A charming new store along Woodland’s historic Main Street, The Cup & Saucer offers visitors a chance to find beautiful tea sets, tableware, and furniture. And while most of the items in the store are consignments–at least now, in the beginning–don’t let that dissuade you from coming in. The quality of the goods in this clean, well-lighted place is excellent, and the prices are, too.
Shop-owner Edna Bohon opened the store late this spring, after running popular local restaurant Fat Cat Café for nearly 10 years. “I like selling things, and I like things that are well-made, enduring, and have a real function,” she says. “I opened this store because it allows me to deal in these things in a very satisfying way.” (Fat Cat Café is still open under new ownership.)
Bohon is meticulous in her approach, and the merchandise shows it. Hers is not an antique store per se, though you can find exquisite Lenox china table settings that are more than 50 years old. She has a real affinity for artistry and craftsmanship and believes that’s what her customers really care about; just ask her to show off a delicate crystal liqueur set or a one-of-a-kind Limoges tea cup. She also comes to her trade with a bit of a calling.
“We live in such a disposable society, lots of plastic forks and paper plates. These goods really speak to another time when we took time to share together, we expressed the value of family and time and friendships, and I hope I can communicate some of that to the younger generation, too.”
Besides consignment goods, Bohon also carries a selection of new tableware and offers a wedding registry service. This summer, she plans to complete a kitchen in the back of the store where she will open “Good Eats Cooking School,” offering cooking classes and demonstrations. “After all, I did run a restaurant!” she says. And later she will have an online store via a new website.
The Cup and Saucer is at 610 Main Street in Woodland. Hours are Monday 4-6, Tuesday through Sunday 10-6.
For more information, call (530) 402-1991.