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Photo essay: La Tavola linen rentals

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More than 1,500 linen items from napkins to tablecloths and chair cushions are available for rent at La Tavola Fine Linen Rental, which has operated out of 1221 19th St. for about six months.

Whitney Werts, marketing manager for La Tavola, said much of the business centers on linen rentals for events such as weddings, holiday parties and other receptions.

“We import fabrics from all over the world and manufacture everything ourselves, and then we rent that out to customers,” she said.

The business started in Napa four years ago, then expanded to Southern California. With a strong client base in Sacramento, Werts said it made sense to open a store in the area. The Sacramento location is in a building formerly occupied by Le Petit Paris, which closed last year.

Sharing the former Le Petit Paris spot is the next-door Devine Gelateria.

The company is owned by Betsy and Herb Stone of Napa, who previously owned two other rental businesses that were subsequently bought out by larger corporations.

“No order is too small,” Werts said, adding that standard tablecloths made of polycotton linens are about $18 each, and napkins cost 75 cents each. Shipping orders in the Sacramento area costs about $25, or customers can pick them up at the store.

Tablecloths, table runners, chair covers and cushions are all produced in standard sizes, Werts said. For complete size listing, check the La Tavola website.

All linens are laundered at the facility in Napa upon their return, Werts said.

The satellite showrooms, such as the one in Sacramento, stock a complete set of the linens, and when orders are given, they arrive from a 65,000-square-foot warehouse in Napa.

“At the very minimum, we need to know three or four days before the event,” Werts said.

The business is open from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and closed from noon – 1 p.m.

Editorial Note: Spelling corrections have been made to this story after it was published.

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