Handcrafted sculptural glassware by an artist whose work is displayed at the Smithsonian American Art Museum is made right here in wackadoodle Santa Cruz.
Brightly lit downtown shop sells vibrant contemporary pieces by California artisans, including jewelry, fiber arts, sculptures, ceramics and blown glass.
Stock up on picnic provisions like California-made pistachio butter, fresh local baguettes, fruit jams and more, plus home goods like lavender soap.
Seriously stylish secondhand women’s fashions that match SLO’s breezy, laid-back coastal lifestyle, plus hand-picked handbags, coats and jewelry.
Inside an old railway station, this gourmet-food emporium carries bountiful farm goodness and artisanal products from Monterey County and beyond.
Taking over a cozy sea-view house, more than 30 local artists sell plein-air paintings and sketches alongside contemporary works in all media.
Step right up to the tasting bar to sample local growers' olive oils and fruit-infused balsamic vinegars. Also in downtown San Luis Obispo.
The Willy Wonka of Santa Cruz makes stratospherically priced chocolates on par with the big city. Try the cardamom or chipotle truffles.
Tall shelves of new, used and antiquarian books, including rare first editions, California titles and John Steinbeck's works.
Inside a historic 1920s cannery building, two floors are stacked high with beguiling flotsam and jetsam from decades past.