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December 07, 2012

Santa Cruz County Holiday Shopping Guide - Part 1 of 2

This post is part one of a two part series about where to shop for the perfect gift in Santa Cruz County.  Relax and read on to find something perfect for everyone on your list! Holiday shopping can be stressful, time-consuming and budget-straining- yes. But it can also be a fun, feel good experience when you buy locally and support the businesses that make Santa Cruz a unique shopping destination. So take a deep breath and read on to start crossing folks off your list and maybe even treat yourself! Annieglass Photo Credit: Yamal Duryea Specialty and One of a Kind Annieglass, located in Watsonville (and come spring 2015, in Santana Row in San Jose), features the iconic glassware designs of Annie Morhauser. There's a lot of beauty to take in at each store, including ornaments, jewelry and a variety of tableware items, all made or chosen with community involvement, green awareness, and fair trade practices in mind. Anything from the Seafood Watch collection would make a stunning gift that also supports the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Read more about Annieglass here. Tannery Arts Center Photo Credit: Yamal Duryea If you are looking for items that are truly "Made in Santa Cruz," look no further than The Tannery Arts Center on River Street. It is home to a fantastic array of artists living and creating on site, and organizations passionate about bringing the arts to the public. You will find paintings, drawings, photography, leatherwork, ceramics, jewelry, and more at this weekend's Holiday Art Fair which will feature a gift show, art demonstrations, performances, and children's activities. Dell Williams Photo Credit: Yamal Duryea Some truly special "stocking stuffers" can be found at Dell Williams Jewelers on Pacific Avenue. Gift selections include fine china, crystal, and silver tabletop items, as well as prestigious watches and fine diamond and colored stone jewelry in gold and platinum. Their friendly staff was more than happy to show examples of pieces by renowned designers, including innovative craftsman Alex Sepkus, who handcrafts each first piece of his designs and believes that jewelry, although not necessary, is meant to be fun. ParkStores Photo Credit: Yamal Duryea Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks Are you a nature lover with like-minded folks on your list? You'll enjoy shopping at any one of four ParkStores located at Natural Bridges State Beach, Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park, Seacliff State Beach and Wilder Ranch State Park. Each carries its own uniquely themed merchandise- think Monarch butterflies at Natural Bridges. You'll also find educational toys for the kids, books, clothing, art and more. The jewelry, in particular, caught my eye as there is an emphasis on fair trade and renewable resources. *Online shopping available at ThatsMyPark.org/Store Capitola Village Stores Photo Credit: Yamal Duryea Capitola Village This seaside esplanade filled with boutiques, galleries, and restaurants, makes Capitola Village the perfect shopping escape. From beachwear & board lessons to wine and art, Capitola Village has a gift for anyone on your list. With a variety of restaurants, there's always the option of a gift certificate to dine seaside in the quaint village. Bookshop Santa Cruz Photo Credit: Yamal Duryea One Stop Shopping Indeed Bookshop Santa Cruz has something for everyone on your list, guaranteed, and I'm not just talking about books. There are fun and kitschy stocking stuffers galore- try macaroni and cheese bandages or a Scrabble mug- and a collection of local-minded t-shirts including the UC Santa Cruz t-shirt made famous in the movie Pulp Fiction. The Children's section alone will inspire and if you do happen to go the book route, there are employee recommendations posted throughout the store. To top it off there's a complimentary gift wrapping station! Ok, make that list, check it twice and go shopping! Stay tuned for the second installment of this "Where to Shop" Series next week!



