force they are. But while this capital, the official one, may play middle child to its siblings, that doesn’t mean it’s any less Louisianan. It just plays its cards closer to its chest.

Despite the Capitol building on its northern edge, downtown Baton Rouge is decidedly ungothic. From the hip Hotel Indigo and the glass-and-steel Shaw Center for the Arts to the coffee shops and music venues, the city is sleek and urban. It’s the kind of place where all it takes to go from the LSU Museum of Art to a rooftop sushi-and-cocktail lounge is an elevator ride, where glass-fronted office buildings share space with boutiques and farmers’ markets. But despite downtown’s lack of Spanish moss, one stroll down the riverwalk along the mighty Mississippi is enough to remind you exactly where you are.

As you make your way south of downtown toward campus, the high-rises of the central business district soon give way to sprawling live oaks. Though they’re famous for shading the long driveways of antebellum plantations and New Orleans’ St. Charles Avenue, here, the iconic trees simply provide shade for undergraduates making their way to class and young couples out walking with their children after school. It’s one reason the city feels so real compared to its neighbors. Where New Orleans and Lafayette can look like movie sets and feel like theme parks, Baton Rouge comes across as a place where people actually live, work and study. There’s no Bourbon Street here, no swamp-boat tours.

That’s not a bad thing—in fact, it makes it easier to stop playing tourist and experience the city like a local. And there’s no better place to do so than the Overpass, a strip of shops and restaurants not far from campus along Perkins Road near and, in fact, under Interstate 10. Though named by The New York Times as a game-day “must” back in 2004, this area is far from a tourist trap. Instead, it’s the kind of place where hip neighborhood eateries like City Pork Deli & Charcuterie, a sandwich shop and artisanal butchery, and Magpie Cafe, a locavore and caffeine-fanatic favorite, rub shoulders with old dives like George’s. It’s the kind of place where you can grab a seat and a beer and strike up a conversation with the regulars. And while that could easily happen in Little Rock, only in Baton Rouge can that conversation take place over a bowl of killer etouffee.

But as with a middle child who every once in a while just needs to yell look at me!, all that subtlety, all that quiet sense of place goes out the window most Saturdays come fall. New Orleans and Lafayette may reign supreme the rest of the year, but when the Louisiana State University Tigers take the field in Death Valley, there’s only one true capital in Louisiana. Purple and gold cover the state from one end to the other, and there is nowhere else Louisianans would rather be.

But even on those days, don’t expect the city to forget what it is.


The Best of Baton Rouge


Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center

Located right on the river in the center of downtown, the Hilton is everything you’d expect from a classic Southern hotel. Elegant, well-appointed lobby? Check. Room service and tastefully decorated suites? Check. Pool overlooking the Mississippi River? Why, of course. (The fact this art deco building once served as the Louisiana State Capitol is just a bonus.) (201 Lafayette St.;

Hotel Indigo Baton Rouge

With bright, modern rooms featuring floor-to-ceiling art, the accommodations at this downtown Baton Rouge hotel are perfect for those who prefer their old-school Southern charm mixed with a modern aesthetic. Plus, thanks to free bike rentals, you can explore the city on two wheels while burning off all those vacation calories. (200 Convention St.;

The Stockade Bed and Breakfast

Named for the Highland Stockade once located on its grounds (and used by Union troops to guard the city), this bed-and-breakfast just a few minutes southeast of the university offers five guest rooms in a hacienda-style home. Don’t sleep in or you’ll miss the complimentary Southern breakfast. But even if you do, don’t worry. There’s an afternoon cocktail hour as well. (8860 Highland Road;


The Chimes

The Chimes, located literally just outside the gates of the university, is an LSU tradition. And like any good LSU tradition, it involves copious amounts of beer—some eight pages of local, national and international brews. If a cold pint isn’t your thing, rest easy—the seafood is even better than the beer. (3357 Highland Road;

