Riverside Wanderings

The Weathered FeatherI spent some time in Riverside this past week as those who follow our Instagram know. I used to work out there, at the Auto Club, many years ago so I knew the town a little. Some things have not changed, the Mission Inn, where my grandparents were married, is of course, still beautiful, awe-inspiring, but what I found were some stores that have opened within the last few years. And oh, they are good ones.
First would have to be Vintique Alley. We have followed Bobbi’s Instagram for awhile. I literally ache for a farm table she has. The entire store is done so well, I would rate it one of the best I’ve seen, as far as how it is decorated. Made. The vendors they have are all inspired, and their creations are placed all over the shop, which makes such an interesting mix. Not a wasted space to be found. And the back, outside, is a place to wander. Not so much when I went, over 108 degrees, but now the weather is cooling (ha,ha) to just under 100 it is better. Tons of stuff waiting to be discovered. I want to live in this store.
There’s a couple more though to explore. Went over to The Weathered Feather. Love the name, and the store is better. They hold such interesting classes, and carry home décor items, jewelry, and supplies to make some of your own inventions. We got a nice welcome from the owner, Lisa, even though she was getting set up for a class. She showed us the shop and explained each section. Thanks again.  Vintique Alley
From there we headed to Made. Talk about unique. We loved the wide range of reused upcycled found items. Each one is unique, well-done and not the same old thing. They have some repurposed items made into fountains I love. Water is so soothing, especially with the current weather. When you enter the shop and hear it you get a zen like feeling. But that’s the least of the amazing stuff there, there are wine racks and benches and lights and tables, each made with such care and love. Saving the planet piece by piece.
Riverside has a market night every Friday 6-9. It is on Sunnyside Dr. in Magnolia Center, packed with food and craft vendors and a farmers’ market, it sure sounds good to me. We are going to try to make it out there.
Made.More later on some of the other stores in Riverside and nearby we visited, but overall what a great day. Nothing better than discovering new places to go and these three were among the best ever. Thanks to all of them for being so gracious and letting us take pictures.
Thanks for reading…Bonnie.  Made.

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