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By Jess Macinko
News Editor 

Monkey Shines a mystery only at home


ou know the story of the elephant and the blind men: one man grabs a tusk and mistakes it for a spear, one grabs a leg and thinks it’s a column, and so on. No one gets the whole picture.

Sandra Choate fears her business, Monkey Shines Studio and Gallery, is a bit like that elephant. “A lot of people think it’s just an artist’s studio,” she says. One person thought she only sold baby clothes. Those impressions aren’t entirely wrong—Sandra sells her own work and the work of several local artists, as well as children’s clothes she makes by hand. But they’re a small glimpse of a large, eclectic beast. Among other things, Monkey Shines offers greeting cards, jewelry, hand-dye...

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