Wednesday, April 15, was more than just tax day – it was the grand opening of SewCalCuties, an eclectic and original gift shop located at 13280 Highway 8 Business in El Cajon. Yes, it’s in El Cajon, but East County communities need to stick together, right? Plus, the shop is a member of the Santee Chamber of Commerce.
SewCalCuties started four years ago when owner Pamela Joy began making Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls and selling them at craft shows. She later rented space at Secondhand Lions General Store in Lakeside. Her business grew, and eventually she felt the need for her own shop. In February she rented what was once part of Sun Pool & Spas and set about remodeling it into what it is now – with help from her husband, John Wesolowski, who built the display shelves.
The shop carries Pamela’s hand-made dolls, wall decorations, paintings, furniture, collectibles, and much more. SewCalCuties will also take items on consignment, giving them access to a huge variety of items. One very unique display includes state license plates. The shop is not yet easy to find – the sign (above) was not finished and mounted on Wednesday – but it is right next to Sun Pools & Spas and just past Alpine Rock and Block if you come from Los Coches Rd.
Owner Pamela Joy is joined by Chamber Executive Director, Warren Savage, and Vice President, Ronn Hall
Pamela Joy, with husband John (L) and guests watching, cuts the ceremonial ribbon
Pamela with Miss Santee, Sierra Billock, and John in the background
Pamela Joy and John Wesolowski
Sierra Billock and Board Member John Morley enjoyed sandwiches and fruit salad provided by Cafe 67
SewCalCuties Display Rooms
You can check out the SewCalCuties website for more information.