Shopping at the Victorian Windsor Town Green
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.
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, the profits of which go directly to aid for those who lost their homes in the October firestorms.
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.
Mirror/Mirror and La Sophia
Both these stores are owned or co-owned by the same fashionista, McKinsey Swain. Mirror/Mirror offers a constantly evolving, and nicely affordable, inventory of simple and sophisticated styles that work in almost any setting from work to weekend. You’ll find lots of trendsetting California fashions by Lovestitch and Promesa, as well as handsome Australian Quay sunglasses and, coming soon, a line of shoes for spring.
If your suitcase can’t hold more new purchases, Mirror/Mirror will ship those that total over $100 for free. La Sophia carries on the tradition of helping you look amazing by combining a fashion boutique with an elegant hair and nail salon.
This is the best of a small town bookstore: full of classics and new best sellers. In fact, it’s amazing that a small store can contain such a wide variety. I couldn’t find any genre missing … including everything from cookbooks to comics.
And of course, you can also find those little things that always make bibliophiles smile: stylish reading glasses, audio books, and mini reading lights, as well as imaginative cards, journals, CDs, and gift-worthy treasures to bring home.
Famous for its jaw dropping assortment of candy and vintage games, Powell’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.
Don’t miss this fabulous emporium of lamps, furniture, and home accessories, plus vintage and modern housewares. They are known for their milk paint furnishings and paints in an artistic array of shades, if you like the gently distressed look of country antiques. Everything in the store resonates with a feeling of shabby chic style … but with an added boost of elegance and quirky charm.
Take time to just wander through, to check out the unique gifts and, surprisingly, a whole section of cute fashions for babies to teenagers.
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.
Also known as Windsor Bike and Sport, 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.