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What A Dish Is Closing Shop !

Posted on April 27, 2016 at 5:09pm 0 Comments

WHAT A DISH !  is moving on…


After three years in La Mesa Village, “What A Dish!” Dinnerware They’ll Talk About, is closing up and moving on into the sunset.  It has been quite a learning experience and a lot of fun too!  For those readers who don’t know about my small shop on La Mesa Boulevard’s west end, ‘What A Dish!” is/was a dinnerware, home décor and garden shop who specialized in Fiesta Dinnerware.  Sorry I missed you!

It is bitter sweet, in a way, watching a…


Where Have All The Customers Gone!

Posted on September 11, 2015 at 6:06pm 1 Comment

Where have all the customers gone?  Just like the iconic '60's song,  "long time passing!"  It has become painfully obvious that many returning customers to La Mesa Village have disappeared.  Sales have dropped by almost half compared to this time last year and I can't help but wonder if the streetscape construction activities, continued street closures and detours have scared people away.  

I can recall not too long ago, on any given Saturday morning, regular visits from local…


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Posted on June 11, 2015 at 9:30am 0 Comments

Scandinavian Design, But American Made

LA MESA -- “DANSK Kobenstyle cookware (and tableware) were created as a collaboration between Americans Martha and Ted Nierenberg, who discovered the work of designer Jens Quistgaard in Copenhagen and convinced him that his stylish designs could be mass-produced. Their collaboration perfectly illustrated the marriage of Scandinavian design and American…


Start collecting Fiesta Dinnerware

Posted on October 21, 2014 at 7:04pm 0 Comments

Collecting Fabulous Fiestaware  !


As many La Mesa residences know, “What A Dish!” specializes in Fiesta Dinnerware.  I have been collecting this American icon for over 20 years and I have approximately 350 + pieces in my personal collection.  Much of my collection includes vintage items made between 1936 and 1977 (any piece manufactured after 1986 is called…


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