We’re Mad About: our visit to Needful Things Addiction and why you will want to go too!!!!!

Pumphouse

We had heard there was a new store going in and so we made some time last week to get over there. It is called “Needful Things Addiction” at 115 W. Franklin in Historic Lake Elsinore. There is actually several vintage type shops in town, but this one is a little different, in a good way. The phone there is 951- 409-8300, just in case you need more info. Now open Wed-Sunday and a grand opening is coming in June. We will announce it on our Instagram also.

Needful Things Addiction is on a piece of property right off Main St. It is unique in that it is a building that was constructed in the mid 1910’s as a bathhouse, Creswell Bathhouse, named after one of the owners. That Needful Things Addiction ended up here is the result of a 5 year search for the right property. That search has paid off.  Heart and soul (and a lot of hard work)  have been put into refreshing and repurposing it without losing the original character. And it has character!  Beautiful arched windows, brick exterior with original lettering showing, ceiling restored to show original bead board paneling, newly painted inside. The work on the finer details like wood door frames to contrast with the gleaming white walls, and beautiful shiny dark floors creates a “awe” moment when you walk in. We meet one vendor, Colleen, for “Sawdust nails and a ponytail”,  darling name for a company. She designed the pumphouse “greenhouse” roof using vintage windows and reclaimed wood and painted it. This girl has skills. Another extremely talented vendor “Repurposed Soul” added the faux siding and also constructed the sales counter inside,which is one-of-a-kind .  So gorgeous! We don’t have room for all the pictures but believe us, there will be another blog shortly with more info and lots more pictures of all the vendors, the pumphouse, grounds and entrance, and silo.

Entering the store gives you an idea of what to expect from the vendors ahead. A nice couch to sit and chat, a brick fireplace to die for, old wood from the property used to make an “hello” sign-all of it drop dead gorgeous! As you enter the main part of the store it has been kept in the shape it was, when it was a bathhouse. There is a long hall in a L shape, each vendor has a number outside their individual rooms, most with one vendor assigned to each. They are working on a bio and picture outside each room. Some of the rooms are small, large closet size as they were originally, some larger. Each vendor is in charge of their own creations, arranging and renewing as needed, and has a sign with their business name. ( We’d love to see all their social media icons also, hint hint). The dealers are so unique, care has been taken not to duplicate each other. It’s like a treasure hunt to pop in and see how each room is arranged. We are pleased to see our friend “Sweet Peas Charm” has a beautiful area with her paint “The Plaster Paint Co.”, so don’t miss her in room 5.  We immediately got on Instagram and followed every vendor we could, because all of them have their own style and each room is a “do not miss.” Be sure to check out the pictures we have now and watch for another blog for the rest. After the turn of the L will be two rooms for Needful Things Addiction itself that are larger. We got a peek and they are filled with charming pieces. Can’t wait to see them all arranged.

One of the coolest things is the outside area. There is actually a lot on either side of the building, one will be used for classes,and for plants and a garden. There are so many plans to make this a destination. Maybe a farmers market someday or ???.  We loved hearing about the history of this place. It is fascinating and we love that Needful Things Addiction is so focused on keeping it alive and so caring about staying true to that history.

So if you get a chance make a beeline over there. It’s a charming atmosphere with a welcoming owner and vendors and let us know what you think. We know we’ll be back very soon!!!!

Thanks for reading…Bonnie and Amy

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