i stayed open late last night at the shop. it was the “festival of lights”, a small town event that draws all the locals as well as people from san francisco. it was interesting .. it’s like the city mouse and the country mouse a little. and funny to be on this side of things, to be the person from the small town and call it home. the store seems to be a bit of a magnet for people looking for something different. i’ve met people i had no idea were here. a few older moms like me from oakland and san francisco, who moved out here once they started having kids. they were interesting, relaxed, cool .. self-employed! both of my teenage models from the past year stopped by, paris (above right) and lara. i found paris through becky (pictured with her husband and baby). becky is also a designer from placerville and a very good one at that. she and her sister had the award-winning label velvet leaf a few years ago. she still designs and sells great vintage finds through her online shop. becky took over my old studio on main street after i moved out. turns out the shop is a great place to make friends ..