Sonoma County has its share of quaint towns and kitchy boutiques, but Healdsburg does a particularly good job of blending uptown chic with down-home comforts, making it a delightful stop for shopping.
You’ll find dozens of galleries in Healdsburg, and every month they host Second Saturday Artwalk—a great chance to meet the artists and peruse the varied works for sale. Mixed in among these on the downtown streets you’ll also find antique shops; clothing, home décor, and gift boutiques; and two of the coolest foodie shops around. Here are a few of our favorites.
Two places to head to for clothing are ZiZi, for women’s designs that are endlessly wearable and super stylish; and Rete, which features trendy denim for men and women, as well as some designer lines.
334 Healdsburg Avenue
Monday – Saturday, 10:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
114 Matheson Steeet
Sunday – Thursday, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday – Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Barndiva is a wonderful restaurant in downtown Healdsburg that has a fabulous little gift shop next door. Studio Barndiva is an eclectic feast of artwork, textiles, and accessories by local creatives, such as Manok Cohen, Ismael Sanchez, and Jordy Morgan. Be sure to check out their 19th Century cigarette card collection, the largest in the country.
237 Center Street
This being wine country, you’d expect a wine store in town, and you’ll find a great one in Seasons of the Vineyard. It’s a showcase for the wines of Ferrari-Carano and Lazy Creek Vineyards, and offers chocolate pairings with Scharffen Berger chocolates. Double yum.
113 Plaza Street
Open daily, 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Book lovers will find a haven at Levin & Company, an independent bookseller on the Square that claims to have the largest fiction selection in Sonoma County. Upstairs there’s a nice art gallery.
306 Center Street
Monday – Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Sunday, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
SHED is a café plus grocery plus art and garden store—all-in-all one very cool place. Here you’ll find the farm-to-table vision brought to shopping with fabulous garden tools (mushroom foraging knife, anyone?), cookware, books, and local products such as fresh-milled polenta.
25 North Street
Monday – Wednesday, 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
No trip to Healdsburg would be complete without a visit to the Oakville Grocery. A fixture in wine country since 1881, it’s the longest continually operating grocery store in California, and the outpost here is a gem. Stop in to see its seasonal wine country offerings, or to buy some cheese, charcuterie and wine for a picnic. There’s a nice shaded patio where you can enjoy it.
124 Matheson Street
Sunday, Thursday, 6:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday – Saturday, 6:30 a.m. – 6: 00 p.m.
Of course, if you stay with any of us at our Wine Country Inns, we’ll be happy to give you a complete list of all our favorite shopping spots, with insider tips. Plan to visit soon and you can get in a little holiday shopping!