Pacific Dreams is not much more than a local tourist spot, with the exception of its representation of some local art. It's true it's marked up beyond belief, but if I'm down in that area, I make a point to go in and see what new pieces they have. There are some pretty talented artists in the area and I enjoy viewing their work.
I was enamored with the Julia Bristol jewelry line carried by the Cherie Amour boutique. I went in to kill some time and disovered Julia Bristol's work of nature inspired jewelry. Some of the pieces were much too big for me, but I appreciated her styling and ended up buying a pair of earrings. The boutique itself was very cute and offered an opportunity to mindlessly wander and admire the beautiful things they have on display.
When I was out running wedding errands with my sister, we couldn't resist stopping into the Gold Lion Gallery. It's an Asian market filled with souvenir type things. I found some great slippers I wound up buying for myself and picked up a couple of pairs for my nieces for their birthdays.
The Paradise Pantry has soothed my weary soul with its gourmet cheeses, stuffed olives, chocolates and fine wine. I've purchased just about everything in their market pantry to taste and can honestly say, I've never tasted anything I didn't like. I've also gifted their cheeses and chocolate to the special people in my life who always ask where they can purchase them for themselves.
Out Of The Earth is an unusual gift shop. I was looking for ideas for our wedding attendants when I found this little shop. It's full of items born from the earth or of a very 'green' nature. There were a few garden themed items that appealed to me, but I didn't find anything I thought would be appropriate. The two people who were in the store beside me were very animated in their conversation about recycling. I'm all for that, but would have appreciated if they didn't talk so much and allowed me to enjoy the nature music and the shopping experience.
I was incredibly happy to discover Glass Designs. I love everything about stained glass and have been coveting several pieces at another gallery for my front door. The problem with stained glass is that it's also expensive. Glass Designs had a piece that I really liked and thought was affordable. They measured the area I wanted it for and gave me the price. The worker who was helping me was very knowledgeable and hopefully convinced my fiance we needed to get it.
I love looking at artwork and the Studio Gallery is one of my favorites. I enjoy the variety of their pieces, the textures of the paints used and the overall aesthetic qualities. I've been a purveyor of the fine arts for quite some time and enjoy talking with the proprietor here. They also have an online store which is a nice complement to this store. I'm waiting for my birthday to come around so my fiance can come in and get the painting I want.
My fiance is having visions of grandeur and glory. We've got a honey do list of things we would like to accomplish in the house now that the both of us are living in it. One of the items is updating the hardware for the kitchen cabinets. We went to the Ferguson Bath & Kitchen Gallery, where we were at first looking at some beautiful hardware then somehow suddenly turned into a complete kitchen remodel. I had to put the brakes on the conversation between my fiance and the very nice, but overly suggestive salesperson who was 'helping' us. I explained we were only looking at hardware for now to freshen up the kitchen and had a wedding to plan for first.
Musselman's Lighting & Antiques is more of a restoration facility than anything. When my future mother in law found out we were looking at light fixtures, she sent us one of her antiques. The lamp was old alright, and in need of a lot of help. Musselman's was able to repair the frayed cord, fix the wiring components and even repaired the glass shade. It's a beautiful fixture that now resides in my bathroom. :)
Since my fiance has gotten us on the kick for enhanced lighting in our house, everywhere I turn there's another option to consider. He took me to Sherlock's Antique Lighting store, where I admit, they had some very unusual and off the beaten path lighting fixtures. I did like what the very friendly salespeople showed us, but it didn't match at all with the rest of our decor. I like new things just as much as the next person, but we're not in a position to redecorate the entire house for a pair of beautiful antique fixtures. I had to burst his bubble on this one.