Napa Live: Inside at The Playful Garden!


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Have you ever heard Bohemian Nouveau? This wholesome, home-grown genre was created by local musicians John Kelly and Jennifer Jekel. Come to The Playful Garden this Sunday from 1-4pm to experience the music of this awesome duo! John’s vocals of traditional Celtic songs accompanied by Jennifer on mandolin, or Jennifer’s melodic and sensual mandolin accompanied by John’s bass-y and clever guitar will bring a smile to any audience, whisking the listener away to some far corner of the world through song.


We are thrilled to be showing the work of three new local artists at The Playful Garden:Crane

Juliane Poirier

Juliane uses watercolor, gouache and colored pencil to create highly stylized images of nature. An artist since childhood, she was influenced by her mother, Mary Jane Poirier and grandfather, Adelard Daniel Poirier, both highly-skilled representational artists. Juliane believes art is a spiritual path; she creates images purely for the sake of bringing joy and comfort to herself and others.


saguaro&woodpecker_dove_edited-1Kathy Dennett

Kathy has been painting Pennsylvania-Dutch hex signs (folk art in the round) for over 15 years. Many locals will remember (and may have purchased!) her beautiful, symmetrical signs which were displayed at the former Pearl Restaurant in Napa. In addition to painting in the round, Kathy also started painting with oils on canvas. “Loosing the rules of symmetry is quite freeing!” she says. Her oil paintings are colorful and stunning. You may see some of them incorporated into wine labels as well.

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Deborah Childress is a mixed media sculptor born in Marin County. She captures the elegance of botanical elements in her rich, detailed mirror frames, panels and boxes.

Deborah’s products are made using natural materials for impressions, then making two to four molds before going into production. Each minutely-detailed piece is hand cast individually in fiber-reinforced gypsum, hand detailed, then patinaed with four to six layers of metallic pigment. The result is a structurally strong, relatively light product that looks and feels like metal.

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Deborah will be setting up a large display of her work at The Playful Garden especially for Sunday’s “Napa Live” Event and she will be offering a 10% discount to attendees!

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We look forward to seeing you this Sunday afternoon at The Playful Garden, 1201 First St. at the corner of First and Coombs!


June 3, 2016 at 12:15 am Leave a comment

Artist Juliane Poirier — Opening Reception

Rooster Head (2)Please join us this Saturday, May 7 from 1-4pm for Juliane Poirier’s Opening Reception and the debut of her new watercolors!

Juliane uses watercolor, gouache and colored pencil to create highly stylized images of nature. An artist since childhood, she was influenced by her mother, Mary Jane Poirier and grandfather, Adelard Daniel Poirier, both highly-skilled representational artists. Juliane believes art is a spiritual path; she creates images purely for the sake of bringing joy and comfort to herself and others.

Enjoy live music, coffee, tea and cookies while you admire her delightful artwork (which would make a perfect gift for Mother’s Day!).

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May 4, 2016 at 8:45 pm Leave a comment

Upcoming Pottery Gift Show at The Playful Garden!

seeds of gratitudeHello from The Playful Garden! This Saturday, May 2nd from 10am-3pm, four ceramic artists are coming together for a very special Pottery Gift Show at The Playful Garden! Ellen Sachtschale, Eva Sachtschale, Miriam Jewell and Julie Langley have created unique and thoughtful gifts for Mom and other special people in your life. Their pottery is perfect for Mother’s Day, Graduation and gifts for all occasions. (We also have many other fun products at “The Garden” that are perfect for Mom!) Hope to see you at the show!

Best wishes,

Your friends at The Playful Garden

Pictured above: Seeds of Gratitude…a lasting and memorable way to tell someone what a difference they make in your life. Just write a heartfelt message on the paper that is rolled up inside to thank someone for an act of kindness, or for their friendship and love.

April 29, 2015 at 9:50 pm Leave a comment

Downtown Napa $500 Shopping Spree!

shopping spreeThe merchants in Downtown Napa want to thank those who are making the effort to shop, sip, dine and play downtown during construction of the new sidewalks, so we’re giving away a weekly $500 SHOPPING SPREE! Ask for a registration form at the businesses on First St. and enter for a chance to win a weekly drawing for $500 in gift certificates from downtown businesses. One winner will be drawn every Monday for a period of four weeks. Entry forms and sweepstakes rules are posted at The Playful Garden and most all of the businesses listed below. Last date to enter is Sunday, 6/1/14.

