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An opulent assemblage

Alfa-The Luxury Store is a place to check out international brands in cosmetics, lingerie, home appliances and glassware. The product lines here come at cool prices.

PORCELAIN MAGIC: Korean vases and figurines from Japan.

IN AN era where super markets are mainstream more so because of the availability of the entire merchandise under a single roof, a store that stocks international glassware, cosmetics, home appliances and lingerie, is a welcome shopping avenue.

Located in the White House building, Alfa, the two-storey opulent store has all-imported Swiss chocolate, English cigarettes, French pens and more.

GLASS MARVELS: Colourful flowers made in glass.

"We had seen a similar store in Mumbai. This type of multi-store is unique for Hyderabad and thus we are trying it out," says Pavan Kedia at Alfa-The Luxury Store.

Tall blue beer glasses apart, from sets of plain serving glasses from Pyrex, Pasabahce, decorative flowers in coloured glass and microwave bowls from Arcuisine are some of the good buys in glass.

While jars, figurines and vases from Korea and the gold plated tea sets in Japanese porcelain comprise the colourful assortment for the table.

The cheerful salt and pepper holders coming for Rs 125 are ideal to go as a bright breakfast table accessory.

COOL CRYSTALS: A collection of crystalware.

While at the topic, the tinned salmon, tuna, sardines, turkey luncheon meat and sausages line up at the canned imports.

Apart from the mayonnaise, cheddar cheese and strawberry syrup, there is the wide array of flavoured tea from Twinings at the shelves-wild blackberry and nettle, cranberry, raspberry and elderflower.

For the sweet tooth, the Lindt Swiss chocolate, Frankonia-diet Cadbury from Germany and sugar-free Torras from South America are some of the chocolates apart from Hersheys here.

In the home appliances egg-slicer, measuring spoons, fruit-baller, cheese-grater, coffee maker, multi-juicer, sandwich toaster are some of the utilities one can check out here.

More of home needs, water-absorbent flooring from France in pleasant print, shower curtains table covers and mats comprise the novelty here as also cushy footwear for bedrooms coming in bold colours.

The cosmetics window has a notable international product line with Freeman, St Ives, L'Oreal, Boots, Nivea and other brands for the home beauty spa.

One can choose from the foam baths, imported soaps, marine shampoos, foot gels, vitamin E creams and pH 5.5 body lotions, which are reasonably priced.

The lingerie section features a wide array in colours and styles from popular international lines. The floor also stocks the decorative party bindis and glitter clips apart from chic ladies' purses.

The Dupont pens and belts, the cigarettes rack with Marlboro, Benson&Hedges, Dunhil and the colourful lighters, the perfumes - Tommy Hilfiger, Cartier, Mont Blanc, Police and Hugo Boss, is sure a collection pour homme.

While here one can also check out the Alfa stationary comprising spiral books, long note books, executive pads and more.

For the children, the shelves hold diapers, feeding bottles and blankets. Music box for the infant with gentle familiar melodies and soothing figurines overhead makes an interesting buy for the babies crib.

While for the 3-8 year-olds the Kid 21 CD ROMs contain Nursery Rhymes and more.

One can drop in here for the gifts' purchase. Crystal photo frames and thematic photo frames in wood depicting cottage scene in wood are exotic as also the Indian mythological figurines in porcelain fabricated in France.

The next time you are at the White House Building, do check out the stuff here for home and friends. The USP, apart from the wide international range the shop outlet houses, is the price line that is reasonable


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