4 Shops to Check Out in Downtown Cloverdale
Regardless of your activities in the area, a day – or at the very least, an afternoon – of shopping downtown Cloverdale is well worth your time. I suggest that you begin your shopping trip at the north end of Cloverdale’s main boulevard:
Start with 14feet, a “modern vintage home furnishings” shop, located right next door to the ever-popular Plank Coffee.
You’ll find wonderfully curated home furnishings, including those from local, northern California companies. Going organic? Check out bath and body products made in Willits by Etta & Billie, or world famous linens from Coyuchi.
Another green choice: furnishings made from upcycled materials, including Hendley Hard Goods heirloom quality pieces crafted from locally salvaged wood. Each piece will tell you not only the type of wood, but also where it was sourced. Or look for Ray Degischer’s industrial steel pipe/machine fittings repurposed into striking vases, home accessories and art. This doesn’t begin to describe the sophistication, elegance and unique artistry found in 14feet. You’ll just have to discover it for yourself.
This store was created for the devotees of quilting. In fact, quilters from multiple counties make the trek to Bolt regularly, specifically because the owner has created a shop with all the inspiration and material they need to make their art – including over 900 bolts of colorful fabric.
You’ll find everything from vintage dishcloth fabric to traditional batik cottons to incredibly plush, new fabrics made from natural cork. You can opt for pre-cut pieces in all sorts of shapes, or create your own with paper templates. I loved the beautiful examples of quilting made right here in the shop. Kate graciously opens up her machines and sewing tables for the community, hosting classes and workshops throughout the week taught by local artists.
And for those not into the actual work of quilting (like me), you can always pick up a few treasures that you didn’t know you needed until now: colorful cotton pillows for relaxing at home, holiday decorations or specialties like the collection of S’well bottles beloved by hikers for keeping drinks cool for 24 hours… or hot for 12. All worth perusing at your leisure.
Explore a couture and accessory collection worthy of a creative fashionista’s closet. From 1900s to present day, their specialty is one-of-a-kind and designer label clothes for women and men.
Some are museum quality, and all are in outstanding condition. Kelley Voss, the owner, is as rigorous in her standards for nearly-new quality as she is in collecting mostly those clothes made by such 20th century design icons as Chanel, Yves St. Laurent, Oscar De La Renta, Comme des Garcons, Dolce & Gabbana, Fendi, and more.
Just a short stroll around the racks will tell you how Voss could create fabulous fashion shows, as she does throughout the year, featuring gowns in impeccable condition… accompanied by period hats, handbags, gloves, jewelry, and some truly stylin’ shoes. Appropriately enough, the store is now housed in the location of the old Laney’s Dress Shop (circa mid-1950s) on Cloverdale’s main drag.
Finally, at the south end of the boulevard, you’ll find Estate. It’s what I might call an Emporium of Coveted Things. Whether you need it or simply want it while on your vacation, you can find it here.
Say you're facing a sudden weather or event change? No problem. Estate carries clothes for men and women — those last available in sizes from XS to 3X. You can count on finding names like Jag, Kleen, Habitat, Relished and Simply Noel on the racks.
Need a gift to take home? Check out the seasonal decor, table top essentials and unique gifts that cover the bases from one-of-a-kind and gently used vintage accessories to upscale, modern designer items.
You’ll also find larger home furnishings in styles spanning graciously comfy, shabby chic bedroom pieces to industrial, zinc topped tables. Every little thing wants closer investigation: the luxurious Mary Lake Thompson soaps crafted in Oroville, hemstitched linen napkins from England and delicately crafted, locally made jewelry. Do drop by for a closer look. You’ll probably not come out empty handed.
These are just four stops along the main drag. In addition to enjoying the street sculpture, you can also visit a stellar gallery at the Cloverdale Arts Alliance. Or collect a gourmet picnic basket of goodies at the upscale Dahlia & Sage Community Market on 2nd Street. And try to leave time to visit the Cloverdale History Museum. It’s easily a day’s worth of exploration, fun, and of course … shopping!