Specialty Shops Walk (Self Guided), Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz is home to an appealing variety of gifts, antiques and specialty shops. Stroll through Santa Cruz’s best shops on your own or check your favorite Santa Cruz store on this tour. Downtown Santa Cruz has the key to the best shopping experience, with over 200 original stores and shops. It's all here, don't miss it.
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Guide Name: Specialty Shops Walk
Guide Location: USA » Santa Cruz (See other walking tours in Santa Cruz)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.6 Km or 0.4 Miles
Author: karenl
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Om Gallery
  • Stephans Fine Jewelry
  • Paper Vision
  • Artisans Gallery
  • Hidden Peak Teahouse
  • Serpent's Kiss & Mama Chola's Botanica
Om Gallery

1) Om Gallery

Being situated in perhaps the best location in Santa Cruz, Om Gallery is like a multicolor jewel and is one of the best visual highlights of nighttime Pacific Garden Mall. The local owner, an artist, is proud of the beautifully crafted things like Asian lamps and custom-designed clothing and a lovely ambience; he tries to promote fair trade and improve good working conditions. Om Gallery works with family industries in Asia and every item in the store is handmade by families of tailors, lantern or lamp makers. Everything is reasonably priced and profitable to all partners. Om Gallery is definitely a place to check out if you are looking for something special and unique.

Operation hours: Sunday-Wednesday: 10 am - 9 pm; Thursday-Saturday: 10 am - 10 pm.
Stephans Fine Jewelry

2) Stephans Fine Jewelry

Stephans Fine Jewelry offers a wide collection of lovely modern and classic jewelry. During their 26 years of experience in Servicing the Santa Cruz community (and beyond) with good quality, affordable prices, comprehensive selections and a friendly and knowledgeable staff, they always receive thousands of new costumers. Stephan's is unique, comfortable, modest and high quality, and always maintains an amazing collection of specialty jewelry. The staff is really nice, they give helpful suggestions for reasonable and fine bridal jewelry and honors every customer's wish. This store is recommended to anyone looking for a charming engagement ring.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Saturday: 10 am - 5:30 pm; Sunday: 11 am - 5 pm
Paper Vision

3) Paper Vision

As the name implies, Paper Vision has the best selection of cards (half of the store is devoted to greeting cards) and a large selection of original, cute gift items and bizarre things. This lovely paper store has a plethora of fun, interesting and unique items. Here you can find something you either want or need, no matter the age or personality. The staff is nice, friendly and very knowledgeable about their products and about the art and framing services. One of the few admirable places in downtown Santa Cruz, Paper Vision modestly shows what makes Santa Cruz unique.

Operation hours: Monday - Thursday: 11 am - 7 pm; Friday - Saturday: 10 am - 7 pm; Sunday: 11 am - 6 pm.
Artisans Gallery

4) Artisans Gallery

Founded in 1976, Artisans Gallery started as an artists' cooperative displaying different fine ceramics, beautiful paintings, interior supplies, jewelry and unique candles. The gallery gives preference to local artists as well as artists from around the world, as it displays their artwork and great talent. The artwork and Artisans' crafts inspire everyone, are fun to look at and deserve to be appreciated and used. Artisans try to achieve their motto “Dedicated to the Creative Spirit" by facilitating the making of American crafts with emphasis on the local artists that Santa Cruz and the other communities have to offer.

Operation hours: Sunday - Thursday: 10:30 am - 6:30 pm; Friday - Saturday: 10:30 am - 8:30 pm
Hidden Peak Teahouse

5) Hidden Peak Teahouse

Hidden Peak Teahouse is a must go if you are a Chinese tea lover or just an inexperienced, amateur tea drinker. This beautiful little shop is filled and well-stocked with antiques of great interest: bowls, tea pots, tea-ware and a rich collection of high integrity teas and pu-ehrs. The owner is always pleased to impart his knowledge on tea traditions, is very friendly and exudes happiness. This is a fabulous place for those who have never seen a tea ceremony, a demonstration of achieving calm and the art of inspiring oneself to appreciate where and with whom you are.

Operation hours: Sunday - Thursday: 11 am - 9 pm; Friday - Saturday: 11 am - 9:30 pm
Serpent's Kiss & Mama Chola's Botanica

6) Serpent's Kiss & Mama Chola's Botanica

The Serpent's Kiss is a Magical Arts Shop and Botanica specialized in healing tools, authentic artifacts, holy water, witch craft items and many worshiping supplies. The store has the most beautiful selection of ritual oils and fine crystals in the area, as well as the widest selection of unusual items - books, jewelry, talismans, perfumes, herbs and other ritual supplies. Many of the supplies at this shop are special and are prepared in harmony with mother nature by Priests and Priestesses, intelligent men and women. The staff is highly knowledgeable and always glad to give suggestions; they even have classes about rituals based on gods and how to explore beliefs with books and tarot cards. Definitely a must see when you are in this area.

Operation hours: Monday - Thursday: 12 pm – 7 pm; Friday: 11 am- 7 pm; Weekend: 11 am - 8 pm.

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