I am determined to share “A Great Place”with you.
I have visited several times, only to find the shop closed.
I open the gate to the courtyard it shares with The Tuck Box
and admire the facade with its steeply pitched roof.
Louis Anderson built it in April 1929 for P.J.Lemos who used it as a Garden Shop.
I march up the front steps but the dutch door is closed and locked.
While I cool my heels ,I look up at this wonderful art work beneath the eves.
I am snapping shots of the sign
and the porch light
when I see that someone else is waiting for the shop to open.
I note the carving in the windowsill
and the rabbits by the door.
My pal looks up
and directs my camera to the round name plate on the front.
Finally I ask next door at the Tuck Box. They tell me the shop is open on Wednesday – Sunday at 10:30.
I am back at 10:30 and the owner, busy at his computer, gives me permission to photograph the shop.
He grills me on what I know about it and I give all the wrong answers , much to his disgust. I still think this is a Comstock creation until I later refer to Joanne Mathewson’s book.
I climb the stairs to the second floor-
a treasure trove of miscellaneous items. Towels hang from the pitched ceiling .
Light pours in the window curtained in lace.
I love the banisters with the rustic wooden dowels.
Once again downstairs, I am drawn to this window in the back of the shop that overlooks the enchanted garden.
I exit the back
and walk down the garden path to get some shots of the rear.
Birdhouses, garden stakes, trellis, fairy cottages and bird baths clamor for my attention.
I have been looking for a bird house.
The wind sings a little song in the wind chimes reminding me I am joining Bill for lunch in a few minutes so I am back into the shop and reluctantly on my way.
The shop has a lovely website and you can order on-line.
The site announces:
We specialize in bringing you the finest in unique home and garden décor. Our courtyard is shared with the famous Tuck Box Tea Room, one of the most photographed, painted and well-known Comstock buildings in Carmel.