Update – unfortunately, O-ville has a general sales tax increase on the ballot for November 2016. If that passes I will not be doing anymore shopping there.
Today my husband and I had a service appointment for our car over in Oroville, so we decided to take a look around their neat little Downtown area. Oroville is one of the oldest towns in California, and they’ve managed to keep an impressive number of old buildings intact, many of them housing successful businesses. If you haven’t finished your Christmas shopping yet, I’d recommend a quick trip over to O-ville.
We had to have our car in the garage at 9, and we knew it would take at least an hour, so we looked online to see what kind of coffee shops we could find within walking distance. About two blocks away we found Mugshots, a neat little arthouse with a good enough cup of Has Beans and a darned good scone. Plus, the walls are lined with local art and photography, even the tables are artsy. It’s a nice crowd, a mixed group of college-age to Gramma-Grampa types. The music is low and friendly, and so is the chatter. We sat in the sunny front window table for about a half hour, read the N&R then picked up our junk and hit the sidewalk looking for some deals.
Ruby’s Boutique on Montgomery is great place to get something for that high school to college-age gal in your life – or your very chic transvestite friend. It’s within my budget, so you’ll probably find something in your price range.
We didn’t encounter any people panhandling us at corners or laying across the sidewalk, but we did encounter friendly people. There are a lot of antique stores in Downtown Oroville, full to the brim with all that stuff from Grandma’s attic and Grandpa’s shop. In fact, the first place we wandered into when we turned the corner out of Ruby’s was Grandma’s Thrift Shop.
Whenever I’m in a thrift shop I look for coffee cups, which just seem to disappear around here. Here’s my fave, already got coffee in it.
I know, I was supposed to be Christmas shopping. Check out this snowman figurine I got for my snowman collecting friend.
I know, I could have bought that at Hallmark a few years ago, but when I dig it out of a shelf full of bazillions of unrelated porcelain figurines, it’s a Find! And, Grandma’s is a charity outfit, so you get more bang for your buck.
The streets are so clean and wide, the shops so colorful, I told my husband, we just have to come here to hang out more often. There’s a very vibrant art scene in O’ville.
We were looking for some sort of mule or donkey art for my father-in-law, who breeds mules and donkeys on his ranch in SoCal. When we saw this shop we hoped to find an outrageous rainbow colored mule.
We left empty-handed, but with a new appreciation for the art scene in Oroville. The shop keeper said she will keep an eye out for donkey art, we’ll be back.
I saw lots of cool shops, met nice people, but never had the nerve to ask to take pictures, sorry. Maybe next time.
Our car had a minor glitch, but it had to be fixed via computer through the dealership, so we were able to ramble the streets for an hour or so before we were called back to fetch our car. Thanks Oroville Ford, for the opportunity to get out and about.