Cambria nursery, shop opens downtown with plants, home goods

Indoor plants and home decor are among the offerings at the recently opened Cambria Nursery Downtown store.

Indoor plants and home decor are among the offerings at the recently opened Cambria Nursery Downtown store.

ktanner@thetribunenews.com

A new San Luis Obispo County store specializing in lush indoor plants and cute home decor has ties to the popular Cambria Christmas Market.

Cambria Nursery Downtown is owned by Bram and Tawny Winter, whose father owns Cambria Pines Lodge and the adjacent Cambria Nursery and Florist. Both venues traditionally host the Christmas Market during the holiday season.


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Cambria Nursery Downtown is located at 4039 Burton Drive in Cambria’s East Village business district, in the former home of Oliver’s Twist gift shop. Before that, the building housed the Cambria Fire Department.

The downtown nursery, which quietly opened for business in July, held its formal grand opening on Sept. 2, during the Labor Day holiday weekend.

According to manager Mike Arnold, Cambria Nursery and Florist had always hoped to expand its houseplant section “but we just didn’t have the right space.”

In addition, the nursery business wanted to have “a presence downtown,” Arnold wrote via email.

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Cambria Nursery Downtown is open at 4039 Burton Drive in Cambria, near the creek at the edge of the town’s historic East Village area. Kathe Tanner ktanner@thetribunenews.com

He said the new Burton Drive space is “a great way to bridge the gap between what’s happening in town and our larger property up the hill.”

The Winters siblings closed on the sale of the Cambria Downtown Nursery property in May.

In addition to hotels in Monterey and Oregon, the family owns J. Patrick House and Inn and Sea Otter Inn in Cambria, as well as the site of the former Brambles Dinner House restaurant next door to Cambria Nursery Downtown.

The family continues to develop plans for the future of the former Brambles property at 4005 Burton Drive, according to Bram Winter.

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Indoor plants and home decor are among the offerings at the new Cambria Nursery Downtown store, 4039 Burton Drive in Cambria’s East Village district. Kathe Tanner ktanner@thetribunenews.com

New SLO County store sells indoor plants, home decor

Cambria Nursery Downtown’s primary emphasis is a wide assortment of lush indoor plants.

So far, Arnold said, the most popular varieties there have been the monstera, pothos, spider and money plants.

The shop also features an array of home décor items, such as big pillows embellished with catchy phrases, some food items and lots of locally sourced artwork and products.

“We are so lucky to have so many great local and artisan vendors,” said Arnold, who manages both nursery outlets. “We really wanted to create a space in the shop for them to showcase their goods.

“The ones we selected all carry items that our staff use in their everyday lives, and we feel strongly about the quality of the products they offer.”

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Sally Davis, an artisan and Cambria native, completes her sprawling “Native Tree” art installation on Sept. 1, 2022, at the new Cambria Nursery Downtown store, 4039 Burton Drive in Cambria, Kathe Tanner ktanner@thetribunenews.com

Among the featured artists is Cambria native Sally Davis, whose sprawling, massive “Native Tree” art installation is at center stage in the store.

Davis said it took her 10 weeks to create the sculpture, which features long, slender branches she collected at several Santa Rosa Creek Road ranches before painting them and assembling them at the store.

Davis said her whimsical creations are inspired by the North Coast woods, beach and other areas where she played growing up.

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Mike Arnold, manager of Cambria Nursery and Cambria Nursery Downtown, relaxes at the second store on Sept. 6, 2022. Kathe Tanner ktanner@thetribunenews.com

According to the Cambria Nursery Downtown website, locally made products sold at the business include Cattaneo Bros jerky, Kelpful seaweed products and Life Elements health and beauty products

Among other items for sale include cheese and charcuterie from Little Grazer, cocktail mixers from Root Elixirs, drinks from Whalebird Kombucha and beeswax balms, hand salves and wildflower honey from Creston Bee Co.

There’s even a counter where customers can buy snacks, coffee, tea and other beverages.

They can kick back on a nearby couch in front of a wall decorated with a neon sign reading “Cambria, CA.” and snap selfies.

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Cambria Nursery Downtown manager Mike Arnold poses for a picture on Sept. 6, 2022. Kathe Tanner ktanner@thetribunenews.com

What’s in store for Cambria Nursery Downtown?

According to Arnold, Cambria Nursery Downtown plans to develop further a patio area — adding sit-down tables and areas displaying items for sale.

The business also wants to expand its coffee, tea and snack section into a limited-menu café, he said. However, Arnold doesn’t yet know when that will happen.

Cambria Downtown Nursery is open 9 am to 5 pm daily.

For details, call 805-927-4747, email info@cambrianursery.com or go to cambrianursery.com/cambria-nursery-downtown.

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Sally Davis, an artisan and Cambria native, completes her sprawling “Native Tree” creation on Sept. 1, 2022, at the new Cambria Nursery Downtown store at 4039 Burton Drive. Kathe Tanner ktanner@thetribunenews.com

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Kathe Tanner has been writing about the people and places of SLO County’s North Coast since 1981, first as a columnist and then also as a reporter. Her career has included stints as a bakery owner, public relations director, radio host, trail guide and jewelry designer. She has been a resident of Cambria for more than four decades, and if it’s happening in town, Kathe knows about it.

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