Shopping at the Victorian Windsor Town Green

Windsor Town Green; photo by Wildly Simple

Although many of its buildings aren’t as historic as the local Victorians they so beautifully emulate, Windsor’s downtown shopping district lacks nothing when it comes to charm.

Shops and neighborhood eateries surround a spacious town green, which offers live music and events throughout the year. The shops are locally owned and run, so any conversations you happen to strike up with the shopkeeper will very likely yield a treasure of regional history and great reviews for food, walks, and events. Here’s a quick overview.

Atrellis Flower and Gift Shop

Outside of the shop there is a display with gifts
Atrellis Flower and Gift Shop; photo by Dan Quinones

Spruce up your hotel room with a fresh bouquet from Atrellis Flower and Gift Shop, which features flowers, plants, and wine country gifts.

Something Special Jewelers 

This shop is owned by a husband and wife team. The husband, Richard, is a trained gemologist who is a fanatic about beautifully crafted, unique jewelry. He offers a wonderful selection of antique jewelry for sale, some dating from the 1800s … including gold stickpins and Spanish doubloons. You’ll also find magnificent Native American jewelry crafted in turquoise and silver.

Or you can check out the modern pieces by such masters as Liquid Metal by Sergio or Joseff of Hollywood. While you’re there, you can get any jewelry fixed or watch batteries replaced, and find some handsome gifts to send home to boot.

Roost General Store

Olive oil and kitchen tools on display
Roost General Store

A lifestyle shop in downtown Windsor featuring local goods from Sonoma County, home goods, and pantry provisions.

Cravin’s Candy Emporium

The outside of the colorful candy shop
Cravin’s Candy Emporium; photo by Wildly Simple

Famous for its jaw dropping assortment of candy and vintage games, Cravin’s offers everything from handcrafted chocolate truffles to vintage candy mustaches. In between there’s a British section with, among other things, an expansive selection of Cadbury chocolates. Whatever your weakness — Moon Pies, artistically crafted marzipan fruit, or fiery mints — you’ll find it here.

And whatever your taste — from sugarless treats to a specific flavor of jellybean, to chocolate dipped insects — it’s all waiting for you. It’s also a great place to indulge your cherished childhood candy memories, from red vines to ‘penny candy’ and more. Oh, leave room for a scoop or two of creamy gelato on your way out the door. Basically, this is a bad, bad place for a diet, but a lovely excuse for a mini-shopping spree.

Mark Shimizu Design 

A person tries on a bracelet and the woman behind the counter smiles
Mark Shimizu Design; photo by Wildly Simple

This is an actual jeweler’s studio as well as retail space that sells not only the artist’s designs but those of local San Francisco, Marin, and Sonoma artists as well, plus estate jewelry and accessories. Looking for a very special, very local treasure to bring home?

Mark will work with you to create something that reflects whatever vision you have in mind — he designs and creates each piece himself, using whatever precious gems and metals strike your fancy. Take a little time to check out the original artwork and cards by local artists and accessories as well.

Windsor Bike and Sport

A row of cruisers outside the shop
Windsor Bike and Sport; photo by Wildly Simple

This place not only has a full service bike repair shop on the square, starting in spring 2018 they will be renting bikes for day use. This is one of the top 100 bike shops in the USA, which means that they keep up on any trends, innovations, and new products on the market.

For more ideas on what to do in Windsor, read 5 Fun Things To Do in Windsor

Looking for more fun things to do during your trip to Sonoma County? Take a look at the many outdoor activities to enjoy in the valleys, vineyards, coastline and Russian River areas of Sonoma County.

Go tasting at one (or more!) of the 425+ wineries in Sonoma County, and enjoy farm-to-table delights at these great restaurants when you get hungry.

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