Bea Meyer, owner of Bea’s Back Porch, displays an old Wurlitzer jukebox at her shop Thursday, March 9, 2023, in Oroville, California. (Jenny Blevins/Enterprise-Record)
OROVILLE – When you walk into Bea’s Back Porch Antique Store, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time.
The owner Bea Meyer is very friendly and kind and knowledgeable about antiques and other things. Her store is full of all kinds of precious things. I was immediately drawn to the old fashioned Coca Cola machine, still popping out bottled cocktails. And she has 1937 Wurlitzer jukeboxes! They are amazing. I love jukeboxes.
Meyer also hosts some art classes with instructors in the back room of the store. Meyer hosts a Bible study every Thursday night at 5 p.m. She makes soup for those present. Now, the class is discussing visions, and everyone participates in the discussion.
Meyer has a set of cast iron pans. She also has items made of uranium that actually glow and cut all kinds of toys. She has an old tricycle for children. Meyer has several hundred shippers who bring goods to Meyer.
Everywhere you look there is a different treasure, like the little toy carriage I saw and the beautiful Tiffany lamp. I loved the dishes and the cool china.
Meyer opened the store in March 2020 before the Covid-19 pandemic forced businesses to close. She’s had to close several times because of the fire and Covid-19, but she’s grateful the store is always open.
Bean owned the Red Bar for four and a half years before opening it.
Meyer said Christmas time is very busy. She makes big Christmas trees and has visits from Santa. People can take Christmas photos at the photo booth. All children are allowed to take home one item from the tree.
Also, David Knox will come and play music on the piano.
“I want everyone to have fun here,” Meyer said. “People want a place to hang out and socialize. And I give it to the community.”
Once a month, Meyers has a yard sale in the parking lot.
When she found out that I liked ducks, she gave me a small stuffed duck that I loved.
Meyer is partnered with Debbie Brinton, who along with her husband, Tom Brinton, sell vintage ice cream and baked goods in the store. Her business name is Deb’s Scones & Scones. She sells pies, scones, banana bread, muffins and cakes with ice cream. Brinton has been making wedding cakes for the past 30 years. It has small 1950s style chairs and a table set up for customers.
“One of the most popular items is the maple bacon ice cream,” Debbie Brinton said. “Also white chocolate strawberry flavor, cotton candy and bubble gum.”
Bea’s Back Porch is located at 3290 Orange Avenue. The store’s phone number is (530) 282-6033. Meyer’s Under Bea’s Back Porch is on Facebook The shop is open Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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