Carriage House Antiques offers unique gifts for shoppers in an environment that seems to exude peace and leisure with soft music, sweet smells — and even a cup of tea.


"Everything is always different, it's nice and tranquil," customer Michelle Rainwater said. "I can just walk around and it's beautiful in here — I love it and it smells so good."


With few places to go for a similar experience, owner Bunny Lynn Mariano said she wanted to provide customers a rejuvenating place of "rest and peace" from the craziness of life.


Mariano and her husband, Paul, opened the shop in December 2008 and celebrated the five-year anniversary of its opening last weekend with a once-a-year sale. They feel blessed the shop has prospered despite the economy with each year better than the last, Mariano said.


"I feel like hospitality and generosity is a gift God has given me so it just feels natural to share," said Mariano, whose shop provides her own cups, saucers and spoons for people to enjoy free tea.


Vendor Debra Luft, whose booth is close to the tea area, explains to newcomers what it is, she said, because many are unaccustomed to having such a service provided.


"It's very special to be able to sit down with a China cup and saucer," she said.


"All the vendors that have been brought to this place have the same heart, same vision — enjoy what you're selling, enjoy what you're doing," said Mariano, who feels God has blessed them with wisdom and their vendors, creating a "real family."


With 50 vendors in a building that's about 8,000 square-feet, there's a variety of items to choose from including Victorian age antiques, brand new designer purses, jewelry, artistic hand-crafted items, premium perfumes, loose tea, jam, Christian items, furniture and glassware, according to Mariano.


Some vendors not only have booths but also volunteer at the shop.


"It's a very peaceful environment," Carol Willis said. "A lot of people, if they're having a bad day, they come in, sit and have some tea."


"We love working here and love shopping here," Emma Rodriguez said. "There's always something I want."


Customer Earnie Rains pointed up at an old 76-Gas pump cover on a wall and noted the rare finds at Carriage House.


"You see things here you don't see anywhere else," Rains said. "Everybody is friendly — this is the most fascinating place. I love this place."


"It's very clean, neat and organized," shopper Jodi Cabrera said. "The items they have for sale are not junk. It's good quality and the presentation in the vendor booths is really inviting."


Vendor Marlene Kirk said, as dealers, she and husband Lee are thankful for the staff's attention paid to customer service.


"The wonderful ambience of the place, music, smells, coffee and tea — pleasant experience to shop or be a dealer," Kirk said.


"I hope what (customers) can get here is that they feel cared for and taken care of," Mariano said, "(kind of like) if they came to my home and at the same time get quality items for a better price than anywhere else."


Voted by Daily Press readers as 2013's best antique store in the High Desert, the shop is located at 11370 Hesperia Road. The shop is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. For more information or to make group tea reservations, call 760-948-5577.