Shop's new Folsom Sutter Street space isn't too shabby

10 women bring skills, crafts to new retail space in heart of town
By: Don Chaddock, Managing Editor
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Not Too Shabby
Where: 729 Sutter St., Folsom
Phone: (916) 985-8979


FOLSOM CA - A local business is bucking the trend of downsizing, opting instead to go big.

Not Too Shabby, an eclectic home décor and gift shop in Folsom’s Historic Business District, doubled the size of their shop, moved to a more central location on Sutter Street and have expanded their customer services offerings, such as classes.

The new 1,400-square-foot shop offers everything from chairs and tables to pieces of artwork and decorations.

The store was started seven years ago on Riley Street and Sutter, near the Folsom Hotel. It is now located near Snook’s at 729 Sutter St. in Folsom.

“We’ve been in this space less than two months. There are 10 of us who work here,” said partner Kim Mazzei. “We all make something like paint, refurbish vintage furniture and things like that. It’s an eclectic group, but everything melds perfectly.”

She said the items, even though all crafted or refurbished by 10 different people, all blend in the store.

“In here, we mix everybody’s stuff together,” she said.

What makes Not Too Shabby unique?

“We’re very helpful,” Mazzei said with a laugh. “We also sell the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, a water-based paint made in the U.S. It sticks to anything so you don’t have to strip, prime or otherwise prep anything. We teach classes on how to use it.”

Items in the store range in price from $2 to $800.

“We have a solid price range,” Mazzei said. “And, if you look around, Christmas exploded in here.”

She said the store offers seasonal as well as everyday décor.

The staff is able to help people match items with things they already have in their homes.

“People bring in their pictures of furniture of something they want to match and we help them,” Mazzei said. “People have brought in curtains, pillow shams and everything else to help match. It’s so funny.”

Owner Bobby Eddy, who founded the store, restored a 400-year-old hutch, which is on display in the store.

“I worked on it for five years. It was a labor of love,” Eddy said. “I replaced the doors that were ruined by copper inserts, repaired the damaged back and replaced some of the trim.”

Eddy is thrilled with the new space and the location.

“We’re always full now,” she said. “We also have a lot more men coming in. We’re looking forward to being in the center (of the district) and being close to the tree lighting and the ice rink.”