We’re getting ready for this year’s Shop Small event, on Saturday, November 24th, 2018.
Our local merchants are definitely going to make shopping fun, friendly, and easy. They’ve donated a wide variety of fantastic gifts for an abundant array of gift baskets that our Shop Small shoppers will be eligible to win. With 57 merchants participating in Fort Bragg and Mendocino (and counting), this promises to be the biggest and best Shop Small Saturday EVER on the Mendocino Coast.
We will have two welcome centers, one at Town Hall in Fort Bragg and one at Harvest at Mendosas in Mendocino. Shoppers will stop by a welcome center to pick up a shopping bag and a map of participating merchants. The Mendocino Coast Chamber of Commerce will provide each merchant with Shop Small cards to hand out. Shoppers can visit as many participating merchants as they like—the more shops the merrier. At the end of the day, shoppers bring the Shop Small cards to one of the two welcome centers, placing them in front of the gift basket they would like to win. You don’t need to make a purchase to get a shop small card, but we can bet something will catch your eye at our fantastic local shops.
Shop Small: Fabulous Fort Bragg Boutiques
Find fashionable duds and jewelry at Splendiferous, stylish sweaters, pants, scarves and more at La Tre, eco-friendly attire at Fractalize, American-made clothing at Barge North, and dazzling socks and gifts at Pippis Longstockings. If The Shoe Fits provides a great selection of gently used vintage and new fashions and jewelry, and the Outdoor Store offers togs for the intrepid traveler. Find stylish lingerie and sleepwear at Understuff, and adorable baby items and gifts at Astoria Home Store and Dot and Twine. Dot and Twine specializes in hand-made local gifts, and both stores carry a selection fab gifts for adults, too. The Quarry is the place to explore a wide variety of crystals, minerals, gems, sterling silver jewelry, artwork and gifts. Art Explorers and Little Cup Ceramics have very special artwork for sale, and Little Cup has art classes for kids, and delightful vintage toys from Germany. The General Store stocks an interesting and earthy variety of cards, gifts and comestibles, and Teamwork always has a nice mix of outfits for the sports-minded. Family Hands is the go-to place to find a unique and tasteful array of gifts, housewares, baskets, and modern furniture.
Shop Small: Get the Fort Bragg Vibe!
Well House West features a good selection of home items, natural fiber apparel and other cool stuff. Search no further than Blaqk Door for gamers in the family, and be sure to check out The Front Porch at the Atrium for gorgeous gift items for the home. Frame Mill Artworks is another gift haven, and The Home Store (formerly ER Energy) specializes in kitchen items, including professional knives. The Sherwood Company on Franklin has a style of its own, from shabby chic to elegant, and don’t miss Reynolds Men’s Wear and Wren Boutique for sturdy menswear and up-to-date women’s wear respectively. For the Fort Bragg vibe, check out North Coast Brewing Company’s gift store, The Skunk Train gift shop and The Guest House Museum gift shop. Book lovers will hole up in The Bookstore & Vinyl Cafe to find the perfect book (or for a moment of quiet contemplation), and don’t forget to grab a snack at Cowlick’s ice cream shop. They even have candy cap mushroom ice cream —delicious!
Shop Small: Mendocino Village Shopping
The picturesque village of Mendocino is a mecca of Victorian architecture nestled on the ocean headlands. My Chic Farmhouse is a tiny shop just packed with super elegant gifts, and Indigo Mendocino is a carefully curated boutique with the most amazing selection of natural fiber clothing, art, and jewelry. Gallery Bookshop is one of the finest independent bookstores in California, so don’t miss it! Highlight Gallery carries a gorgeous array of art, photography, ceramics and furniture, and Sallie Mac specializes in gifts and all things kitchen. Out of This World is the place to find gifts with science and education in mind, and Whistlestop is a Mendocino tradition just packed with interesting objects you’ll love . If you’re looking to pamper someone on your list, Bloom Skincare and Makeup and Perfume Mendo/Gallery of the Senses are just the ticket—gift certificates are a good idea anytime.
The jewelry and watches at Silver and Stone are unique, with beautiful custom designs by artisans, and Village Sock Shop is the place to find the perfect sock for your kicks. Three cannabis dispensaries are on the Mendocino map, too: Leonard Moore Cooperative, Spark, and Sol De Mendocino (formerly Love In It Co-op). Between Fort Bragg and Mendocino, be sure to stop in at Point Cabrillo Lighthouse, Caspar Curiosities, and Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens. Two Little River businesses are participating in Shop Small Saturday: Circa ’62 Restaurant at The Inn at Schoolhouse Creek, and Cottages at Little River Cove. Why stress out when you can enjoy holiday shopping on the Mendocino coast? You may even get all of your shopping done in one day!