Early this year, Sue and Gail discussed the idea of leasing space at a small antiques shop. We were looking for a spot with charm, well managed, and where our inventory would shine. Applying at Yankee Girl in Petaluma, California was our obvious first choice. Yankee Girl is owned and managed by Debbie Thea, a person we enjoy, have known for many years and shared a room with at the former Los Altos, California Country Show. Not only did the shop have charm, but it was located downtown in the most lovely small town of Petaluma (formerly called the Chicken Capital of America). Petaluma is built around the Petaluma River, complete with an old drawbridge. Many of the downtown buildings are Victorian era and have remained pretty much intact.
Decision in hand, we visited Yankee Girl to see if the more recent Petaluma version was similar to Debbie’s San Anselmo location. Leaving the store to discuss this over lunch; we headed to Della Fattoria for their famous tuna melt piadina. Hard to be unhappy eating one of those for lunch. We left there prepared to check out the availability and the possible move-in timetable for our leased space. Where might it be located inside the store? How would the lighting be? Who would our neighbors be? Would this be a good business decision? So many unanswered questions, but full of promise, we moved ahead with our application.
Hearing space was available late summer, Sue and Gail checked out the area to see if our items would shine in it. And shine they do…especially when the lights are on. Our association with the owner and the dealers we have met so far has been welcoming and warm. We use our keys to the shop so that we can enter during off hours and spend the necessary time to create the look we are trying to achieve. We are pleased with our results and our initial reasons for locating there.
Come for a visit, explore the store and the town. Did we mention the new smart rail goes up to Petaluma from San Rafael several times a day. How cool is that?