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Home & Patio Expo features eclectic downtown merchants

ENCINITAS — Several merchants showcased their talents by decorating living spaces at the newly opened Pacific Station on Coast Highway 101 during the Downtown Encinitas Mainstreet Association’s first annual Home & Patio Expo. The free two-day event open to the public was well attended June 11 and June 12.
Local furniture and lifestyle merchants furnished the living and dining areas of five vacant units. In addition, other downtown businesses that specialize in home décor, furnishings and home improvement participated in the expo with displays in the common areas of Pacific Station.
Each merchant decorating a space brought something unique to the experience. They include the Community Resource Center Thrift Store, Rustic Rooster, Bliss 101 and Grounded.
“We believe that art, design and nature are all connected. Grounded offers a diverse assortment of unique accessories and furniture that bridges the gap between indoor and outdoor living,” according to owner Juli Risner.
The expo was a unique platform for merchants to inform potential customers about all of their services and merchandise.
“It’s a good chance for some of the people to see how modern furniture can actually fit into a home,” Risner said. “It’s kind of like an idea house. I think it will be a lot of fun. It’s harder to picture how furniture will look in your own home when it’s in a showroom, so actually designing a space will be beneficial.”
Several attendees were inspired by the designs. “I got a lot of really good ideas,” said Melissa Copperton, an Encinitas resident. “It’s so much easier to see how something in a shop can actually fit into your own house when it’s in this kind of setting.”
Donations from the Community Resource Center’s Thrift store provided all of the accessories and furnishings for one of the units.
“I can’t believe what an amazing job they did with other people’s stuff,” said Lynne Singleton, of Oceanside.
The center took the opportunity to advertise an upcoming half-price sale June 24 and June 25. “I’m going to have to come back down for that,” Singleton said as she took a flyer announcing the sale.

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