The One Thing

Sunshine State of mind

Teacher-turned-tastemaker Amanda Mitchell just opened her Charlestown store’s bright green door, offering home furnishings and gifts with a vibrant Palm Beach vibe. Greek key, chevron, and wicker motifs abound, along with a healthy dose of banana leaf and animal prints, plus some starfish and anchors to remind that we are indeed in New England. Mitchell, who taught third grade in Chelsea before succumbing to design, will use her classroom experience in this next phase. “Students learn when you sell excitement and love,” she says. “I hope customers feel that same sense of delight.’’ Place & Gather, 26 Common St., Charlestown, 617-580-8362, placeandgather.com