Local Talk

What downtown business is good for both one-stop shopping and last-minute gifts?

1452lt miriamThe Homeless Garden Project store. Because it is a community effort and has really useful and beautiful things, and allows you to connect with a lot of folks who are doing great work in Santa Cruz.

Miriam Greenberg, Santa Cruz, UCSC Professor








1452lt heidiBookshop Santa Cruz is good because they have everything, Streetlight is good because they have an eclectic mix of intelligentsia and bizarre. And Paper Vision. Those are my three favorite.

Heidi Morgan, Santa Cruz, Crossing Guard







1452lt andyRivendell has rugs, carpets, ethnic handmade items, fabrics, books, clothes—and really friendly people.

Andy Couturier, Santa Cruz, Writing Teacher






1452lt scarlettChefworks, because there are all kinds of great kitchen gadgets and smaller items. A wide range of cute gifts, especially for those who like to cook.

Scarlett Schwarz, Santa Cruz, Photographer





1452lt kevinI’d say the most unique store, which is really what I look for with the Christmas gifts, is Stripe. And I would also say Palace Arts because they have reasonable prices and a huge variety.

Kevin Romero, Santa Cruz, Student

Contributor at Good Times |

Matthew is a California native and has lived in Santa Cruz for 34 years. A sculptor, photographer, avid biker and professional disc golfer, he has played tournaments in more than ten states and is the winner of the 2002 New Zealand Championships. 

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