Being a 33 year resident of the Central Coast I can remember when The Village was remembered for it’s quaint Branch Street architecture, suspension bridge and annual festivals. A transformation occurred over the past several years and where it used to be primarily filled with antique shops and mom-and-pop style restaurants. Nearly nine years ago the Village welcomed Willis and Bennett Furniture and Decor for the Home and its owners Julie and Greg. After that the Village has become quite diverse with new restaurants and shops popping up all of the time. I would like to say that Willis and Bennett had a hand in showing folks a quality boutique could thrive!
Located in a quaint storefront that extends all the way through and opens to an enclosed porch facing the Gazebo and Bridge, Julie and Greg hand select the gifts, furnishings and home accents from around the world. As a result you will find things like one-of-a-kind jewelry at affordable price points, glassware, sandals, monogrammed canvas bags, armoires, dining tables, love seats, benches and SO much more. When you visit, don’t rush through. There are too many things to miss if you walk to quickly!
This is one of my go-to stops for girlfriend birthday gifts that are distinctive and unlike anything I might find in SLO County. I can also, surprisingly, always find something for my mom — even though her taste tends to the ultra-modern — there are many pieces that can acclimate to any decor. At Christmas time the store is a treasure trove of beautiful decor items and ornaments that I like to leave out all year long they are so unique and exquisite! As previous reviewers have mentioned, this boutique is one that cannot be over-looked on a visit to anywhere in the Five Cities. And like I said, take your time! Every corner, every shelf, and all but a narrow path through the store are filled with items you just won’t want to skip!
129 Olohan Alley
Arroyo Grande, CA 93420