The Disneyland Resort continues to try revitalize the west end of Downtown Disney and has begun filling in several shuttered store fronts. Recently, Rinse Bath & Body Co. opened in the former Alamo location and this weekend Sugarboo & Co., a new specialty boutique, opened between the western Starbucks and the former AMC Theatres.
This family owned “Dealer in Whimsy” carries a variety of items, including imprinted jewelry, handmade ceramics, paper goods, and decor.
The Disney Parks Blog sat down with artist/owner Rebecca Puig, who started the company with her husband Rick back in 2005.
Your designs are very uplifting. Tell us about your work:
I do this work because I love it. I want to be very intentional about the messages I am putting into the world. I am aware my artwork and designs are in people’s homes, which are their sanctuaries. Home is where they recharge, dream, grow and thrive. My hope is that my creations inspire people in this process.
What are you inspired by?
I draw a lot of my inspiration from children, animals and nature mostly. I feel like these are the greatest designers in the world.
You mention that Mother Nature is the best artist. Where is your favorite place in nature?
Oh, I have many. I am a big fan of the beach and mountains, and I also love to go on trails through the forest.
What has been your favorite trend?
I like any trend that honors the Earth. My favorite trend right now are metal reusable straws instead of plastic straws. We are launching our own line that will be available this summer.
What items should we keep an eye out for at the Downtown Disney location?
Our canvas planters are the newest items we have rolled out, a great way to showcase beautiful house plants. I also love the 365 gathered thoughts jar. It is a distressed glass jar that looks like an old flea market find where you can keep all your dreams, adventures, moments of gratitude and memories gathered.
What is your favorite Disney memory?
I have many favorite memories of Disney as a child, but watching my daughter’s face when meeting all the princesses is the best of all.
Puig explains that the word “Sugarboo” comes from the nickname she has for her children, Jake and Sophia. The Puigs say they started the business with “the inspiration to create products that remind us of the ones we love.”
Source: Disney Parks Blog