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Posted: Thursday, December 22, 2016 9:30 am

Once known as the Atlantic Richfield Station in Cedar Glen, Cedar Station—under the ownership of Mary Hughes—has gone through a transformation while still keeping its historic nature. The building, which was originally built in 1942 was Cedar Glen’s historic gas station and was the inspiration for the name Cedar Station.

“When the place was leased to me it had tire racks on the ceiling, and axle grease everywhere,” Hughes said. “It took at least six months to get it to where it needed to be.”

Hughes is an interior designer, certified by the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) and used her creative design mind to revamp Cedar Station. Hughes has been doing interior design on the mountain for about 30 years now, and has done everything from homes that are part of the Lake Arrowhead Home Tour to very small houses in the community.

“I specialize in window coverings,” Hughes said. “Everything from custom draperies, window shades, blinds and shutters.”

Hughes interior design goes hand-in-hand with her Cedar Station business because she incorporates all of her creative elements and inspirations into her store. When customers visit her store, they may get inspired to do something similar in their home, or even set up an appointment with Hughes for an in-home consultation.

When it comes to decorating a home, Hughes said having an interior designer with you can help “make choices easier.” Her main goal as an interior designer is to “help a client achieve their personal style in their home,” she said.

“I have always been a creative person,” Hughes said. “I guess that is the gift God gave me.”

During the first few years Hughes lived on the mountain she noticed the gas station which is now Cedar Station and was drawn to it due to its interesting architecture. One day she drove past the station and noticed a for lease sign on the window; this was her cue, and an opportunity she could not pass up.

There were a few other people interested, but ultimately the then owners decided to lease the property to Hughes after her pitch on transforming the station into an antique store. It was not an easy ride, but on Sept. 1, 2011, Hughes opened Cedar Station and has been in business ever since.

At Cedar Station shoppers can buy McCall’s Candles, Christmas decorations, seasonal decor, linens and seasonal table cloths, hostess gifts, lighting accessories and new, and vintage jewelry.

Hughes is always updating her inventory, and Cedar Station goes through constant redecoration as Hughes decorates according to seasons, and holidays. This idea serves as a way to inspire customers to do the same in their homes.

“My prices are competitive with down the hill prices,” Hughes said. “I give the hometown shopping experience here at Cedar Station.”

A big part of Cedar Station is the estate jewelry Hughes has for sale. She is always looking for people who have estate jewelry they want to sell, and can offer some consignment on jewelry pieces as well. Some consignment options are available for those who are looking to sell antiques too.

Hughes has been fortunate enough to make herself known on the mountain, which has given her the opportunity to collect some wonderful pieces for her store.

“I’ve had people that are moving off the mountain come to me and ask me to stop by their house to see if anything they had was of interest to me,” Hughes said, and sometimes she left these homes with pieces that added even more personality to Cedar Station.

Cedar Station is under a winter schedule right now, open Thursday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is located at 28930 Hook Creek Rd. For more information on Cedar Station, or Hughes’s interior design call (909) 337-8620.

“I think shopping locally is important,” Hughes said. “You are supporting a family, and we are going to support you.”

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