THE COUNTRY PORCH: NOT JUST OLD BUT AN ANTIQUE
The Country Porch. Makes you think of sitting on a rocking chair on an old dilapidated wood floor, sipping a cool cider. In reality, it is a store located in Temecula full of old stuff. Junk to some, gold to others. Oh, and the old stuff is referred to as antique. To be old is one thing and not of value. To be an antique the price tag goes up. Way up. I remember spotting an antique lunch pail that looked a lot like the one I threw away in third grade because it was old. Well, that old became antique and the price became priceless.
Antique stores in the past have always made me feel like I was looking for a handout. Now, I better have my wallet stuffed, because it feels more like an upscale department store. At least, the Country Porch felt that way. Wow! Hold on to that old pipe that Uncle Bill hung off his lower lip. It might be a hand made, rare wood, one of a kind, major pipe artist name that is hard to find today and worth a fortune. Come on, I've watched the Antique Road Show on the old telly and some of those old things shown by the program are true antiques worth up to $50,000. If you think that's blowing smoke in your eyes. Look inside an antique store in your neighborhood. If only I could find something that was old that one day could become an antique. Guess I'll have to wait a few more years and then have a good look in the mirror.
What to buy: The Country Porch is for the antique buff. If you are into really, really old stuff that might be half worn out or hasn't been in production for over 50 years then you are into antiques. I must admit that even I saw a few things that made me remember my childhood but I have a hard time buying something old for a lot of money when I can buy something new for a lot less. What is fun is to walk through the Country Porch and see how many things you can remember that were commonplace in your youth but hard to find now. Who knows, you may become so attached to that old, I mean antique, pot you spot that you will have to have it. If you purchase something, you just might be turning into an antique buff.
What to pay: If hard to find, one of a kind, a lot.
- Road Trip
- Women's Travel
TEMECULA OLIVE OIL COMPANY: OIL, OLIVE OIL, THAT IS.
OLIVE OIL. Yes, a store that is dedicated to the precious oil, olive oil, that is. This store has many types of olive oils, eight that I counted, from a limited production Fresh Basil olive oil to my favorite, the Roasted Garlic olive oil, as well as the different artisan foods that accompany fine dining are ready to pack and take home with you. The best part of the store is that they are family owned, grow their own olive groves, and process their own product. As they say, "May "olive" your dreams come true".
Temecula Olive Oil Company now has two locations. This one in Old Town Temecula and a new store in Old Town San Diego. 2754 Calhoun St. #1, Plaza Del Pasado. Phone 619 293-7515. Look for them if you are in either Old Town, Temecula or San Diego.
What to buy: My wife insisted that I try all eight varieties of olive oil at home with the many dishes that I now and then create. Of course, my wife is a gourmet cook, while I am the chef, so her word is solid. Eight bottles of olive oil, well, 7 1/2 bottles now. I tried out the Fresh Basil on some feta cheese, coated in grated black pepper. Simple, but oh, so yummy.
- Food and Dining
- Road Trip
OLD TOWN LEATHER: BIKERS LEATHER SHOP
Leather is the shop, leather is the goods, Leather is the man, and it is bikers heaven. The owner of this shop, Leather, makes most of his goods for those that take to the road with two wheels. His label is "Bonewrap" biker gear, but he sells all sorts of accessories for the biker.
What to buy: Leather's "Bonewrap" label gear is only availble at the store. Check out his webpage for the catalog page and photo page.
- Road Trip
The Alley: Unique Gifts in Temecula
The Alley has an incredible selection of gifts and decorative accessories from around the world. Mexican pottery, large and small decorative mirrors, iron grill wall-hangings, tassels and tie-backs, lamps, bronze statues, pillows, vases, tapestry wall-hangings, tabletop and a whole lot more. They have kitchen accessories and gadgets of every variety under the sun. A trip through The Alley is like a journey of discovery. The place is so loaded with merchandise that when you pick up something out of the jungle of items, you really feel like you've made a real find. And their prices are incredible.
What to buy: Unique gifts and home decor. If you're looking for a kitchen gadget you haven't been able to find, you'll probably find it here.
What to pay: .99 to $999.00
I Love Clocks: Inique Clocks & Gifts
Here at I Love Clocks, we have been selling quality anniversary clocks, cuckoo clocks, grandfather clocks, mantel clocks and wall clocks for more than 20 years! The newest members to our clock family are the exciting Rhythm clocks, which play music as they go through all sorts of fun animations!
What to buy: Any clock in the store will be a find. They are all unique in their own way.
What to pay: Between $40.00 to $2000.00
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- Arts and Culture
Mall: Promenade Mall
This mall was built in 1999, it has everything you need for shopping. Has Macy's, Sears, JC Penny, Robinson's May, Old Navy and a whole lot more. Edward's Cinemas, great food and surrounded by excellent restaurants and other shopping. Want to go shopping for a day go here!
- Family Travel
Antiques: Antique Shops at Old Town
Great Antique shopping at Old Town Temecula, there are several of them so take a look around. One of them are in a 3 story building with about a hundred little stalls, its like a maze you can get lost, take your time looking for that antique treasure!
What to buy: Antiques if you find a good one at a great price!
What to pay: bargain for antiques
- Family Travel
Outlet Stores!: Lake Elsinore Outlet
Well what else do I have to say?? ITS AN OUTLET STORE! Get your butts in there! LOL, it is about 20 minutes drive from Temecula, just go north on the 15 and you wont miss it. It has a huge SONY OUTLET, 1 only 2 in California (other one is near San Francisco), Nike, Liz Claiborne, Corian, everything that you need! It's not a crowded outlet either (except during holidays), check it out! The Sony outlet usually has great deals, some of their merchandise is refurbished but has the same warranty as a factory new one (refurbish means they were returned to the store maybe for customer reasons or it wasnt working at first at the factory and had to be redone, in any case it means they fixed it and is working now. In my opinion its actually better because they already tested the item and fixed it, it definitely woks now!)
What to buy: Anything
What to pay: Its an outlet store, everything is cheaper than regular store