Petaluma-based Designer and Dollmaker, Jess Brown's double page spread in glossy Martha Stewart Magazine's February 2012 issue adds national cache to our wonderful downtown, boutique shopping area and the top-drawer artistic talent that has transformed a sleepy rivertown into one-of-a-kind designer goods shopping destination.
Brown, co-owner of Maude Rare Finds (10 Western Ave), who has been designing limited edition exquisite rag dolls, fashioned after antique French dolls, for the past 13 years, is the latest in a classy line-up of downtown Petaluma merchants and designers to pop up in national fashion and lifestyle magazines over the past few months.
Designers scoring far-reaching, glossy page limelight include jewelery designer Robindira Unsworth, around the corner in her flagship store at Petaluma Boulevard, downtown, rug and textile designer Emma Gardner, of emma at home in Theater Square. Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds on the corner of the boulevard downtown and East Washington is another big, regular pull into Petaluma for national press, as is Della Fattoria, Paperwhite, Cowgirl Creamery, and several more locally based businesses of increasingly widespread repute.
Brown's handcrafted doll featured in Petaluma-based photographer Stephanie Rausser's recently released Kiki and Coco in Paris children's book brings her craft full circle by capturing the magic of an American-made rag doll in France.