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From May 7 to May 9, Atlantic Avenue merchants will lure shoppers to the strip between Hicks Street and Fourth Avenue, with three days of sales, tastings and live music.

Among the highlights of the festival, called "May Days and Nights," will be a wine-and-cheese grand opening party from 2 pm to 6 pm on May 8 at Home & Abroad, a home furnishings boutique at 487 Atlantic Ave. between Third Avenue and Nevins Street.

Partner Leticia Mulzac (pictured at left), born and raised in Bushwick, said, "I’ve always wanted to be on Atlantic Avenue because of the diversity here - and the name even implies traveling! Atlantic Avenue is very much a crossroads for people."

Mulzac and her business partner, Manzar Banai, carry "mostly Indian and Indonesian, a few Tibetan, Moroccan and West African" furnishings and textiles, said Mulzac.

"We try to keep everything moderately priced," Mulzac said of her "very well constructed" stock. "From boxes to vases, it’s all made of natural materials. We have costume jewelry, silks, velvets and a lot of cottons, and we arrange the store so you feel like you’re in someone’s house. The way it’s organized, there is lots to see and wander around."

The partners, who met in Malaysia, have a passion about their work that goes beyond interior design and home décor.

"We promote various cultures in our wares," said Mulzac. "We make distinctions between the different cultures in Indonesia or in India."

Also at Home & Abroad, original Balinese photographs by Robert Zarcoe will be on display (and for sale) and a 10 percent discount will be offered on most merchandise.

For more information about Home & Abroad call (718) 855-6442. For more information about other "May Days and Nights" promotions, visit the Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation (AADLC) Web site at or call the AADLC at (718) 875-8993.

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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