Support Local | Home Decor

January, 14, 2021

With the start of a new year comes a time of reflection, resolutions, and new goals. With so many businesses affected this past year by the ongoing pandemic, we believe a great goal to set for 2021 is to support local. Many stores, shops, and restaurants are open for business, curbside pickup, and online ordering. We have curated a list below of some of our agent’s favorite local shops around the Tri-Valley and Fremont area.

Home Decor

The start of the year can be a perfect time for a home refresh. It can feel easy to shop for home goods at big-box stores such as Walmart, and online at Amazon. However, you can find so many high quality, unique, and even handcrafted home decor items at local shops instead. Many of these stores are open for curbside pickup and delivery as well.

American Harvest | 438 Main St, Pleasanton

Located in downtown Pleasanton, this is a unique venue for French and American antiques, one of a kind artist made pieces, vintage treasures, and great gifts.

They are currently open with limited capacity, and you can call and make a private shopping appointment. Online shopping is available as well.

Consignment Furnishings | 6891 Village Pkwy, Dublin

Since 2007, Consignment Furnishings has proudly provided the Tri-Valley area with furniture and home accessories at competitive and affordable prices. Our inventory comes from private collections, model homes, show-room liquidations, and wholesale distributors.

They have an online shop available, and you can call and make in-store appointments as well.

Lynen Interiors | 156 McLeod Street, Livermore

In their own words, “Lynen Interiors is a Natural Interior Design Studio & Shop. We create clean and fresh interiors with a relaxed, California vibe. We LOVE layering elements from nature such as wood, stone, linen, and cotton with antiques and living plants. It’s our obsession”.

They are open currently on an appointment only basis, as well as having an online shop available.

Home Consignment Center | 1901 Camino Ramon #F, Danville

The Home Consignment Center has been in business for more than 2 decades. In that time, they have developed a reputation for the very best sales, consignments, and inventory in multiple states. Discover furniture, jewelry, and more.

Open with limited in-store capacity, and have their full jewelry selection available online.

A J’s Attic | 2540 San Carlos Ave, Castro Valley

Located in Castro Valley for the last 16 years, this shop is home to interesting items. You can find antique sit slot machines, Trade simulators, neon signs, sports memorabilia, celebrity signed photos, and more.

During the shelter-in-place their store is open Friday’s and Saturdays at 9:30 am to 4:00 pm.

Casablanca Market | 8430 Central Ave #3a, Newark

A colorful retailer featuring a variety of handmade Mediterranean housewares, furniture & accessories. their mission is admirable, beginning with the artisans who create their home décor products, and their food makers, who execute traditional recipes. Every purchase at Casablanca Market is a supporting step to their financial security.

Their store is open for limited capacity and have an online shop available.

We would love to hear of other great shops to support! Let us know below.

Koa Fashion

December, 8, 2011

Koa Sunglasses

Interested in a pair of wooden sunglasses? How about a stylish wooden watch? Yes, it’s wearable wood, and Martin & MacArthur is the company creating these fashion accessories on the islands.

Since Jon Martin first started his company in 1961 he has always looked to bringing the finest quality hand-made koa furniture to customer. Now fifty years later the company has opened their tenth retail store (Oct 14, 2011) and they have started unveiling their line of koa accessories. What is koa you ask? Well, it’s a type of wood that only grows naturally in Hawaii.

Master Craftsman at Martin & MacArthur

Early Hawaiians used koa to make shelters and weapons. In the time of King Kamehameha I, koa canoes were made and then launched from the Big Island to conquer the other islands. When Jon started building furniture he chose koa so a new generation of Hawaiian residents could be introduced to the wood’s grace and beauty. His first piece was a simple rocking chair based on a design that had been brought to the islands by Hawaiian missionary families.

Today Martin & MacArthur has gone beyond furniture and started making all sorts of smaller items with this same wood. A browse through their e-boutique reveals everything from a Koa Back Scratcher to a Koa Handled Ice Cream Scoop. You can even have Martin & MacArthur plant a koa tree on your behalf which will help continue the Hawaiian legacy.

If you’d like to purse Martin & MacArthur furniture and accessories you can either go to one of their ten locations in Hawaii or have a look at their website,