When Mark and Sara Perdigao opened Harmony Ridge market on Highway 20 and five miles outside of Nevada City 12 years ago, it was a very good thing. But something was missing – a downtown location.
So in 2013 they opened a second Harmony Ridge Market at 115 S. Pine St. where the store thrived and grew to fill the space entirely. More recently, when the long-time business Tanglewood Forest closed its doors right next to Harmony Ridge Market, Mark and Sara seized the opportunity to realize yet another dream – to open a fun, whimsy-filled shop full of practical sensual “oddities” rarely found in downtown Nevada City. They opened that shop in March and call it Wonderland.
The store is loosely based on “Alice in Wonderland” and highlights eclectic colors, novelty gifts, jewelry, bath products, clothing from Nepal and Katmandu, body jewelry, smoking accessories and soon fine cigars.
“We love downtown, and we were growing out of our space next door in the market. So when this space became available, we decided to go for it and offer some fun, unique merchandise not normally found downtown,” Mark said. “In doing so, we freed up enough space on the market side to put in some inside seating for our deli customers convenience.”
In response to many inquiries from out-of-town visitors and guests at various downtown events, Mark and Sara are on the verge of having the only humidor in town.
“It’s on the way here from Florida now. We’ve had many market shoppers interested in buying fine cigars to celebrate whatever occasion brings them to Nevada City, and now we will be able to offer fine tobacco and cigars kept in a humidor for maximum flavor preservation,” Mark said. “We’ve always wanted a shop like this, and we are so happy that we got the opportunity to have both our businesses under one roof in downtown Nevada City”.
Other gifts include fair trade bead and fused-glass jewelry from Guatemala, sterling silver and semi-precious stone jewelry made by local artist Rebel Wrapt of Auburn and popular sea-themed air plants from San Diego that resemble sea animals like octopus, squid and jelly fish. For “Alice in Wonderland” devotees, one-of-a-kind prints on antique dictionary pages are available from a company in San Francisco. Very unique and oddly appealing indeed.
Wonderland hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m Monday – Saturday. For more information, call 530-265-0588.