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D2 digs into downtown
Debra Volk and Diane Watling recently opened their second downtown shop, D2, which offers home décor and custom-made furniture. - photo by ANGELINA MARTIN/The Journal

Name of business: D2

Type of business: Home décor

Location: 228 E. Main St., Turlock

Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday – Saturday

Contact information: 209-226-1401;

Specialty: Custom furnishings


History of business:

Many are familiar with DIGS, Turlock’s one-stop shop for upcycled, vintage and artisan goods that is tucked away in downtown’s Shopper’s Eden. Many are also familiar with the popular shop’s owners, Debra Volk and Diane Watling, who have a flair for finding vintage furniture.

When the pair decided to embark upon a second business venture in downtown Turlock, they decided to not only pay homage to their first home, DIGS, but to their first names as well. And thus, Main Street’s newest shop, D2, was born.

“We’re trying to make this a totally different entity,” Volk said. “Things here are a little more specialized.”

When the space next to Bistro 234 became available following the closure of Emporium, Volk and Watling knew that the location would be perfect for a sister store to DIGS. D2 opened on Saturday and much is the same between the two stores, Volk said, like custom items that have been handpicked by the pair from antique stores and upcycled furniture that’s been made to look new again.

Where D2 differs from DIGS, however, is in the store’s flexibility. Volk and Watling have local artists Donavan Segars, Rick Mays and George Kapor on hand to create custom home décor and furnishings from scratch for customers, like wine barrel decorations and made-to-order tables.

“There’s a real need for people to just be able to say, ‘This is what I want. I want metal here and wood here,’” Volk said. “And these people can put it together for you.”

D2 has also placed an emphasis on trendy pieces that can be purchased as gifts, from brightly-colored vases to brass clocks, and unique lighting like the eye-catching chandeliers in the store made from aluminum and rope. Lovers of DIGS fear not, though — plenty of vintage pieces can be found throughout the new store, too, like the antique parrot seated attentively by the shop’s window, which Volk said is rumored to have come from a ship that sailed over 200 years ago.

“We wanted to provide items that you’d maybe purchase for yourself, or as a gift, too,” Volk said. “We have three vendors over at DIGS, but here, this is pretty much my sister and I picking everything out ourselves.

“When people say, ‘Oh this is so cool, where did you find this?’ I don’t mind being asked that.”