SHOPS & SERVICES: Amica Studios, Anette’s Chocolates, BOHO Lifestyle, Brunilda’s Bridal, Darin’s Gun Exchange, Inti, Kohl’s, LeMelange, Lucero Olive Co., McCaulou’s, Miyamo, Napa Bella, Napa Cigars, Napa Tourist Information Center, Napa Valley Casual, Napa Valley Jewelers, Napa Valley Olive Oil, Replay Sports, Sala Salon, The Beaded Nomad, The Mustard Seed Clothing Co., The Napa Valley Toy Co., The Playful Garden, West End Napa, Williamson & Company Men’s Clothing, Wildcat Clothing Co., Yarns on First

RESTAURANTS: Andaz Napa, Bounty Hunter, Don Perico, Eiko’s, Empire Napa, Jax Diner, John Anthony, Naked Wines, Norman Rose Tavern, Oenotri, Ristorante Allegria, Shiro, Small World Restaurant, Starbucks, Subway, Sushi Mambo, Tarla Mediterranean Grill

ARTS & CULTURE: Artist of the Valley Gallery, Gordon Huether Gallery, Napa County Historical Society, Napa County Landmarks, Quent Cordair Fine Art, Thomas Kinkade of Napa Valley

WINE TASTING ROOMS: Capp Heritage Vineyards, Ceja Vineyards, Cult Following, John Anthony, Mark Herold Wines, Naked Wines, PureCru, Square One, Trahan Winery, Vermeil Wines

Good luck and thank you for visiting our businesses and supporting our Downtown!

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May 16, 2014 at 11:55 pm 2 comments

Win a $500 shopping spree in Downtown Napa!

Dear Playful Garden customers and friends,

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Thank you so much to those who have continued to shop at The Playful Garden and in Downtown Napa during the recent reconstruction of our Downtown! At this point (from now until after Mother’s Day), the sidewalk is not torn up in front of our store and on our block. Yea! We’ve checked the parking lot in back of our building (at Coombs and Second Street) and there is consistently plenty of available parking there.

If you’d like to shop at The Playful Garden for Mother’s Day gifts, we’d of course like to encourage you to do so despite the construction going on Downtown. For you ease, plan your shopping trips Mon.-Fri. between 10am-12pm–or the late afternoon, as the construction workers wrap it up around 3:30pm on weekdays. We’re open until 5:30pm, but if you can’t make it in by 5:30, give us a call at 258-8880 and we’ll stay open for you.

The Playful Garden is filled with special gifts for Mom, from jewelry to garden art–and wrapping is always complimentary.

We are extremely thankful to our customers for helping us get through this challenging time. As a way of saying, “Thank You”–we hope that you’ll take advantage of our 10% Construction Discount while the construction is going on. Just ask for the “Construction Discount” when you check out!

In addition to our promotion, starting today 5/7, you can enter to win a $500 Shopping Spree in Downtown Napa to be given to one lucky winner once a week for the next four weeks!  Enter at The Playful Garden and most all of the First Street (and nearby) businesses in Downtown Napa!

Hope to see you soon–

The Playful Garden Staff, 1201 First St., Napa, CA  707-258-8880

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May 7, 2014 at 2:34 pm Leave a comment

Please vote for us!

VOTE frogThe Playful Garden has been nominated for BEST place to pick up a hostess gift in the S.F. City Voter contest. With only a few days left to vote, we’re presently running a close 2nd. Your vote could make a huge difference! Would you take a moment to vote for us?

Thank you so much for your help!

The Playful Garden Staff

February 26, 2014 at 5:05 pm Leave a comment

Upcoming Holiday Events

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Cheers from The Playful Garden! We have two fun holiday events coming up:


Please join us this Saturday afternoon for a book-signing event with local author Roseanne Kirby. 10% of our sales during the event will benefit the Napa County Animal Shelter. If you have any used towels or blankets to spare, please bring them with you to help keep the animals warm at the shelter. Hot apple cider and goodies for canines (and their owners) will be served. Take a free ride around town on the Holiday Wine Trolley after the event (see information below).

Thursday, 12/12, 4-7PM

Mark your calendars for a jewelry trunk show you won’t want to miss. Next Thursday, December 12 from 4-7PM, local artist Sonia Lub will be sharing a larger selection of her unique jewelry which is already on display at The Playful Garden. Beautiful jewelry. Beautiful person. Come join us!


Hop on the Horse & Carriage at the corner of Coombs & First (Coombs Plaza) for a free ride around town from 4:30-7:30PM every Thursday before Christmas. This coming Thursday, stop by The Playful Garden for Sonia’s jewelry trunk show and warm up with a hot cup of apple cider and holiday treats!

Free trolley rides on the festive Holiday Wine Trolley in Downtown Napa every Fri., Sat. & Sun. from 3-6PM! The Trolley loop stops at four locations: The Andaz Hotel, Napa River Inn, Oxbow Public Market and Main and Pearl. Come on down, get on the trolley and be a tourist in your own town this holiday season.

Before or after your horse and carriage or trolley ride, stop by The Playful Garden to shop for unique holiday gifts. Our hours have been extended for your shopping convenience (see hours below). We have new products for you to see, and we’d love to see you, too!

Happy Holidays from The Playful Garden Staff

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1201 First St., Napa, CA  707-258-8880

Holiday Hours: Mon.-Wed. 10AM-6PM, Thurs.-Sat. 10AM-8PM, Sun. 11AM-5PM

December 6, 2013 at 5:45 pm Leave a comment

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