It was never easy explaining to newcomers where Lamb’s Ear, and before that, Impulse, were located. Same goes for Kimberly Baker Jewelry. That little stretch of Fremont street isn’t well-traveled or well-known, and then there was the matter of the descending the stairs to the subterranean shopping level. In one economy, it made for a cool destination. In this one, it makes … not a lot of sense.

But this does: Lamb’s Ear recently moved to the space once occupied by Tininha’s, just steps from Essenza and Merge. Owner Angie Sorenson says the new space is bigger, the location gives her access to foot traffic and random passersby, and the large windows allow for natural light and the opportunity for cool display and decor. All the better for those Rachel Comey clogs and A Detacher wedges.

Not that there isn’t something semi-bittersweet about the move. Sorenson says there was a real community aspect about the former out-of-the-way digs and the comradery she shared with her neighbors there. And the design and build-out at her first shop was a very detailed labor of love and an example of what it can mean to create an immersive retail environment. But many of those design and decor elements are with her in the new space. Check out the slideshow here to see them in action at their new address.

With the increased square footage comes a cool shop-in-shop. Thistle is a collaboration between Sorenson and the gals at Les Amis, which is just around the corner. Find there the coolest new accessories — from jewelery to handbags — by edgy young designers and established international and local brands.

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