I'm always eager to find exceptionally lovely stores on our travels, and in larger cities you can find them with ease on nearly every street you walk down. In smaller towns, I find that they are harder to come by - but when I do stumble into one, like the stunningly curated Honey & Ro in the tiny, picturesque coastal town of Mendocino, California, I have this crazy need to document and share about it. I absolutely fell in love with the shop, the goods, and the lovely and warm Robyn Leeds, who opened this sweet little store six months ago as a passion project. Honey & Rostands out amongst the galleries and touristy shops that are the norm in Mendocino as a place pleasing to the eye, one that is inviting and interesting, and has a little something for everyone. Robyn chooses items that are a fine balance of local, artisanal goods as well as more widely known makers, and the blend of bath products, candles, home and wearable textiles, select furniture pieces, jewelry, pottery, and hand crafted wood boards are so beautifully put together, it's impossible to leave without an armful of bags. I should know...I had to tear myself away and can't wait to return someday soon and bring home more. I am personally obsessed with Robyn's taste in textiles and the pottery. Please peruse the images below, read Robyn's interview, and follow Honey & Ro on Instagram to get updates on the debut of the online store coming this winter!
1. Tell me a little about yourself, your family, where you live and why, and things you love to do.
My husband and I have lived in Mendocino for about 12 years...we have two children, Henry and Rogan, ages six and three. We love good food, going to the beach, and spending time with our friends.
2. What is your idea of a perfect morning?
I have two versions of a perfect morning...in the first scenario, I get to sleep in, totally uninterrupted and then wake up and have a leisurely cup of coffee. In the second scenario, I wake up early and sneak off to yoga class before anyone else in the house is awake!
3. What made you decide to open Honey & Ro?
Throughout the years, I often thought about opening a store. It never seemed to be the right time to do it. I don't know what shifted, but at a certain point I just decided to do it anyway.
4. When designing the interior of the shop, what aesthetic elements did you want to include and why?
The building Honey & Ro is in has such beautiful bones: we wanted to uncover and expose what was already there. The result is simplicity with slight rustic/industrial flavor. The building used to be a bank many years ago and the original vault is still here. People love this room in the store.
5. How long have you been open?
We opened in March of this year, and the online store is coming this winter! Hopefully Honey & Ro will be a wonderful place for people to visit for many years.
6. You have such a wonderfully curated store, from the local ceramics, the one of a kind furniture pieces (that pouf!), the refillable soaps, bags, handmade jewelry, to the lovely and succinct collection of clothing. What are the main deciding factors that go into choosing pieces for your shop? The diversity seems to offer something for everyone, do you find that is true?
I just buy what I love. I do try to bring unique things into the shop, things that you don't see all the time. I have such a wide variety of customers - I like to have a little of something for everyone.
7. What makes you happiest about being a shop owner?
Honestly, I love going to work at the shop. It's fulfilling on so many levels. I love how excited people are about Honey & Ro. I know what a wonderful experience it can be to go into a store and find beautiful things that resonate with you. The possibility that I have created that kind of store for people is a dream come true.