Items from In the Making in Petaluma
Items from In the Making in Petaluma

Take Sonoma County Home

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From artisan soap and orchard-to-bottle olive oils and vinegars to fine art and handcrafted wine-barrel furniture, these made-in-Sonoma County artisanal items, crafted by local makers, will allow you to take a piece of Sonoma County home with you.

Art, Home Decor and Furniture

Fairmont Gallery (Sonoma)

Bring Wine Country home with you … in pastel, acrylic, or oil. Sonoma’s Fairmont Gallery features paintings of Wine Country by renowned artists from all over the country and the Bay Area, including pieces by gallery owner and national award-winning artist Manette Fairmont.

Dickinson Glass (Sebastopol)

Dickinson Glass in Sebastopol
Dickinson Glass in Sebastopol

Local glass artist and designer Michael Dickinson of Dickinson Glass, located in The Barlow, handcrafts glass using the traditional Venetian technique combined with contemporary scientific approaches. The collections he showcases in his studio and showroom feature stunning, elegant pieces ranging from wine glasses, champagne flutes, and cocktail glasses to vases and centerpieces.

Swede’s Feeds (Kenwood)

While the name of this business may not indicate it, Swede’s Feeds is known for its creative metal art structures and wonderful gardens – complete with live animals! The business also crafts patio furniture from recycled redwood. Stroll through Swede’s open-air “store” filled with hand-made metal art (including a giant dinosaur) and other artistic outdoor gift items, and then purchase something to take home to remind you of this unique experience. 

Wine Barrel Workshop (Healdsburg)

Started by Austin Hawley of Hawley Winery, Wine Barrel Workshop handcrafts beautiful furniture out of recycled oak wine barrels (sourced primarily from Hawley Wines). The store’s main offerings include Adirondack chairs, rocking chairs, side tables, cheeseboards, and cutting boards. Interested customers can see pieces in person at the Hawley tasting room in Healdsburg or make an appointment to check them out at the workshop.

Artisan Products, Clothing, and Jewelry

In the Making (Petaluma)

In the Making in Petaluma
In the Making in Petaluma

The designers/makers at In the Making specialize in heritage leather carryalls and heirloom ceremonial jewelry, designed and crafted, sustainable, in-house at their workshop and store in Petaluma. The cozy minimalist boutique-meets-workshop also offers a selection of curated goods that “enhance daily ritual and celebrate beauty.”

Visit In the Making’s workshop/store to see what designers are currently working on, peruse current offerings, or consult with one of the designers about a custom piece. 

JG Switzer (Sebastopol)

JG Spitzer in Sebastopol
JG Spitzer in Sebastopol

Initially a wool blanket company, JG Switzer has now expanded to include a selection of natural fiber textiles, bedding, and items for the home. The all-female design team at JG Switzer design, mill, and sew every piece in the brand’s workshop at The Barlow, using the finest quality wool, silk, linen, cashmere, cotton, and hemp. 

Three Sisters Apothecary and Soap Cauldron (Penngrove)

Three Sisters Apothecary and Soap Cauldron in Penngrove
Three Sisters Apothecary and Soap Cauldron in Penngrove - Photo Credit: Brooke Herron

Sisters Pandora and Emma, and Emma’s daughter Sabrina of Three Sisters Apothecary and soap cauldron craft their bath and skincare items using ingredients directly from nature, inspired by local herbs and fruit. Try their Mission Fig and Honey or Santa Rosa Plum Shea Butter soap, or their Gravenstein Apple Clove or Meyer Lemon and Agave body butter, for scents that are uniquely Sonoma County. You can peruse Three Sisters’ heavenly body scrubs, soaps, body butters, salves, shampoo bars, and oils at their workshop (aka cauldron) in Penngrove or purchase them at local markets such as Oliver’s, Whole Foods, and Community Market in Santa Rosa and Sebastopol.

Three Sisters’ products are 100% cruelty free, made with 100% natural ingredients, and packaged with 100% recycled materials. 

