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January 19, 2016

Eat & Shop Local: Handcrafted in Santa Cruz

Penny Ice Creamery - Photo Credit: Garrick Ramirez
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 producing handcrafted food, drink, home goods, and apparel that are delighting locals and visitors. Here’s a glimpse of some local producers -- both old and new -- shaping the local food and craft scene.

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December 17, 2015

Start the New Year with an Inspiring Hike

All Photos by Garrick RamirezAll Photos by Garrick Ramirez
Say “Auld Lang Syne” to holiday indulgences and start the New Year fresh with an inspiring hike in a beautiful setting. On January 1st, state parks throughout the country will ring in 2016 with First Day Hikes, a fourth annual program that offers free, guided hikes to all. Below, we’ve assembled a guide to outings being offered in Santa Cruz County. Hikes vary in length and rigor but all are designed with families in mind. So add a warm jacket and some outdoor gear to your holiday list and hit the trails with us on New Years Day.

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December 14, 2015

5 Holiday Gift Ideas from Santa Cruz

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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.

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November 30, 2015

Lunchtime Goals: A Look at PopUp’s New Weekly Lineup

PopUp Counter Photo Garrick Ramirez PopUp Counter
Pop-up restaurants are generating a lot of buzz lately with temporary eateries sprouting up all over Santa Cruz. The city has always been a hub for new restaurants and creativity and pop-ups are the latest example, allowing culinary talents a chance to experiment. New venues such as the Food Lounge and existing restaurants like Midtown Cafe offer supportive venues for new ideas...and delicious food. Given the popularity of impromptu eateries, we thought we’d check in with the original mobile eatery venue: PopUp.

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November 07, 2015

Midtown Itinerary

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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.

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