This is the second in a three-part series on the Napa Valley’s plethora of charming shops that showcase one-of-a-kind items from previous eras. With the holiday season around the corner, it’s not too early to begin shopping for unique gifts or beautiful housewares for your holiday entertaining. With the exception of the first shop, you can find the following with an easy stroll along St. Helena’s Main Street.
Art, Antiques, and Salvage – formerly Bale Mill Antiques, this historic shop a few miles north of town is an excellent showplace for the distinctive paintings of owner Tom Scheibal, and also has some select pieces of antique furniture in the gallery and in the yard outside. Tom sells his artwork to such top designers as Erin Martin. (3431 St. Helena Hwy., open Saturday and Sunday 11 am to 5 pm, and by appointment. 707-694-2121)
La Boheme – is a charity shop benefiting Napa Valley Hospice and Adult Day Services, but when you walk in, you’d think it was a meticulously curated boutique of collectibles. It sells vintage housewares, fabric, furniture, art and rugs, old silver, china, mirrors and windows, and a small collection of high-end clothing. (1428 Main Street; open Monday to Friday 10 am to 6 pm, weekends 10 am to 5 pm; 707-244-4686)
St. Helena St. Helena Antiques – There’s no sign out front, so just look for the shop between Guigni’s Deli and Foot Candy. It has a lovely selection of Asian and European furnishings, vases, and one-of-a-kind pieces. Owner Richard Larson, who has run the shop for 38 years, tends to keep his own hours, so be sure to call before you show up. (1231 Main Street; usually open 11 am to 5 pm daily; 707-963-5878)
Patina – a tiny jewel box of a shop, literally, that’s filled with a beautiful selection of vintage watches and jewelry. Owners Marcus Robbins and Wayne Armstrong know their stuff and can help you find exactly what you’re looking for. (1342 Main Street; open Monday through Saturday, 10 am to 5:30 pm, 707-963-5757)
Vintage Trunk – is a consignment boutique that specializes in vintage, couture, and contemporary designer clothing, shoes, and jewelry that date as far back as the 1930s. She also carries a line of chunky handmade necklaces by artist Sherri Jennings. (1210 Main Street; open 10:30 to 6 pm daily; 707-967-8008)
Lolo’s Consignment – this is a well-run shop that knows its labels and features a wide selection of clothing (many designer labels), shoes, and housewares. (1120 Main Street; open Tuesday to Saturday 10:30 am to 5:30 pm, closes at 4 pm on Monday; 707-963-7972)