Another outlet for local artists to display and sell their wares has opened.
Sweet Nostalgia, a small shop tucked neatly into the Twin Pines Shopping Center, adjacent to the Small Café, opened early last month.
The store has a mix of unique antique finds, thrift shop deals, and art gallery-quality local creations.
Owner Diane Arnold said she wanted a space that offered a mix of both old and new affordably priced merchandise.
Arnold said she didn’t want to open just another thrift shop, which have dominated the ribbon cutting ceremony scene for some time, but a place that sold hand-picked treasures.
Walking into the shop, buyers are greeted by a center display of custom wood creations. John Schulz, a retired woodworker, can make just about anything, Arnold said.
From benches, hanging orchid boxes, signs and even picket fences, which Arnold asked Schulz to build to create a division wall in the store.
One customer asked Schulz to replicate a beloved bench that she had left in Santa Fe, which Schulz did using just one photograph.
Around the perimeter of the store, “mini” shops have been set up by a handful of vendors. Each gets their own section to decorate and sell what they want, Arnold said. None sell overlapping products.
One section has a collection of woodsy cabin products, another, handmade beaded necklaces; recycled wood cabinet craft displays and another, gift baskets and quilts.
Ten consignors also have various products on sale throughout the quaint store.
Arnold even has a display of live plants for sale.
A member of the Rim Area Gardeners, Arnold said it is her contribution.
While Arnold has never owned a store like Sweet Nostalgia before, she was a vendor in Green Mountain Emporium, selling antiques.
Looking for something to keep her busy in retirement, Arnold said she finally settled on opening a shop of her own.
“I didn’t want to work, and this is fun,” she said. “I don’t consider it work.”
After searching three months for the perfect space, Arnold settled in the Twin Pines Shopping Center, which is home to several well-established businesses, including Vita Mart, Canyon State Credit Union, Merlinda’s Hair Salon, Twin Pines Barber Shop and Oasis Christian Bookstore.
Arnold plans to hold free craft classes for children this summer and eventually start a book club with friend Lauretta Shiya.
Sweet Nostalgia, at 512 S. Beeline Highway, Suite 6, is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.