All posts tagged: shop local

spice girl. 

Tell me what you want, what you really really want. I wanna (hah), I wanna (hah), I wanna (hah), I wanna (hah), I wanna really, really, really wanna…go to Oaktown Spice Shop and buy all the things. 😋 I’ve heard lots of great things about the Oaktown Spice Shop, and it lives up to the hype, y’all! If you weren’t a fan of cooking before, this has to be the store that turns you. There are so many kinds of cinnamons, peppers, salts, vanillas, herbs, and spice blends…so much inspiration everywhere. It’s like the Berkeley Bowl of spices. #eastbaylove The aroma is rich. As soon as you walk in you will be enrobed in a patina of fine spice dust. Mmm. You can purchase individual bags or jars of spices, or pick up a prepackaged gift box – think curry blends, BBQ rubs, or chai time mixes. Aside from the quality products, I love the displays of jars and baggies. Don’t you wish your spice cabinet could look like this? This is definitely a stop for …

shop feature: ana apple.

Yay for me! I attended a conference near Old Sacramento so I got to pop into the Ana Apple shop afterwards. I met Samantha. She’s in charge of the awesome events and works the shop, too. Oh what fun! We posed for some snaps with Janie XY toys in tow. I got a special tour, too! The front space is the main shop, the back has the Greenhouse studio and maker space, and the back-back is the Apple Core, where all the Ana Apple products are made. So many cute things here: Baby and toddler gear for your super hip babe, plus plush toys, crocheted rattles, teething jewelry, teepees, and totes. I didn’t want to leave! See you again soon, Ana Apple!

shop feature: scribble me happy.

Come peek inside Scribble Me Happy – the most colorfully cute shop and studio space in San Mateo. And maybe I’m a little biased because I have some Feed the Fish co products in store and also teach a workshop here on occasion, but you can’t deny it – it’s totally fun inside! Feed the Fish co pennants! There’s something for small and big kids alike. They carry locally made handcrafted goods in their shop and the owners Brenda and Stacie make a line of Scribble Me Happy goods, too. The giant feather is quite the show stopper! In the back, they hold events – like pop-up shops, workshops, art camps, and private parties. Who wouldn’t want to have an event here! There’s always a fun backdrop for picture taking, too. On my last visit — this sparkly aqua number. Where do you like to find handmade goodies? Share below!

shop feature: station one farmhouse. 

A lovely shop tucked away in Point Richmond, Station One Farmhouse boasts an array of repurposed and handmade items. On my visit, shop gal Christine was busy painting furniture to be sold in store. They finish a lot of the pieces in shop – talk about locally made! They’ve got soaps, candles, housewares, and decor items. Hubs and I picked up a jar of Jack Rabbit Farms’ roasted tomatoes and bell peppers. Yum! You’ll find a lot of unique finds at Station One. I’m excited to visit again to see new furniture and painting projects! Where have you shopped local lately? Share below!

the ladies of blue door. 

Blue Doors Beads features a jewelry artist each month (Remember when I debuted my Elmwood line?). Last month, the Blue Door Beads staff shared their creations with us and everything was gorgeous! These Ladies are so creative and skilled in their craft. Briana I had purchased one of Briana’s pieces before as a gift so I was excited to see what new creations she had for tonight’s event. I fell in major like with this piece. I was sold when I found out she created the metal piece by hand. Dara / D. Lea Studio Dara is an artist extraordinaire. She teaches a number of classes at BDB and she’s got mad photography skills. I’ve been eyeing her electroforming class on the BDB class calendar. I can’t wait to take it! Lydia / The Patina Project Lydia is one of the friendliest faces you’ll ever meet! Her pieces are both light and airy, and bold and show-stopping. Rumor on the street is she’s opening up an online shop soon. Sydney / Tropikali I just met Sydney on the …

the shop.

The Hubs and I were browsing the coffee aisle at a market in San Mateo and asked a stranger a coffee question. Turns out he owned a coffee biznaz and he was popping up shop at San Mateo’s First Friday that night. Whaaat? We totally walked on over to check it out. The Shop host’s the event and features local makers & artists, food & drink, and music. I felt all the local love; everyone knew someone and if you didn’t you sure felt like you were part of the in crowd. Leo, owner of Killer Coffee, was that stranger we met in the coffee aisle. Most days he pops up at Shane’s Barbershop, but tonight he was making coffee for the First Friday crowd. I tried his iced coffee which totally tasted like coffee ice cream – my favorite flavor! I don’t normally have coffee; I might now be addicted. We also picked up some of his coffee beans and can’t wait to brew them at home. We also met Laurel of Laurel Elaine Jewelry. She makes simple, beautiful pieces. …

shop feature: gather.

One of my favorite neighborhood shops is located in the Hayes Valley of San Francisco. Why is it my favorite? Because whenever I’m in the store I want to buy everything…everything! Annnd, owners Daisy & Christian are the sweetest! You really can find something for everyone at gather. Clothing, jewelry, housewares,…. Plus, there are workshops – I hosted one back in September and just attended one my friend taught last month. I’ve got some Feed the Fish co. goodies in shop, too. Aw yea… Stop in and see what all the excitement is about!