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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 14, 2015

5 Holiday Gift Ideas from Santa Cruz

All Photos by Garrick RamirezAll Photos by Garrick Ramirez
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 07, 2015

Midtown Itinerary

All photos by Garrick Ramirez All photos by Garrick Ramirez
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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October 20, 2015

Coastal Farms

All photos by Garrick Ramirez All photos by Garrick Ramirez
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 a peek at our photo tour below and see why these scenic stops make the perfect fall outing:

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September 29, 2015

This is How We Farmers Market

Farm Mkt Intro
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 the market.

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