SUISUN VALLEY – There were more people at the Farmer’s Closet for Small Business on Saturday than at Santa’s Workshop.
The thriving business moved into the old Gomer School building on Abernathy Road in May and proved to be another hit for the ‘lifestyle shop’.
Owners and sisters Lacy DeQuattro and Amber Blanc started their business from their home in 2016, going full steam ahead in 2017 as the momentum gathered momentum. They first started it to honor their mother, “Cowboy Nonie”, after she succumbed to cancer. As the business grew, they added two stores – Fairfield in 2018, then one in Winters – and even an app.
Their store in Winters remains, but they moved their location from Fairfield to the historic Gomer School in Suisun Valley. The historic one-room school “petite rouge”, built in 1900, suits their rustic aesthetic perfectly.
The building took a long time to find the right tenants, remaining vacant for a few years after being sold in 2010. But the sisters take their hat off to its history by showcasing old photos of its students. White and DeQuattro have something in common with the sepia-toned children in the photos; they too grew up in the Suisun Valley and still live on a ranch there.
Their father is the former local fire chief and they work in the Suisun Fire Protection District. Saturday was not only a time for shopping, but also a time to raise funds for the work that the Fire District volunteers undertake.
The boutique has been transformed into a holiday market this season, with unique gifts on display in the center. The perimeter is filled with denim, flannel and cotton clothing for stunned and stunned customers to browse. In addition to gifts and clothing, the sisters have hand-made gourmet treats such as caramel corn, olives, focaccia bread, jams, and ingredients for charcuterie boards.
“Our customers are our family,” said DeQuattro, who notes that they proudly serve all sizes, especially “curvy” girls up to size 3X. Using their savvy marketing skills, the sisters say they now ship to at least 37 states.
They pride themselves on their customer service and their “realism”.
“If that doesn’t suit you, we’ll tell you,” DeQuattro said with a laugh.
Both women have families and full-time jobs, but they still enjoy spending whatever time they have left in the farmer’s closet.
“We love it,” Blanc said.
For more information, visit the boutique at 4522 Abernathy Road in rural Fairfield or visit farmercloset.com.