Shopping Santa Cruz

Shopping in Santa Cruz is exactly what you might expect.
 
From hip boutique clothing stores to quirky thrift shops, the stores in Santa Cruz are full of character and charm. Pacific Avenue in Downtown Santa Cruz is the heart of the local shopping scene, but it isn't the only place to find those one of a kind stores worth making a trip from out of town to visit.
 
The Capitola Village is a favorite of tourists, partially for its beach and restaurants, but also for the shopping. The Swift Street Courtyard over on the Westside is a relatively new hot spot for shopping, dining and wine tasting. Pleasure Point is also full of one of a kind local stores ranging from surf shops to boutiques to second hand stores.

Santa Cruz Holiday Craft Fairs & Shopping Events 2018

2018 santa cruz holiday craft fairs and shopping events‘Tis the season to shop unique, handmade, and most of all, local.

Santa Cruz businesses and organizations are making it easy with a full slate of holiday shopping fairs, makers markets, and boutiques.

Be sure to check back often, as new pop-up shopping events are added throughout the holiday season.

Here’s a roundup of some of the best opportunities to buy some awesome gifts and help support the local economy and arts culture at the same time. [Read more…]

The Best Places to Get Your Craft on in Santa Cruz

santa cruz craft store workshopsWhy DIY alone with YouTube when you can DIWO (Do it with others) in a sweet local shop in Santa Cruz?

Live workshops take your craft curiosity to a new level and right now there are more opportunities than ever to have an awesome creative experience. Plus, you get to hang out in cool spaces with local artists and other craft enthusiasts.

Craft workshops have many advantages. We connect, gather and get to ask questions to an expert maker in real time.

Workshops are an opportunity to test out a new craft without investing a lot of time or money. We learn faster when someone shows us in person and there is something beautiful about gathering and learning together.

Classes are typically single session intensives with supplies provided or available for purchase. The one-day format allows you to immerse yourself in a craft and come home with a cool project to show off or give as a personalized gift.

Here’s our guide to getting crafty in Santa Cruz. [Read more…]

Santa Cruz Holiday Craft Fairs & Shopping Events 2017

‘Tis the season to shop unique, handmade, and most of all, local.

Santa Cruz businesses and organizations are making it easy with a full slate of holiday shopping fairs, makers markets, and boutiques.

Be sure to check back often, as new pop-up shopping events are added throughout the holiday season.

Here’s a roundup of some of the best opportunities to buy some awesome gifts and help support the local economy and arts culture at the same time. [Read more…]

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