Catching up with Sweet Pea
Sweet Pea’s Children Boutique had occupied the space at 15 Charles Street for over a decade. Last month owner Amy Strother packed the shop up and moved a few blocks north to their new location at 70 West Cotati Avenue, right across the street from the Korean Baptist Church.
After finally getting settled in her new store, we had a chance to catch up with Strother and learn a little more about the move and new location.
“The lease at the current store was up so I decided to peek around and see what else was available,” she said in response to the move. “I really liked this building. It is very bright and feels spacious. Plus it is right across the street from a pre-school and next to the park making it more family oriented,” she added.
As was noted in the recent History Hunt, by the Cotati Historical Society, the current building Sweet Pea occupies used to be the home of Hub Cyclery. The original occupant of the building was a stove store back in the 1930’s and they were responsible for the unique tin finishing on the exterior.
The shop is a consignment store that is home to numerous local crafts and creations along with gently used clothes, toys and accessories for infants up to teens. There is a large collection of local artist creations such as Mend by Ruby Grace, Just One Designs, Hazel Nut Stuff, Stiches by Julia, NinjaCraftyMoms, and Aunt Coco’s Creations.
“The new space is about the same size as before but with a different layout. Everyone says it looks much bigger,” said Strother.
That increase in space has allowed for a larger dressing room, a dedicated play space for children and most importantly, a comfortable chair people can sit in.
“It’s great for dad’s or maternity mom’s,” said Strother.
With a higher ceiling and large windows the space feels open and airy. Strother has also added another two local artist’s works to her store since the move with Lily Bug Designs and Cool Tulle Tutus.
The community has been very supportive of her move, especially in helping let people know that her store didn’t close, but just moved.
“The landlord at the old location doesn’t have any signs up saying that we moved so some people thought we closed. I wrote a post on Facebook asking friends to share the post that we are still open and have just moved and the response has been great with the post reaching over 4000 people.”
During the recent History Walk at Cotati’s 50th Celebration, Prue Draper noted to the people on the walk that she was very excited that Sweet Pea had moved into their new home because it was such a great building that needed a good tenant that was an important part of the community.
Sweet Pea’s Children Boutique is located at 70 West Cotati Avenue and is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.