Vintage, furniture shops have called Santa Rosa’s Railroad Square home for decades

In Santa Rosa’s Historic Railroad Square, four stores have something in common besides location. Their decades in business, supported by their principles and their customer service, keep valued patrons returning year after year and bring in new clientele excited to shop even during the ongoing pandemic.

Whistlestop Antiques

Among the biggest draws attracting newcomers to the antique shop are the big display windows. The ever-changing displays are constantly refreshed by one of the dealers who aims to showcase eye-turning goods with the hopes a treasure will soon find a new home.

Whistlestop Antiques got its start in Railroad Square when rent was just 10 cents a square foot. Forty-eight years ago, Barbara and Russell Donahue rented half of a former auto repair facility for an antiques and secondhand store.

“Railroad Square was considered a colorful area in 1974,” Barbara Donahue said.

Three years later, the business was doing so well,

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Toddler Spends Nearly $2,000 On Walmart Furniture On Mom’s Phone

We’ve all done exactly what New Jersey mom Madhu Kumar did when online shopping; put some things in our cart and just leave them to sit there while we consider. It’s just another step along the decision-making process when buying something online, the final step being to place the order. Which Madhu’s toddler son did when he enjoyed a little online shopping spree at Walmart on her phone. All of the sudden Madhu and her husband Pramod were getting packages in the mail and had no idea where they were coming from… but now they know. Their 2-year-old knows how to shop.

Madhu told CNN that she had put about a dozen chairs in her Walmart cart, thinking she would go back and choose the few she wanted after the fact. After she let her 22-month-old son Ayaansh play with her phone, it seemed he accidentally made the decision

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Style Icon Jenna Lyons Makes Her Furniture Debut

Jenna Lyons in her Soho loft with a lamp, tables, and dining chair from her new furniture collection with Roll & Hill.

“I love playing with materials,” says Jenna Lyons, the New York-based fashion designer, style icon, and television personality. As the longtime creative force behind J.Crew, she made her name putting quirky-cool twists on preppy classics, layering chunky necklaces and sweatshirts with oversized blazers and pairing denim button-downs with, well, basically anything—even eveningwear. On our recent Zoom call, she wore a classic striped oxford and a navy trucker hat emblazoned with the Roll & Hill logo, a clue to her latest project: a debut collection of furniture with the hit Brooklyn brand.

After decorating her own trendsetting homes—the Park Slope brownstone, the SoHo loft—and overseeing the visual identity for countless stores, furniture was a natural pivot. “Design, for me, has always been about solving a problem,” she explains, posing

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