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  • Christian 2 years 5 days ago
    Cher pseudo tmooinex , il existe ou du moins on tente de faire exister ce que l on appelle un droit international et la CNUDM dite de Montego Bay en fait partie . Je ne vois pas en quoi un prince Mone9gasque , un ancien premier ministre Frane7ais cacochyme et d autres personnes dont un Equatorien , un Espagnol , un Chilien et quelques diplome9s en ichtyologie ou glaciologie sie9geant e0 Brouchelles ont ree7u un mandat de la communaute9 internationale qui n existe pas mais puisque c est devenu une expression incontournable de la vulgate mondialiste , employons la pour s inge9rer dans les affaires inte9rieures d autres e9tats et y imposer leur gouvernance . Les Russes , les Canadiens ,les Norve9giens vont-ils chercher des poux dans la teate ( ! ) e0 son altesse Be9bert le second sur la manie8re dont il de9truit la fae7ade maritime de sa principaute9 ? Non ! Au nom de ce droit international , les e9tats que vous citez ont le droit de proce9der selon des re8gles e9tablies e0 l extension de cette plateforme continentale et e0 y asseoir selon des crite8res de9finis leur souverainete9 nationale ( veuillez m excuser pour ces deux gros mots ) et e0 y exploiter les ressources qui pourraient s y trouver . Je sais que pour les mondialistes apre9s la R2P , l inge9rence e9cologique est devenue une nouvelle religion mais il existe des e9tats et des peuples pour qui ce n est ni plus ni moins que de l inge9rence et les mondialistes les verront se dresser contre eux ! Je ne peux que faire la comparaison avec les tentatives d internationalisation de l Amazonie au de9but des anne9es 90 , de9ja une marotte de Rocard , et sur ce point je vous renvoie e0 la de9claration du ministre Cristovam Buarque .Cette CNUDM a permis ni plus ni moins que de re9soudre sans conflit le diffe9rent Russo-Norve9gien en Mer de Barents et c est ce qui enrage et donne de l urticaire aux mondialistes de tout poil : Apres avoir vu ses demandes d extension du plateau continental reconnues par la commission sur l extension du plateau continental des Nations Unies , la Norve9ge s est tourne9e vers la Russie comme une grande fifille , sans des mediateurs internationaux pour resoudre son diffe9rent et partager la mer ( horresco referens , vade retro , un crucifix et des gousses d ail ) toujours en faisant re9fe9rence aux principes ennonce9s dans la CNUDM .En ce qui concerne la pollution , un titre entier de cette convention y est consacre9 avec les articles 202 e0 222 . Consultez les ! Les dernie8res mesures adopte9es dans le cadre de le9gislations nationales en matie8re d environnement concernant les zones arctiques par le Canada , la Russie et la Norve8ge vont bien au dele0 des prescriptions ge9ne9ralement admises ( ex : navires e0 double-coques ) e0 l echelle internationale et montrent que ces e9tats sont parfaitement capables de prote9ger cet e9cosyste9me sans les lubies Rocardo- Be9be9riennes ou celles des cre2nes d oeufs de Brouchelles .La Norve9ge applique desormais cette legislation sur les zones de son nouveau plateau continental . Le Canada , la Russie , les EU ( qui n ont pas ratifie9 Montego Bay ) et le Danemark-Groenland ( la repartition des competances sera e0 definir ) en feront de meames une fois que leurs demandes seront e9tudie9es et la repartition du plateau continental effectue9e par la commission ad-hoc . L Arctique sera ainsi prote9ge9e et les vaches , dont celles de M.Rocrad et d Albert II , bien garde9es .Daniel BESSON

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  • admin 5 years 6 days ago
    Hi Doug - We try to support all areas of Santa Cruz County and have an entire section of our web site dedicated to all the State Parks which can be viewed here as well as a section of the web site dedicated to SLV which can be viewed here. We also dedicate an entire page of our annual Official Santa Cruz County Traveler's Guide to telling visitors about San Lorenzo Valley, and we're constantly promoting Roaring Camp, SLV's most popular attraction. We listed four of the five PARKSTORE locations that are listed on the Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks web site, which can be viewed here. I hope that helps to show you that the Conference and Visitors Council strongly supports San Lorenzo Valley. For more information on how you can get involved with our organization you can view our web site here.

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  • Doug Conrad 5 years 7 days ago
    Dont forget the San Lorenzo Valley IS part of SC county. Even your State park shop part did not mention Henry Cowell's Awesome gift shop that supports Mtn Parks or Big Basin, the Countys most visted State Park!! Thanks, but dont forget us up here!!

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  • Celia 5 years 10 days ago
    What a great idea.....now all I need to do is get my list and go shopping!!!

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  • Dave 5 years 10 days ago
    Great Article, Thanks!

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