Monday Dec 14 2009
It's Christmas year-round at Dorothea's
By: Laura Newell The Telegraph
Local shop is staple for holiday decorations
While December brings Christmas each year to all, Dorothea’s brings Christmas all year round to Folsom. Located in the Historic District of Folsom at 801 Sutter St., Dorothea’s Christmas Collectables and Fine Gifts spreads Christmas cheer to customers no matter the season. “Our aunts opened the store 45 years ago, and after we bought it we continued the theme of Christmas,” said Marjorie Yohner, 60, co-owner of Dorothea’s. Yohner co-owns the shop with her sister-in-law, Lyda Harley, 60. They bought the shop in August 1980. “We get a lot of locals visiting our store from generations to generations, and the cool thing is that our customers now are our first generation’s grandkids,” Yohner said. Harley said that the shop opened in 1964 simply because her aunts loved Christmas in Folsom, and wanted to spread the cheer all year round. Yohner and Harley also loved the joyful season and soon made Folsom their second home. “Folsom is home to us because we have been here for so long – it’s our community,” said Harley of Granite Bay. Dorothea’s specializes in a wide variety of merchandise and collectables including Christmas decorations and ornaments, Fiestaware collectables and seasonal collectables and ornaments. “We have a wonderful selection,” said Yohner. “People can get great decorating ideas. When you walk in, it just hits you.” Visiting tourist Mark Coo, 37, decided to take a stroll down Sutter Street for some Christmas shopping before traveling home to England and found Dorothea’s to be his one-stop-shop for Christmas. “I think Folsom is more attractive than Sacramento. It looks so creative here, so I wanted to walk around,” Coo said. Whether you are shopping for Christmas ornaments or unique collectables, Dorothea’s plans to stay available to customers throughout the year and the owners said stability has kept the shop open for 45 years. “We will never change, I think the people would be mad if we did,” said Yohner.