Robin Peterson isn’t the type who runs short on things to keep herself busy. With a 4-year-old boy and and a 2-year-old little girl running around at home, and her husband working full-time as an equipment manager in Los Osos, she has a lot on her plate. Locals may also know her from her work as a massage therapist in Templeton. While keeping that practice going with appointments at least two days a week, she decided to start another business. This one branches out her skill set with a project helping other local entrepreneurs find a unique way to reach local customers in Atascadero, 805-Boutiques, a pop up shopping event.
Holding four themed events a year, with as many as 85 vendors, 805-Boutiques gives local artisans, handi-crafters and other independent businesses who may not be interested in a traditional storefront for a variety of reasons, a beautiful place to sell their wares without the hassle of renting a brick and mortar or going through consignment.
Or, as she describes it on their Facebook page, “In 2016, I began an epic adventure. I decided our local small business owners needed a better way to position their business to local customers. A way that didn’t involve a dedicated store front. No huge overhead. No crazy commissions.”
While the venues have changed as the events grew, with her learning along the way, Peterson says she’s hit her stride now with the pattern of Spring, Summer and Fall events at SpringHill Suites by Marriott in Atascadero.
“We outgrew everywhere we’ve held them and we’re bursting at the seams again,” she said of the ballroom and grounds at SpringHill Suites. In August they coupled the Back to School themed fair with a visit from the United Blood services mobile collection vehicle, in a successful charity drive, but visitors shouldn’t expect to get pricked — unless it’s by a pine tree — at the next event.
Coming up on Nov. 10 will be the 3rd Annual 805-Holiday Boutique helps “kick off your holiday shopping spree!”
More than 73 vendors are already booked, but there may be room for a seasonal dozen more.
Peterson says she’s got room for 85 booths, and that many of participants sold out of stock at the last two events as approximately 1,200 shoppers came down.
The 805-Holiday Boutique runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Nov. 10. To find out more about vendors expected, go online to facebook.com/805Boutiques/or call Peterson at 805-215-3100 to inquire about becoming a seller.