About Us

Looking for a unique shopping experience in a white-washed world?  Discover the Utility Room.


In Liz Lavoie’s childhood home, there was a utility room; a laundry room, essentially, with a deliciously antiquated name.  When it came time to name her very own shop in her hometown of Fairfax, an outgrowth of past stores with partners (The Garage in Fairfax and the Shop in Olema), it could only be The Utility Room.


Every object here is carefully crafted or chosen for it’s function and beauty.  Liz upcycles used cashmere sweaters into ponchos, hats and scarves right there in the shop, the sewing machine humming as customers peruse.  She turns decades-old grape-drying trays into California folk art, fashions serapes from African mud-cloth and concocts her grandfather’s dangerously delicious brown sugar fudge. She unearths vintage treasures (think functional rotary phones and typewriters and gas station name tags), and selects local artisans who offer unique jewelry and prints.  She finds vintage clothing and sources new American-made fashion.


The shop is as local, handmade and purposeful as possible, all under the editing eye of it’s dedicated owner.  The resulting hodgepodge is an ever-changing feast for the senses.  Come in and take a look…


Check out the Utility Room in the Press:


Spotlight on Fairfax: Grounded

Fairfax’s The Utility Room mixes vintage, handmade, upcycled and new
Pacific Sun, July 5, 2017

Liz Lavoie modeling african mud cloth poncho

Visit Us!

The Utility Room

10 Bolinas Road

Fairfax, CA 94930