Category Archives: Shopping

Get Out and Enjoy the Weather!

I’m as happy as the next Californian for all this rain, but seeing that 7 day forecast full of sunshine icons & 70 degree days has me on another level of happy. Here are a few of my favorite things to do on those warm, sunny days in Santa Cruz: 1. Take a walk on West Cliff…

Eat & Shop Local: Handcrafted in Santa Cruz

Instagram brims with stunning shots of Santa Cruz, showing off its inspiring coastline, pastoral farms and towering redwood forests. Yet what you may not have noticed is that, against this scenic backdrop, a nascent craft movement is taking root. Venerable Santa Cruz producers like Marini’s Candies are being joined by a new generation of artisans…

5 Holiday Gift Ideas from Santa Cruz

As you’re working through your holiday shopping, let us offer some local inspiration. These five independent shops offer unique gifts, many of which are made right here in Santa Cruz. Agency If you thought Santa Cruz homes were only decorated with surfboards and Sierra Club posters, think again. This vibrant, Pinterest-worthy shop is filled with…

Midtown Itinerary

Like the Westside and Pleasure Point, Midtown is one of Santa Cruz’s many distinct, charming neighborhoods. Follow Soquel Avenue across the San Lorenzo River from Downtown and discover a bustling, walkable corridor of boutiques, eateries and some of the city’s most beloved mainstays. Wikipedia will tell you that Midtown spans a large swath of town…

Coastal Farms

Just north of Santa Cruz, roughly 15 minutes from downtown, you’ll find a string of colorful coastal farms stands. During fall, sunny blue skies and lush green fields are complemented by stacks of yellow hay bales and rows of bright orange pumpkins. Trust us: your photos will bring your Instagram followers to their knees. Take…

This is How We Farmers Market

There are farmers’ markets and then there are farmers’ markets. No one does them better than Santa Cruz. Our markets are festive, colorful events that bring locals and visitors together over a shared love of good food. Even with the Monterey Bay and majestic redwoods, the area’s most vivid beauty can often be found at…

What’s in Bloom

Photos by Garrick Ramirez except where noted Here’s a colorful post to brighten your day: a virtual tour of the many flowers in blossom throughout Santa Cruz. The county’s vibrant floral displays are peacocking something fierce, luring both bees and Instagrammers. In fact, we shared some of our readers exceptional wildflower pics with a recent…

The Cook’s Bookcase: A Book Lover & Chef’s Dream

If you love books, you can imagine how fun it would be to have a bookshop all to yourself. Liz Pollock, owner of the Cook’s Bookcase, let me live that dream by inviting me into her cozy home store that specializes in food literature of all kinds. Having grown up with food (“Julia Child was…

Pleasure Point

Did you know that Pleasure Point — a delightful Santa Cruz neighborhood and famed surf spot — actually earned its hedonistic moniker from the area’s Prohibition-era shenanigans? I always thought it was because of the neighborhood’s pleasing sea-kissed air, scenic vistas and sunny surf town demeanor. Either way, this little corner of Santa Cruz is…

Santa Cruz Wharf Turns 100

Santa Cruz has numerous public promenades that flaunt its natural splendor. The Westside’s West Cliff Drive and Pleasure Point’s East Cliff Drive are great examples. But none capture the area’s history, atmosphere and bayside beauty more than the Santa Cruz Wharf. This year, the timber titan celebrates it’s 100th year. It was built in 1914…

Category Archives: Shopping

Get Out and Enjoy the Weather!

I’m as happy as the next Californian for all this rain, but seeing that 7 day forecast full of sunshine icons & 70 degree days has me on another level of happy. Here are a few of my favorite things to do on those warm, sunny days in Santa Cruz: 1. Take a walk on West Cliff…

Eat & Shop Local: Handcrafted in Santa Cruz

Instagram brims with stunning shots of Santa Cruz, showing off its inspiring coastline, pastoral farms and towering redwood forests. Yet what you may not have noticed is that, against this scenic backdrop, a nascent craft movement is taking root. Venerable Santa Cruz producers like Marini’s Candies are being joined by a new generation of artisans…

5 Holiday Gift Ideas from Santa Cruz

As you’re working through your holiday shopping, let us offer some local inspiration. These five independent shops offer unique gifts, many of which are made right here in Santa Cruz. Agency If you thought Santa Cruz homes were only decorated with surfboards and Sierra Club posters, think again. This vibrant, Pinterest-worthy shop is filled with…

Midtown Itinerary

Like the Westside and Pleasure Point, Midtown is one of Santa Cruz’s many distinct, charming neighborhoods. Follow Soquel Avenue across the San Lorenzo River from Downtown and discover a bustling, walkable corridor of boutiques, eateries and some of the city’s most beloved mainstays. Wikipedia will tell you that Midtown spans a large swath of town…

Coastal Farms

Just north of Santa Cruz, roughly 15 minutes from downtown, you’ll find a string of colorful coastal farms stands. During fall, sunny blue skies and lush green fields are complemented by stacks of yellow hay bales and rows of bright orange pumpkins. Trust us: your photos will bring your Instagram followers to their knees. Take…

This is How We Farmers Market

There are farmers’ markets and then there are farmers’ markets. No one does them better than Santa Cruz. Our markets are festive, colorful events that bring locals and visitors together over a shared love of good food. Even with the Monterey Bay and majestic redwoods, the area’s most vivid beauty can often be found at…

What’s in Bloom

Photos by Garrick Ramirez except where noted Here’s a colorful post to brighten your day: a virtual tour of the many flowers in blossom throughout Santa Cruz. The county’s vibrant floral displays are peacocking something fierce, luring both bees and Instagrammers. In fact, we shared some of our readers exceptional wildflower pics with a recent…

The Cook’s Bookcase: A Book Lover & Chef’s Dream

If you love books, you can imagine how fun it would be to have a bookshop all to yourself. Liz Pollock, owner of the Cook’s Bookcase, let me live that dream by inviting me into her cozy home store that specializes in food literature of all kinds. Having grown up with food (“Julia Child was…

Pleasure Point

Did you know that Pleasure Point — a delightful Santa Cruz neighborhood and famed surf spot — actually earned its hedonistic moniker from the area’s Prohibition-era shenanigans? I always thought it was because of the neighborhood’s pleasing sea-kissed air, scenic vistas and sunny surf town demeanor. Either way, this little corner of Santa Cruz is…

Santa Cruz Wharf Turns 100

Santa Cruz has numerous public promenades that flaunt its natural splendor. The Westside’s West Cliff Drive and Pleasure Point’s East Cliff Drive are great examples. But none capture the area’s history, atmosphere and bayside beauty more than the Santa Cruz Wharf. This year, the timber titan celebrates it’s 100th year. It was built in 1914…