I’ve got some exciting news for you! I’ve been accepted to be the newest dealer at Center Street Antiques. For those who don’t know, Center Street is a collective in Soquel, with antiques more on the designer end. I shop there to find the perfect vintage side table, bookshelf accessory, lighting, mirrors, etcetera for clients, and I send customers over if I don’t have what they need. Every space is a little different as everyone has their own unique style. It’s also a democracy, so I had to submit an application and everyone (I think there’s 30ish dealers) got a vote. I’m honored that they want me to be a part of it and I think they are excited to have something new there. You might wonder why I would want a space in another shop when I have my own shop. I thought long and hard about it, I actually tried to back out and take myself out of the running, but now that I’m in I’m very happy and excited. I will make a space that still feels like me. There are things that I don’t buy only because the scale isn’t right for my shop (12 foot ceilings and big open spaces) but those are things my customers might need. I can buy them for you in this space! Also, I can go a little out of my normal range. I like to keep a theme in the shop, and it sometimes keeps me from buying cool stuff that doesn’t quite fit in. I hope to be in the first week of March. I’m pulling together a great collection of things and can’t wait to get busy painting, hanging lighting and making it look like me. I hope to see you there!
PS – If you’ve read this far, I’ll tell you honestly that I have looked at a few spaces for a possible second location (or just a move) near Center Street, in the heart of the Soquel Antiquing district. They get customers from Carmel to LA that won’t ever go as far as my own shop in Santa Cruz. After much thought it always comes back to a few things:
1. My space (in a simple Victorian) is pretty hard to beat, and my shop is not actually really an antique shop. I have antiques and love antiques the most, but it is also a furniture store, an interior design studio and a really nice gift shop. I am fine on my own.
2. Midtown is seriously convenient to both west side peeps, east side peeps and my hardcore could-not-have-done-it-without-you fan base of Seabright and Prospect Heights. Much love to all of you!
3. As I said to myself 10 years ago – Midtown is an up and coming neighborhood! And it’s finally happening! We are getting banners and support and love from the city and I could not be happier.
4. My rent at the shop is less than my rent at home. For realz.
5. and now, my lovely new teammates at Center Street have given me the chance to be in that district without sacrificing my baby, my beloved Saffron and Genevieve. Grateful.