Shopping in Santa Rosa, CA
In Santa Rosa, in central Sonoma County, any day is a good shopping day. In beautiful weather, consider a stroll around historic Railroad Square or Courthouse Square, both downtown and full of small, owner-run shops. And if it turns hot, or rainy, or cold, or otherwise unpleasant, simply take off to a conveniently covered outdoor mall, or either of two indoor malls that offer a full day of protected shopping!
This area was recently renovated to include a spacious city plaza bordered by Fourth Street’s colorful outdoor bistro tables, market umbrellas, and flower boxes. Of the many stores in the area, two are of special note for their offerings of local artistry: the first is Corrick’s, which has been serving Santa Rosa for over 100 years. In addition to cards and gifts, they are justly proud of their extensive Art Trails Gallery, which features local artists’ works from around the county. And Made Local Marketplace offers more than 700 items made in the North Bay (mostly Sonoma County) including foods, clothing, jewelry, and gifts. It’s almost impossible to come out of this store empty handed. Best of all, both stores also feature events with local artisans. Two more suggestions: Kindred Fair Trade Handcrafts with a global collection of gifts, jewelry and clothing for every age; and find time for a visit to Treehorn Books, which is a book lover’s dream store, with floor-to-ceiling rare and vintage books.
This is the same street, but a very different vibe from the Fourth Street area on Courthouse Square. This shopping area is located between Highway 101 on the east, Wilson Street on the west, and between Third street to the south and Fifth street to the north. Historic and quirky, Railroad Square offers stores you may not find anywhere else. Begin with Green Fish Trading, filled with exquisite, museum-quality Asian antiques. The owner imports his favorite finds and unique treasures directly to the store, with all item found on his semi-annual trips to Japan and Tibet. On the other end of the shopping spectrum, Disguise The Limit offers a fabulous collection of costume paraphernalia and weird, fun gifts. Both stores are worth just wandering through for the experience. In between you’ll find an antique emporium and jewelry and fashion shops, as well as some great restaurants. Remember to stop by the Santa Rosa Visitor Center to pick up information for your next outing.
A charming village within a city. Park the car and stroll the sidewalks. Whether you love classic, cutting edge, or simply chic looks, you’ll be delighted by the offerings of men’s and women’s clothing, as well as gifts and home furnishing to be found in national retail stores and local boutiques. In need of a little pampering? Hair salons and a rejuvenating full service spa are also available in the village. Then head to the French bakery or a local coffee roastery for a little afternoon pick me up. You can also enjoy art shows, events, and concerts throughout the year. Montgomery Village is located on the corner of Highway 12 and Farmers Lane.
Located right downtown, within easy walking distance of both Courthouse Square and Railroad Square, on B Street between First and Sixth streets. There are over 100 stores available, but a few are worth special note: Lush Cosmetics offers products made from fresh organic fruit and vegetables with pure essential oils. If you love music and pop culture, visit Hot Topic — from the in-store events to band T-shirts and body jewelry, they’ve got you covered. Champs Sports is a one-stop shop for athletic footwear, apparel, and accessories. Special note; there are lots of comfy chairs in the mall, with charging stations next to them that cater to all your devices. Regular hours are Monday through Friday 10 a.m.-9p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-8 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Located slightly north and west of downtown proper, Coddingtown Mall is easily accessed from Highway 101, and covers all your shopping bases, including a very popular Nordstrom’s Rack and Macy’s on one end and an extensive Whole Foods and JC Penny on the other with a midpoint anchor of Target. While some parts of the mall are under renovation, it’s easy to make your way to your favorite shops and to enjoy some really excellent food — including Sea Noodle Bar, Jack’s Urban Eats, and a sizable take out section at Whole Foods with hot and cold foods and a salad bar. Feeling a little shopped out? There are stations with massage chairs for tired backs and footsore spouses. Regular hours are Monday through Friday 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; and Sunday 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
The bottom line: there’s no reason to “shop ’til you drop” in Santa Rosa. There are far too many charming coffee shops, gourmet restaurants, and pampering spas to nourish you on your shopping journey!