Charpoys and linens and pillows, oh my!
FALLS VILLAGE — If the bleak midwinter is getting you down, a visit to John Robshaw’s shop in Falls Village is just the thing.
The store is at 5 Route 7, at the intersection of Route 7 and Main Street, across the street from Torrington Savings Bank.
And it is chock-full of colorful and unique items: bedding, blankets, unusual furniture.
Maryssa Cook-Obregon, who entertained a visitor while Robshaw attended to something upstairs, explained that “John Robshaw” is both a person and a brand based in New York City.
Robshaw said he’s been a part-timer in Sharon for some 20 years, and as he was spending more time here decided to open a retail store in the Northwest Corner.
Many items are examples of Indian block printing. In the barn down the driveway Robshaw has a collection of the actual carved blocks. Not to mention a couple of charpoys — a cross between a cot and a hammock.
“It’s like a hammock you can’t fall out of,” said Robshaw.
Robshaw’s ad lib dissertation on the block printing process alone is worth the visit.
“Eclectic” is too small a word for this place. The website goes into detail, but the online visitor will miss the overall experience — not to mention the Greek columns, weathered doors and other funky aspects of the interior.
The shop hours are Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., or by appointment.
Go to www.johnrobshaw.com for more information.