Poppies are the state flower of California. Being a native of California, naturally, they are one of my favorite wild flowers. They bloom along the roadside and in meadows during the spring. They are bright and cheerful, whimsical and unexpected. Fond as I am of poppies it’s no surprise that a new gallery called poppies Gallery would capture my attention.
Tucked between a sign shop and a restaurant in the 400 block of First Street in Woodland, California’s historic downtown district, poppies Gallery opened two weeks ago. My favorite part of this shop is the owner – my youngest sister, Dora Martin.
Dora set out to create a place to showcase handcrafted products made by locals, other Californians, and from places further from home but still made in the good old USA. First and foremost is Dora’s own product line, Belle Esse Naturals– hand crafted soaps and shea butter lotion bars, lip balms, bath salts and more
. I haven’t used store bought soap in the 7 years since she introduced her shea butter soap. It is divine. And her lip balm is smooth, wonderful, long lasting, adds a splash of shimmer, and best of all, it’s all natural. I love her products.
Dora’s products are my favorites in her store but there is so much more: Jewelry, stained glass flowers and cat tails on metal sticks, painted sunflowers and rusted birds, one of a kind garments, scarves and tote bags, manzanita walking sticks and chocolate truffles, and of course, poppies!
The gallery, with its brick wall and buffed hardwood floor lends itself to Dora’s interesting display units, some of which she built with stuff she gathered from the scrap piles on our brothers’ farms.
It’s a fun mix of old and new. It’s serious and lighthearted. It’s like the poppies growing along the roadside; bright and cheerful, whimsical and unexpected. It’s poppies Gallery at 418 First Street, Woodland, CA.