Sarah Willett spends plenty of time on airplanes.

   One day, she’ll be flying to New York, maybe perfecting a showroom along Fifth Avenue for her lifestyle and home décor products from Patina Vie.

   On another, she’ll be jet-setting to Selfridge’s in London, building her partnership with one of the most famous department stores in the world.

   Because of Sarah’s hard work, Patina Vie’s merchandise can be found worldwide in some of the finest retailers.

   With such standards to live up to, forgive Sarah if she was nervous about creating her own shop in a small town.

   “I’ve been asked for a few years now to open retail in different communities, and I was adamant: ‘Not a chance,’” Sarah said. “I’m not built for retail; I’m delighted to be behind the scenes.”

   So, how could “Ripon” be mentioned in the same sentence with London and New York?

   As they say, with a little help from her friends.

   At the urging of those close to them, Sarah and husband Matt opened Patina Vie’s first storefront today (Thursday) at 205 Watson St.

   “The right people in Ripon were whispering and hoping, and they didn’t give up on me,” Sarah said. “I just thought, ‘Maybe we do need to do this.’”

   When the doors opened today at 10 a.m., customers will get a chance to see a sparkling, newly renovated building filled with a sampling of the merchandise Patina Vie offers through its various retail partners.