A Winters Express opinion column
By Richard Kleeberg
Special to the Express
The past 18 months have been extremely difficult for small businesses in downtown Winters. With so many of us staying home because of COVID, there have been very few local residents doing much shopping in our downtown area.
But now that things are getting better, people are back out and walking the downtown streets again. I want to tell you about some new businesses that either opened just before the COVID pandemic began, or have opened during the pandemic. These Winters business need you to come by and shop.
The Farmers Closet is a wonderful new shop located one store down from Putah Creek Cafe, in the spot where Cloth Carousel (the quilt store), used to be. You’ll find clothing, jewelry, greeting cards, and some wonderful wall art. Prices at the Farmers Closet are surprisingly low; you’ll definitely find something you want to have, or want to give as a gift. And don’t miss the awesome 10-foot long tin pick-up truck on display inside the store.
Christian’s Corner Lifestyle Boutique is located inside Steady Eddy’s Coffee Roasting facility, between Pizza Factory and R & V Screen Printing. Christian Duran’s small shop is packed with beautiful items – both men’s and women’s clothing, jewelry, and numerous fashion accessories. Christian’s Corner also offers a vintage line of purses, cashmere items and more.
The Winters Collective, between ACE Hardware and El Pueblo Taqueria, contains nearly a dozen small businesses. They offer home decor, flowers, plants, clothing for adults, kids & babies, jewelry, chalk paint, wall art by local artists, custom balloons, olive oil, honey and tea, party supplies and gifts. The Collective also offers creative classes and events, including floral workshops, kids’ art classes, skincare and wellness classes, and fashion shows.
The Kona Ice Shop has become a very popular place for everyone who loves ices, frozen yogurt, and ice cream, all available with a wide selection of sweet toppings. Kona Ice is located next to Berryessa Gap.
Yolo Pharmacy has recently opened on Main Street, where Winters Healthcare once was, near ACE Hardware and next to the Pocket Park. Our new local pharmacy offers a place to get your prescriptions filled without leaving Winters, and a good selection of healthcare necessities.
ZenTerra Spa, located at Hotel Winters, offers a quiet place for relaxation and wellness. They have specially designed treatments including a variety of facials, foot baths and massages for both individuals and couples. ZenTerra will help you decompress, relax and restore.
Mandy Jester Photography, which opened just a couple of weeks ago, is located right between Kona Ice and Farmers Closet, two doors down from Putah Creek Café. Mandy is a tremendous photographer, who specializes in taking pictures of babies, children and families. Her photos of very young children are simply remarkable!
Two well-known downtown stores, Bella’s Boutique and Adry’s Fiesta Boutique, have moved from one side of Main Street to the other. Bella’s Boutique can now be found two doors down from Berryessa Gap. It is a new location for Bella’s, but you will continue to find a stunning collection of lovely costume jewelry, at amazingly low prices, along with clothing and fashion accessories.
Adry’s Fiesta Boutique is now at the corner of First Street, next door to El Pueblo Taqueria. Adry’s features Mexican clothing and textiles, boots, hats, formal wear rentals, party supplies and accessories for weddings, communions and quinceaneras, plus jewelry and gifts.
Also new on Main Street is Muertos Coffee Company, located next to Ireland Real Estate/Insurance. Muertos is a group of firefighters who provide coffee to fire stations and first responders. And it looks like Anona Studio and Art Gallery will be opening soon, just two doors down from the Buckhorn.
Kimberly Unger Yoga Studio is located on First Street, around the corner from Adry’s Fiesta Boutique. Kimberly Unger Yoga offers classes, workshops, and individual lessons, for adults and children. She focuses on Vinyasa style yoga, along with meditation and breathwork.
And at the same location as Kimberly Unger Yoga, you will find both Applegate Dance Studio, and Community Spirit Martial Arts. Applegate Dance offers ballet classes for boys and girls, and will offer instruction in other dance styles soon. Community Spirit is a martial arts academy, specializing in teaching Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, along with Judo and Muay Thai Kickboxing.
And finally, don’t forget to visit The 128 Hall & Kitchen, which is a new restaurant and rental hall. The 128 offers a bar with a rotating pub food menu, live music, a large rental space with seating for 100, and catering services. The 128 is located on Grant Avenue, where Tomats restaurant was so popular for years.
The COVID pandemic has made this a terribly hard economic time for local businesses to survive. Please visit these new Winters businesses, and stop and shop at your old favorites, too. Spend your dollars in Winters and support our local stores.