A Day Shopping in Duncans Mills
Duncans Mills is an easy drive mid-way between Sonoma County coastal destinations and the beauty of redwoods and the Russian River. Follow Highway 116 through rolling farmland between Jenner and Monte Rio, and you’ll drive right through the center of Duncans Mills. Once there, you can just park and leave your car behind. You’ll have no trouble finding excellent dining and first class shopping, all within an easy walk of each other.
Shopping options include a unique blend of everything from wines and artisan cheeses to one-of-a-kind clothing, accessories, and home furnishings. Here are just a few placed you might want to take note of:
Contrary to the name, there is nothing here to inspire wallowing in the mud. More likely, you’ll be tempted to up the ante on the style quotient of your wardrobe with one of the handcrafted leather bags, meticulously crafted wood-framed watches, or designer jewelry.
And don’t forget to pick up a gift to bring to those back home — there is something for absolutely everyone you know in this shop. And, of course, more than a few gifts for yourself.
This is a little jewel box of a store, offering an eclectic mix of artistry you may not find anywhere else. You’ll find Liquid Silver and Rapt In Maille mesh jewelry, sparkling hand-hammered copper drink and serving pieces, hand woven wool bags, fine journals & diaries, Hard Tail Forever clothing, and artisan chocolates.
It’s obvious that owner Andrea Record is an artist — the carefully curated collections of fashion, food, and collectibles to be found within are creative and beautiful.
Aptly named, this is definitely a global bazaar full of incredible finds, such as silver jewelry from Jamaica, tribal masks from Ghana, tatami (as in tatami mats) handbags from Cambodia, and my favorite, the luxuriously soft alpaca woolens from Ecuador in deeply saturated, tropical colors.
More than that, you’ll find everything from functional pottery and baskets to wall art and wonderfully plush wool animals, plus an entire room devoted to beautiful women’s fashions in gracefully draped designs, with colors reminiscent of Indian saris.
It would be hard to overstate the delirious joy tea drinkers will fall prey to upon entering this shop. First encounters are lovely accessories to sensual living: scented bath and body products from English designer Michel, soft and colorful napkins, and gourmet chocolates. And then there’s the collection of tea ware — everything from charming children’s tea sets to what must be the largest teapot collection in the county, if not the state.
But the real draw here is the selection of teas, over 200 of them — and almost all of them contain Mr. Trombly’s private blends of green, black, oolong, white, herbal, or rooibos teas. Best of all, you can have a custom blend made just for you.
Any time of the year, this shop glows with that season’s festive colors and a spirited sense of gracious hospitality. You’ll find dinnerware and serving pieces, decorator linens, glassware, and barware in styles that can easily mix and match together for any size party.
Then there are those particularly dramatic, artistic pieces that create a magical, truly memorable touch to your table or room. Add to that an impressive collection of additions to your kitchen pantry as well, including over 180 custom spice, seasoning, and rub blends — most organic and created with locally grown sources.
Colorful chef’s tools line the walls, and gadgets beckon you to closer inspection from every corner. You will not come out empty handed.
Finally, save time for a beautifully prepared and generously served repast from café, a decades old fixture at Duncans Mills.
Whether you choose from the brunch menu (with no less than eight versions of egg benedict) or from the lunch and dinner menu — offering among other dishes their award-winning clam chowder and local salmon and crab cakes — you’ll leave full and happy.