A Perfect Pairing
January 2010 Issue
A Perfect Pairing
A treat for the senses is how Marie Perkins describes DaVinci’s, her shop in downtown Fremont, that’s part gallery/part café.
“I love seeing someone come in for the first time, because they say ‘wow,’ ” Perkins says. “That’s exactly what we want — the ‘wow’ factor.”
Indeed, there’s much to savor: A tempting array of made-to-order sandwiches, specialty coffees and desserts are served amid 4,000 square feet of art.
What began as a custom-framing business Marie started with her husband, Gary, 25 years ago, has grown into a gallery filled with one-of-a-kind jewelry, glass and prints. Featured artists hail from 37 states and Canada.
“We look for the unusual,” Perkins says. “I want to showcase works people aren’t going to see everywhere. Customers will be giving gifts that are truly unique.”
Best-sellers include selections from DaVinci’s assortment of pottery, comprised primarily of pieces that are dishwasher- and microwave-safe (a testament to Marie’s passion for cooking), and pens, wine stoppers and bowls Gary has fashioned from wood.
For lunch, try one of the artist-inspired panini sandwiches. Favorites include the Rubens (a classic reuben of corned beef, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut and Thousand Island dressing served on marble rye) or the Van Gogh (a vegetarian mix of tomatoes, greens, cheese and garlic pesto on ciabatta bread). Be sure to save room for Marie’s favorite dessert, the Raving, Craving Chocolate Cake.
“Gary always said he’d have a business of his own, but we couldn’t imagine what it would be,” Perkins says. “I never would have dreamed it’d be this, but it’s worked out nicely. We get to come to work every day and be surrounded by beautiful things.” For more information, visit artsandcoffee.com