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Santa Barbara’s Paseo Nuevo mall is getting a boost from some new retailers and the return of a seasonal visitor.
The mall welcomed Maison, a vintage home decorations store that features antiques from estate sales. It opened at 323 Paseo Nuevo.
Owner Shelley Woods held a grand opening party on Thursday night to celebrate her new business endeavor.
“I just love finding treasures,” said Woods, who’s originally from Michigan.
Woods opened her first vintage shop in New York in the 1980s. She said she enjoys visiting estate sales to find rare items.
“A lot of these people have traveled the world,” Woods said. “You never know what you are going to find at people’s houses. You just pick it up and say, ‘Wow, this person probably found this in Venice.'”
She also ran stores in Los Angeles and eventually found Santa Barbara in 2007. In 2019, she had a different shop in Paseo Nuevo, Shelly’s Hollywood.
Now, she has a yearlong lease for the new store. She has spent much of the time during the COVID-19 pandemic searching and finding valuable items that are now in her store.
The name comes from one of Woods’ loves, France. Maison means “home” in French. There’s so much Spanish-related architecture and theme in Santa Barbara, she said, that she wanted to do something different.