California Sister Plant & Flower Celebrates Three Years at the Barlow

California Sisters co-founders Kathrin Green, left, and Nichole Skalski.

Proud to support the “Slow Flower” movement, California Sister celebrates its third anniversary on June 21 with an open house including treats, sparkling wine, a fresh floral selfie wall, great discounts, and more.

Honoring the summer solstice as well as celebrating its anniversary in the Barlow, California Sister invites the public to swing by for a bit of bubbles among its collection of potted houseplants, hanging air plants, fresh flower bouquets, and one-of-a-kind treasures.

Part florist shop, part garden shop, and part gift boutique, California Sister’s collection of vintage finds, jewelry, floral products, plants, personal care items, greeting cards, and gardening essentials reflects the varied interests of co-founder Nichole Skalski (above, right).

An aspiring artist with a background in business, Nichole lets her love of beauty guide her merchandizing for the store. Co-founder Kathrin Green (left) uses her decades of retail experience to ensure that this two-part business, both design  and decorative, thrives.

Named for a type of butterfly that coexists with Northern California’s native oak, California Sister is a natural outgrowth of Nichole’s work with the Sonoma Flower Mart, which purveys primarily Sonoma County-grown stems and flowers.

The so-called Slow Flower movement is a defining philosophy, focusing on locally grown flora that reflect the environment around us exactly as it is today, rather than importing flowers from half a world away.

“I will guarantee that a local flower will last longer than flown in from another country,” Nichole says. “And I know that the farmer who produced that flower gave it her best — because I know that farmer.”

In addition to wild and cultivated plants and flowers, California Sister carries the Kerosene line of scents handmade in Detroit; the Grass Valley-based Fat and the Moon line of natural cosmetics; Sonoma County artist-made books and jewelry unavailable elsewhere; European and Japanese gardening tools perfect for everyone who loves to putter; and always — more.

“Things are always changing in the store,” Nichole says. “The one constant is that everything we sell and create is here because we find it to be beautiful — and being surrounded by beauty in all forms is incredibly meaningful to us.”

California Sister’s third anniversary open house is slated for Friday, June 21, from 5 to 7pm. 6790 McKinley St., #190, in the Barlow, Sebastopol. Free and open to the public. 707.827.9080.

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