Under the Arbor owners Ricky and Shannon Durgan offer a variety of household gifts, yard art and more at their Mother Lode Drive store in Shingle Springs. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

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Under the Arbor has country chic in mind

By From page B4 | November 07, 2017

Recently celebrating its sixth anniversary, Shingle Springs business Under the Arbor is a country-style gift store with something for everyone at customer friendly prices.

Located at 4120 Sunset Lane right off Mother Lode Drive, the store is a maze of surprises as you wander through each section — all of them filled with unique gifts for the house and garden. Open every day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Under the Arbor is one big store divided into a series of little specialty areas; if one set of items don’t appeal to you, another will.

Owners Ricky and Shannon Durgan, both 32, said they both knew that someday they wanted to open their own store. At the time they took the plunge he was in the landscaping business and she was in auto insurance. They began by renting 500 square feet of the building they’re presently in while also working their other jobs.

But word quickly got out about Under the Arbor. After two months they doubled the footage of the store and within a year they took over the entire building plus outdoor space, some 17,000 square feet in all.

“Customers are amazed at how big it is inside and amazed at the displays and prices,” said Ricky.

A store with a variety of selling arrangements, part of it is devoted to consigned furniture such as antique mirrors, chandeliers, cabinets and other furnishings.

“We get new stuff every day and change up the store regularly,” said Shannon.

The couple also likes to paint furniture, giving it an antique look. “We like to take old furniture and reinvent it,” said Ricky, adding that consigned items are gone within 30 days.

Other parts of the store are rented out to 11 different dealers who individually design what will go in them with items varying from shabby chic to vintage country — everything to help make a home feel warm and cozy. One dealer features soaps and lotions; another iron animals and wine arts; one does what’s called funknard which consists of rustic trays and woodworks; another produces soul signs.

However one part of the store is devoted to a very special dealer.

Shannon’s mother, who years ago had a store on Main Street in Placerville called Laurie’s Loft, has a space in the store featuring an array of unique items. For those with cabins, there are cushions and signs to dress them up. For candle lovers, there are sticks and container candles with a big selection of scents to choose from. And for pet lovers, there are beautiful tea towels with pictures of dogs and cats printed on them.

Ricky said the store also sells the works of dozens of local artists who provide items on consignment — everything from glass art to iron works for the yard. They even have an artist who can make custom signs from wine barrel rings.

With fall finally here, the store now includes many seasonal items.

But don’t limit yourself to just inside the store for there are lots of items in front of and behind the store to check out — large decorative arbors along with colorful metal chickens and sunflowers to add a touch of whimsy to your garden.

And if you don’t see what you want, Shannon said not to worry. On their Facebook page they have a wish list where customers can describe what they are looking for. In turn, the couple will send the customer pictures of what they’ve found that matches.

Dawn Hodson

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