We are Maria Roden and Jane Pakis. Our Book Boutique is full of carefully curated books and coordinating gifts, for adults & children, for the home ….and simply for pleasure.
We met at a local neighborhood party, and when Jane mentioned that she was an interior designer and Maria mentioned that she and her husband were about to embark on a major refurbishment of their home, we got together and found our tastes were very similar. Jane had owned a lifestyle boutique in Chicago before moving to the valley in 2015 and Maria owned and managed a large independent bookstore in the East Bay - Orinda Books - before selling in 2019.
We missed the excitement, personal interaction and creativity of running a
retail business and decided to combine our professions and skills and open
something together, here in our own community.
Inside you’ll find beautiful kid’s picture and board books; cookbooks; gardening & design, coffee table books; art books for both children and adults; local guides, maps and travel books. Paperback fiction will feature novels with an international flavor from Europa Editions (publishers of the bestselling Neapolitan Quartet by Elena Ferrante); New York Review Books; and mysteries from the British Library Crime Classics series.
Each themed section is also enhanced by Jane’s own artwork and prints. Displays are carefully designed to showcase books and gifts thoughtfully. The gardening section might include gardening gloves or beautifully crafted gardening tools; the Cook book section might include block printed napkins, wooden serving utensils, tea towels or trivets. New items are constantly being added and inventory is kept fresh and inviting. The children’s section has felt mobiles and toys, swaddling clothes, and baby onesies. There are puzzles and journals, and purses and bags. Scarves, candles, baskets and handmade ceramics.
And of course, books! We love all the items we stock and hope you do too. And of course, if a book you are looking for is not in stock, we can always order it for you and you can pick it up within a few days.