City Pork

It only takes one bite of the crowd-favorite Cubano—a mass of smoked pork shoulder and honey ham topped with Swiss, savory house pickles and Dijon—to see why the quick-serve City Pork Deli & Charcuterie has become not only a neighborhood staple, but among the best restaurants in the city. Those in the mood for a full-service establishment needn’t miss out. The newer City Pork Brasserie & Bar across town ups the ante with entrees like beef short ribs and rabbit with pork gyoza “dumplings.” (multiple locations; 

Parrain’s Seafood Restaurant

With its rough-hewn wood exterior, vintage signs and rusted, antique gas pumps, Parrain’s exudes shrimp-shack chic. Its assortment of fried seafood platters may be a case of the book matching the cover, but the eatery’s specialties—andouille-encrusted fish fresh from the Gulf, catfish topped with etouffee, and New Orleans-style barbecue shrimp, among others—offer some of the best seafood in the city. (3225 Perkins Road;


Its etouffee is mouthwatering and its burgers have landed it on national TV. But perhaps the best thing about George’s original location on Perkins Road is the atmosphere. The ceiling is covered in thousands of dollar bills—a tradition that dates back to when New Orleans’ sailors would pin money on the ceiling of their favorite bar so they’d have money to pay their tabs when they returned from sea. (2943 Perkins Road;


Sure, the menu is filled with creative south Louisiana dishes, but you don’t even have to open it—if you don’t order the fried, stuffed soft-shelled crab, you’re doing it wrong. Filled with crawfish, shrimp and crab, and topped with Creolaise sauce, it certainly earns its moniker: Hallelujah Crab. (3739 Perkins Road;


Shaw Center for the Arts

Celebrating its tenth anniversary this year, the museum, education center and performing arts venue—which fills an entire city block in the heart of downtown—is home to many of the city’s arts organizations, including the LSU Museum of Art and the 325-seat Manship Theatre. The award-winning building alone is worth the visit—and can be best enjoyed from Tsunami, the center’s rooftop sushi and cocktail bar. (100 Lafayette St.;

Louisiana State Capitols

Say what you will about Louisiana politics—but they really know how to build capitol buildings that stand out in a crowd. The Old State Capitol (100 North Blvd.;, now a museum dedicated to the state’s political history, was built in the mid 1800s and looks more like a medieval castle than a traditional neoclassical dome, and the view from the current Capitol’s 27th-story observation deck is unrivaled. (900 N. 3rd St.;

Nottoway Plantation

Baton Rouge may not exude “Louisiana” quite like its siblings, but you don’t have to go far to find it. Several grand homes along the famous River Road to New Orleans are open to the public, but as the South’s largest remaining antebellum plantation, the Greek revival and Italianate Nottoway Plantation is its crown jewel. (31025 Louisiana Highway 1, White Castle;

Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center

This 103-acre ecotourism and education center in south Baton Rouge is all about Louisiana’s most defining feature: the swamp. Check out the live animal exhibits inside its 9,500-square-foot facility or search the critters out yourself—armadillos, foxes, coyotes, deer and otters can sometimes be seen along the center’s boardwalks and gravel paths. (6201 Florida Blvd.;


Red Stick Spices Co.

From all-purpose Cajun and Creole blends to dish-specific seasonings perfect for shrimp, gumbo, red beans and rice, burgers and more, it’s easy to take a little bit of Louisiana home with you in the form of these hand-mixed, locally sourced spices from Mid City’s Red Stick Spices. But it’s not all spices all the time. The shop also has extracts, olive oils, balsamic vinegars, sea salts and even teas for the taking. (7970 Jefferson Highway;

Perkins Rowe

Located just a few miles down the road from the shops and restaurants that call the Overpass home, this new, mixed-use development is packed with chic national chains like Sur La Table and Kendra Scott. And if all that shopping wears you out, fuel up at one of its many eateries or with a glass of Pinot from Bin 77 Bistro & Wine. (10202 Perkins Rowe;

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The buyers at this upscale women’s boutique are constantly jet-setting to New York and Los Angeles to curate a collection of the hottest items from the hottest lines such as Rag & Bone, Chloe, Veronica Beard and Loeffler Randall. Expect edgy art deco jewelry, architectural heels, stylish tunics and more. (3535 Perkins Road;

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