• Santa's Shopping List

  • Shopping Local

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    Sausalito Santa's Shopping List 
    – Support Your Local Merchants!

    By Cheryl Popp

    Once again, I am offering my personal shopping services as Santa’s Sausalito Shopping maven. There truly is something for everyone on that list (whether naughty or nice!) in the shops and boutiques of Sausalito.  Before you head to the dreadfully crowded, frantic and frenzied malls, think about taking advantage of the three-hours of free parking at every Sausalito parking meter and do your holiday shopping local. 

    Supporting your local merchants, supports your town – they generate hundreds of thousands of dollars in tax revenues that in turn help underwrite the cost of our parks, public safety services, library and other important services that keep our city special.  Truth be known, if we don’t support our small boutiques they’ll disappear as many have. No one wants big box stores, so support our local retailers; keep them alive and well.

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    Here’s my shopping list:

    • Women’s Wear for the ladies on your list: gr.dano Design Studio, Lisa Lebow on Caledonia, Barcelino, Image, Hubba Hubba, Shoe Stories of Sausalito (the glam-est game for feet in town!)
    • Menswear: the venerable Gene Hiller on Bridgeway (gotta LOVE this place!)
    • Very swell leatherwear for Him and Her: Pegasus on Princess Street
    • Jewelry: Sausalito Jewelers, Jewelry by the Bay, Katya Glass Jewelry
    • Gifts Galore: Out of Hand, Real Napa, Scrimshaw Gallery, Nana’s Treasures, Dynamic Energy Crystals, Studio 333 on Bridgeway, the Ship’s Store, Soxalito
    • Children’s wear & gifts: Cha Cha Cha (clothing), Games People Play, passes to the Discovery Museum or Bay Model
    • Gift Baskets for your favorite Foodie: Driver’s Market, Venice Gourmet, CIBO baked goods & Two Girl coffee beans
    • Wine: Real Napa, Bacchus & Venus, Madrigal Wine
    • Cooking classes: Cavallo Point Cooking School, ITK Culinary
    • Ceramics & Pottery: Heath Ceramics, Sausalito Pottery
    • Home goods: Pine Street Natural Interiors (luxurious and organic towels and linens); Ciao Bella (Italian ceramic dishware and gifts)
    • Outdoor Adventure: Seaplane Adventures, Sea Trek kayaking, Sausalito Wooden Boat Tours, sunset cruises on the Freda B, Gaslight or Five-Star Yacht charters
    • Gifts that keep on giving: a series of classes/sessions at Core Pilates of Sausalito, Yoga of Sausalito, Stage Dor dance lessons (surely you know some man who needs to learn to dance?!) or sailing lessons at Modern Sailing
    • Art: Studio 333, Hanson Gallery, Bubble Street Gallery, Burlwood Gallery, Imari, Mark Reuben Gallery, Petri’s Fine Arts, Robert Allen Fine Art, Scrimshaw Gallery
    • Pamper Packages: spa treatments at Cavallo Point or Casa Madrona; hair and makeup at Lili S. Salon, Marco Art of Hair
    • Books: Sadly, we no longer have a book store in Sausalito (would someone please open one?!) but really just as wonderful and certainly in support of a brilliant cause, we have the Friends of the Sausalito Library Used Book Shop up above the Sausalito Library at City Hall. There are treasures to be found. And all the sales benefit the library. The shop is run by volunteers and is open Mondays 9 AM- 5 PM, Wednesdays 10AM – 1PM and Saturdays 10 AM – 1 PM. I love this place.
    • Photography: another gift that keeps on giving.  Schedule a family portrait with local photographer Gary Ferber, have Larry Burgess shoot your holiday party or buy one of Ric Miller’s beautiful local landscapes for a friend’s wall.
    • Stay-cations: a luxurious overnight at one of our fabulous hotel properties (it really could help your marriage) -- Hotel Sausalito, The Inn Above Tide, Casa Madrona, Gables Bed & Breakfast and Cavallo Point
    • Restaurant Gift Certificates at one (or more!) of over 30 fine dining experiences in Sausalito
    • Floral:  Ladybug Florist
    • Holiday Décor: The Holiday Shoppe, the Xmas tree lot in Dunphy Park – proceeds benefit Sausalito Little League & Robin Sweeney Park improvements
    • Support your local organizations: Membership at the Marine Mammal Center www.marinemammalcenter.org;  buy tickets to the Portuguese Fado Night (January 31st) or 007 Fashion Show (March 21st) that support the Sausalito Sister City youth sailing and mentoring for entrepreneurial women programs  www.sausalitosistercities.org ; or donate to the extraordinary Educational Tall Ship that is being built right here in Sausalito www.educationaltallship.org  -- a lovely way to honor the sailor in your life.


    To locate or contact any of the merchants noted above, visit the Sausalito Chamber website www.sausalito.org

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    So clip along the dotted line and stuff this in your pocket or purse…

    You are good to go. Happy Holidays from everyone at the Chamber of Commerce and thank you to all our members for their ongoing support. We’re there for you and appreciate you being there for us. Happy New Year!