Dove and Disttaff
Alpaca—stylish, soft and warm—has a home in Wakefield at Dove and Distaff,
Visitors can conveniently see and feel quality yarns, fibers and goods right here—all of the alpaca products come off their own farm in Matunuck.
It’s one of seven showrooms within Dove and Distaff, which was born of an interest in selling the most interesting antiques, which evolved into an upholstery shop, to repair and renovate those antiques, which led to becoming a destination rug gallery. And then, what else? Alpaca items from yarn and fiber to sweaters, shawls and pillows.
The latest iteration began with a discovery by owner Carla Davis on a self-discovery trip to Martha’s Vineyard and Island Alpaca: The animals took her heart.
“I knew I wanted these animals in my life,” she says, a year after opening Matunuck Alpaca. It was a perfect accompaniment for her gallery items, noting that the yarn and fiber “goes well with everything.”
“It’s almost a mythical thing.”
She freely admits hers is not a yarn store (“we’re not for serious knitters”), but it does have all things alpaca.
She’s seen a lot in the 35-plus years she’s been at the store, following in the footsteps of her late father, Caleb, the antiques dealer who became an expert upholsterer by necessity, as antiquers found their finds often needed freshening up. “We take crappy to excellent,” she explains.
Even though they still do those refurbishments in the basement, above they focus on the rug gallery.
“The world changes, and you have to change with it,” Davis says. The store still has the high ceilings, large windows and hardwood floors of an historic 19th-century building preserved as a beautiful backdrop for “a unique shopping adventure.”
With her staff of five, including a seamstress and furniture repairer, she helps those that want to “choose their own stuff” find their way.
“We’re not for the one-percenters – they have designers put together their homes. We’re kind of in the middle for people that like to touch and feel.”
Visit the shop in Wakefield at 365 Main St, Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily except Sunday. Call (401) 284-1170 for information. The farm, at 1314 Post Road in Matunuck, is open to visitors the first Sunday of every month year-round from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.