Brand new eclectic B Street Mercantile is all set to open its doors to Sonoma County shoppers in one of historic downtown Petaluma's prime retail locations, this Spring.
The meticulously planned (rustic modern) boutique shopping emporium pays homage to the agricultural heritage of Petaluma - a hub of promising creativity celebrating hand selected independent designers, regional craftspeople and artists.
Founders Patti Looper and Jenny Paisley are Petaluma business women as well as artist/designers with that rare, shared quality of the sorts of right and left brain sensibilities that launching a retail store requires.
Harnessing the good energy of the former Tuscan Gardens space at their 316 B Street store, Looper and Paisley recognize former business owner Sharon McAuley's devoted following and plan to incorporate several of Tuscan's most beloved merchandise ranges including the ever-popular Petaluma clothing line.
If you are a Petaluma brand enthusiast, you'll be shopping in the right place for all sorts of delightful quality items embossed with your favorite city's stamp. "We want customers to know that they can continue to find their most-loved products here," says Looper, "and we suspect they will discover many new favorites along the way."
Veterans of the greater Bay Area independent craft scene, graphic designer, Looper is the owner of Patti Lou Designs and Paisley, a printmaker, owns Blockhead Press. Many south county shoppers will be familiar with their signature products sold at the Petaluma Farmers Market, iIeoni and Knitterly. With a wealth of combined professional experience, the business partners have been working together as co-organizers of the popular Petaluma Holiday Crafterino for the past several years. Each has an extremely discerning eye and has carefully juried all of the exemplary hand crafted products to be featured in the store's launch
Look out for the store's own B Street Mercantile Co line of goods, alongside stationery, bath and body products, items for the home, personal accessories and gifts. Part of the space will be reserved for workshop space, featuring DIY kits and craft books.
Opening during the first week in April, B Street Mercantile hours will be Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday, Noon to 5 pm. A grand opening will be announced and will likely take place some time in May. Click here to join the mailing list for B Street Mercantile special events and happenings.
McAuley's adjoining studio Clay Gallery retains its thriving clientele, now occupying its own stand alone space .