Bea Meyer, owner of Bea’s Back Porch, demonstrates an old-fashioned Wurlitzer jukebox at her store in Oroville, California, Thursday, March 9, 2023. (Jenny Blevins/Enterprise Records)
OROVILLE — Stepping into Bea’s Back Porch antique store is like stepping back in time.
Bea Meyer, the owner, is very friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable about antiques and other things. Her shop is full of all kinds of treasures. I was immediately drawn to the old-fashioned Coca-Cola her machine. And she has her 1937 Wurlitzer jukebox. they are great I love jukeboxes.
Meyer hosts several art classes with teachers who come to the room at the back of the store to lead the class. Meyer also hosts a Bible study every Thursday at 5:00 pm. She makes soup for the participants. The class is currently discussing the Apocalypse, and everyone is participating in the discussion.
Meyer has a collection of cast iron pots. She also has uranium items that actually light up and all sorts of tin toys. Meyer has hundreds of shippers who bring in goods Meyer sells.
Everywhere you look there are treasures of all kinds, including the little doll carriage I saw and the beautiful Tiffany lamp. I loved cooking and cool china.
Meyer opened its stores in March 2020, just before the COVID-19 pandemic forced the business to close. She’s had to close several times due to fires and she’s COVID-19, but now I’m grateful the store is open all the time.
Before opening Bea’s, she owned Red Barn for four and a half years.
Meyer said Christmas time is very busy. She puts up her big Christmas tree and visits Santa. A photo shoot station allows you to take Christmas photos. Every child can take home her one item from the tree.
In addition, David Knox appears and plays music on the piano.
“I want people to have fun here,” Meyer said. “People need places to hang out and socialize, and I’m giving back to the community.”
About once a month, Mayer has a yard sale in the parking lot.
When she found out that I like ducks, she gave me a stuffed duck that I love.
Meyer has partnered with Debbie Brinton, who, along with her husband Tom Brinton, sells old-fashioned ice cream and baked goods in-store. Her business name is her Deb’s Scones and Cones. She sells pies, scones, banana bread, muffins, and cakes, along with ice cream. Brinton has been making her wedding cakes for the past 30 years. She even has her 1950s-style little chairs and tables for customers.
“One of our favorites is maple bacon ice cream,” said Debbie Brinton. “White chocolate with raspberry flavor, cotton candy, and bubble gum.”
Bea’s Back Porch is located at 3290 Orange Avenue. The shop phone number is (530) 282-6033. Meyer is on his Facebook at his Bea’s Back Porch. The shop is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10am to 5pm.
Jennie Blevins writes a weekly business column. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to submit ideas, suggestions, or ask questions.