Craft Spirits

Barber Lee Spirits (Petaluma)

Barber Lee Spirits in Petaluma
Barber Lee Spirits in Petaluma - Photo Credit: Brooke Herron

Crafting expressive whiskies, apple brandy, rum, and absinthe in small batches made with heirloom corn, grain, and organic herbs, the Barber Lee Spirits family-run distillery in Petaluma is a great place to shop – and pick up a unique bottle to add to your collection. Their small-batch whiskeys sport handmade labels that display the batch and bottle number (handwritten), and their apple brandy (made with local Gravenstein apples) and Absinthe are almost too good. Can’t decide which one to buy? Try a sampler set that includes six sample-sized bottles of spirits and glasses. 

Prohibition Spirits (Sonoma)

Prohibition Spirits in Sonoma produces a wide range of specialty gins, brandies, liqueurs, amaros, whiskeys, and rum at their Sonoma distillery. There’s something for every kind of spirit-lover here, including a pink gin that is so pretty it doesn’t need a gift box, and so smooth and easy to drink it’s dangerous. Customers go crazy for Prohibition’s pink gin, limoncello, walnut liqueur, elegant brandies, and smooth whiskies. Choose a special bottle to take home and enjoy while you reminisce about your time in Sonoma County.

Spirit Works (Sebastopol)

Committed to the “grain to glass” philosophy, Spirit Works Distillery brings in whole, organic grains that are milled, mashed, fermented, and distilled batch-by-batch, entirely onsite at the Sebastopol distillery.

Spirit Works specializes in gin, sloe gin, and whiskey, featuring a four-year-old Straight Wheat, Straight Rye, and Four Grain Bourbon Whiskey and a Sloe Gin, Barrel Gin, and Barrel Reserve Sloe Gin. Located in The Barlow, Spirit Works is conveniently located next to several of the other businesses we’ve included here, making it easy to shop for and pick up a few special items at once. 

Artisan Farm Products, Chocolate and Sweets

Gold Ridge Farms (Sebastopol)

Gold Ridge Organic Farms in Sebastopol operates a 100% organic farm with 70 acres of olive oil orchards, heirloom apple trees, and a variety of citrus fruit trees. The farm’s mantra is “more love, fewer chemicals.”

The farm mills its rich, organic, extra virgin olive oils from a blend of Italian, French, and Spanish olive varieties and crafts cider vinegar and syrups from its organic heirloom apples and citrus fruit. The farm also produces luxurious olive oil soaps. Purchase one of the farm’s gift boxes to take a selection of organic olive oils, soaps, and cider vinegars or syrups home with you, or try one of their olive oil collections to taste the difference in varieties and blends.

Little Apple Treats (Sebastopol)

Little Apple Treats in Sebastopol
Little Apple Treats in Sebastopol - Photo Credit: Brooke Herron

Offering handcrafted and delicious apple-based products like apple cider vinegar, shrubs, caramels, and granola, apple farmers Joanne and Dan use their culinary creativity to showcase their high-quality apple cider and apple cider vinegar. The common thread in all of Little Apple Treats products is the deliciously tart apples grown on the farm in West Sonoma County.

You can purchase Little Apple Treats products directly from the business online or at the following local markets and businesses: The Branchline (shrubs and vinegar), Miracle Plum (caramels), Jupiter Foods (shrubs, vinegar, caramels), Penngrove Market (shrubs and vinegar), Griffo Distillery (shrubs), and Spirit Works Distillery (shrubs). 

Fleur Sauvage Chocolates (Windsor)

There are no more beautiful and artistic chocolates than those crafted by Fleur de Sauvage Chocolates at its Windsor chocolaterie. Peruse the shop’s selection of artisan, handcrafted and artistic chocolates and decadent desserts to select the perfect gift for someone special or simply as a reminder of how delicious Sonoma County can be. Choose from different sized boxes of bon bons (including a heart-shaped box option), or an edible dark chocolate wine bottle- or heart-shaped box filled with truffles.  


Written by Brooke Herron