Everything from Grandma’s Kitchen Cupboard to Brand New
Conveniently located directly across the street from City Park, Pink Door Boutique has been a downtown staple for the last four years, offering locals and visitors a unique shopping experience.
“We are now a co-op with eight different vendors selling a variety of goods,” said owner Mary Ylinen. “We offer everything from accessories and home goods to garden décor and one of a kind vintage items and antiques. We aim to be the go-to shop for special gifts that you can’t find anywhere else.”
When Mary originally opened Pink Door Boutique, she just had one vendor and was stocked with primarily apparel and accessories. When Mary saw other shops offering an inventory focused more on home items, she thought that it looked like fun and decided she wanted in on it; so, she gave the store a makeover. “Not everyone wants an antique or something that seems old, so we also offer reproductions and artesian items that we make ourselves,” said Mary. The quaint store also has a garden section out on the patio located in the back. Mary is currently in the middle of revamping the store with a brand-new look, inside and outside, and hosting a re-grand opening in October to show off the fresh approach and get the community buzzing.
Prior to owning her downtown boutique, Mary blinged apparel, traveling to a variety of locations for vendor shows and pop-ups. “After two years, I told my husband that I needed somewhere to settle down,” said Mary. “It was a lot of work loading and setting up, tearing down, and traveling all over the Bay Area. It became too much for me, so he helped me open up my shop.” Despite residing in Antioch, Mary was drawn to the charm of downtown Brentwood.
“I like the fact that it still feels and looks like a small town versus a lot of other areas that are changing.” When it came time to name her shop, Mary turned to her daughter for some inspiration. The two threw around a variety of colors in the name before landing on pink. “My favorite color was pink and there’s a store with the same name in Minneapolis where my daughter lives, so Pink Door Boutique was the winner.”
Pink Door Boutique has something for everyone, from early 20-somethings to individuals in their 80s who can appreciate the oldies that Mary likes to play over the speakers. “If you’re looking for an unusual item, you know where to find it,” said Mary. The store now also offers customizations where customers can bring in a bare piece of furniture, select the paint they want, and Pink Door Boutique will transform it for you. “We’ve got an array of everything you can think of, from grandma’s kitchen cupboard to brand new.”
Business: Pink Door Boutique
Address: 735 Second Street, Brentwood, CA 94513
Tel: (925) 626-5550
Photos by: Ron Essex Photography