Browsing in small-town shops is one of my favorite activities. So when my childhood best friend flew in for a visit and brought up the idea that we should visit Sonoma, we thought it was the perfect opportunity to see the beautiful Townsquare of the charming city of Healdsburg. I have been to Sonoma many times but I have not been to the Townsquare. Goodness! I realize now what I had been missing all these years! This is absolutely a must-see place in the bay area! It has fantastic eateries, delightfully unique shops, and a friendly atmosphere!
Foregoing the trek to the Sonoma wineries, we decided to spend the day in the Townsquare and revel in all that we can see.
The first stop was Lime Stone boutique. Somewhere in my memory I have heard of this place. Later research reminded me that I had once seen it featured in the pages of Travel+Leisure. Turns out other publications have featured this shop, such as Oprah’s O Mag, Elle Decor, Food and Wine, and Esquire.
Conceptualized and curated by owner Lisa Palmer, Lime Stone is a strikingly inviting place where you can spot quintessentially chic items. I wanted to covet all their dinner and wine wares, linens, and hard-to-find home goods. In fact, if you happen taste the magnificent offerings of The Dry Creek Kitchen, where Lisa’s husband Charlie Palmer is the owner (FYI…they are the same Palmers who own incredibly posh hotels and delectable restaurants all over the country!), you may spot some of the accessories that is featured in Lime Stone!
Another adorable merchandise haven is Tallulah, which is just around the corner from Lime Stone. Owner Denise Trefry is a jewelry designer who named the store after the silent actor and Broadway legend Tallulah Bankhead, who also serves as the store’s muse. This famous personality was known to be a bonafide ‘bon vivant’ who lived life to the fullest and encouraged women to be creative and free thinkers.
And such is Tallulah’s inspiration radiating throughout the store. The interiors is certainly whimsy but very attractive and eye-catching. I love the display of chandeliers, raging from antique-style to avant-garde. The placement of a large white Buddha statue is creative genius! It sets the tone that there are no rules in Tallulah when it comes to its product offerings. They can sell classic laquer boxes , mod-style picture frames, all the way to Asian-inspired umbrellas.
Stay tune to my next post on a must-see wine tasting boutique in the Healdsburg Townsquare!