N.B. I've long wanted to add a column to ye-olde-blogge reviewing shops that I love from around the country (or, most likely, around DC, VA, and northern CA.) So here's the first in that occasional series, "Shopgirl."
FAT PILGRIM is a self-proclaimed "Modern General Store" in Sonoma, CA. With a huge (like, 7 foot) metal rooster out front and a name like FAT PILGRIM, I could hardly resist stopping by, late yesterday afternoon. The shop is classic California: a wide range of artisan products including those metal roosters in a wide range of sizes, beautiful hand-dipped candles, soaps and perfumes made from local herbs, etc. They make gorgeous handcrafted furniture, including the elm bench, below. They carry brightly patterned bed linens, and kitchen wares this side of kitschy, including an awesome vintage style tablecloth with the state of California on it ($32, added to my "I'm From California If You Couldn't Guess" collection of housewares). They have cards, vintage reproduction toys, and garden goods. And some local foods and drinks, including The Girl and the Fig preserves. And lovely jewelery at surprisingly low prices. And much of it is available in their shop online.
And in the back: a full pick-your-own organic vegetable garden, with 30 varieties of heirloom tomatoes, a rainbow of summer squash, several rows of vibrant kale, and all the sunny herbs. you could hope for. They have a long table under a gorgeous elm, so I wonder if they also host dinners sometimes. I know I could sit under that tree forever.
It's a charming shop, with a wide range of price points, so a great place to stop for gifts, a souvenir of Sonoma County, or a really striking piece for your home or garden.
20820 Broadway (Hwy 12), Sonoma, CA
Monday through Saturday, 10am - 5:30pm
Sunday, 11am - 5:30pm