I ended up getting home around 2:30, at which time Craig asked me, "Feel like going sofa shopping?" We want to replace the 15 y/o sofa set we have in the media room, and we have a couple very flush months coming up, so now is the time for us to buy. With Alicia's new boyfriend over at least twice a week, the media room is getting a lot more use and they really hate the couches in there. So it's time. Our only problem is there's nothing local we like. We ended driving out to Berkeley because Craig had found a store that also had a ton of Amish-made wooden furniture. It was a great store, but not for couches. However, when we replace our bedroom set (our current set is a solid oak set we bought used 25 years ago), we are definitely going back. Oh, and when we need to replace our dining room set.
We still had a ton of time, however, and there are a ton of shops in that area, so Alicia and I picked out a different store about a mile down the road to try. It's a custom sofa shop, so I'll admit, I didn't have much hope. But it turned out to be the best decision of our day. It's a small local business, but the owner was amazing. Never tried the hard sell, just told us about all the things he could get customized for us. Plus, it's all quality materials and built in SoCal, so we could have our order in four weeks. We walked out with a variety of specs on the sectional we liked best, but as soon as we were in the car, Craig said, "So we're coming back tomorrow, right?" Because not only was that shop perfect for us, but it's surrounded by all these specialty shops and restaurants. Within three blocks of the store, we found an Indian grocery, two Thai restaurants, a Pakistani restaurant, a Greek deli, two privately owned coffee shops, and a half dozen other shops I'd love to poke my nose into. If we don't go back tomorrow, it's definitely happening next weekend. The specs we brought home are perfect for the media room, and once the kids are out of the house, I'll be able to use it to work comfortably because the sectional has a chaise end.
So yeah. A pretty great Saturday.