Upscale Shopping in Downtown Petaluma
The Sonoma County town of Petaluma offers noteworthy antique shops, bookstores, fashion shops, and quite a few high-end boutiques — including some that cross over from home to fashion — all with the same elegant and easy aesthetic for the Wine Country lifestyle.
Best of all, you don’t have to wear your long distance shoes, as all these shops are within the same two-block area of downtown Petaluma.
One of the first things you’ll notice in the home store are Barloga’s Grand Format — magnificently oversized and ethereal feather photographs, measuring 40”x60” and each printed on a single sheet of cotton rag. They’re a stunning way to center the look of a room with subtle drama. Or, on a smaller scale, you’ll find gentle macrame dreamcatchers, handmade rustic pots with succulent arrangements, and natural design elements like shimmering geodes and agate slices.
At the boutique, you’ll find flattering wrap dresses, soft rumpled linen tunics by CP Shades, and supple Campomaggi handbags, plus metallic sneakers and leather sandals in earthen shades. Most importantly, though, you’ll want to check out the world famous Robindira Unsworth jewelry, featured in fashion magazines from the New York Times Style Magazine to O Magazine, Lucky, Marie Claire, and others. Take special note of the long, slinky necklaces in opals and chrysocolla which are made right in the store. The fashion boutique is located at 115 Petaluma Blvd. N., and the home store is a block away at 119 Kentucky St.
This is a third generation, family-owned, kitchen “boutique” for anyone who wants to cook and entertain with a decidedly Sonoma County sense of gracious hospitality and relaxed elegance. You’ll find handsome blue-and-white botanical print dishes, linens, and table accessories, plus an extensive selection of essentials for outdoor dining. Begin with Melamine dishes that mimic rustic china in everything from brilliant modern colorations to classic Italian majolica patterns. Add goblets and glasses in shimmering, but unbreakable, acrylic and brilliantly hued cutlery.
Toss it all into one of their handsome picnic baskets, with any of their designer tablecloths, and a few wine and cheese accessories for a memorable Sonoma County picnic. Or, if you’re a BBQ buff, check out their selection of modern and ergonomically designed tools by All Clad and Schmidt Bros. Finally, to celebrate your trip, iLeoni also offers a full selection of Catstudio vintage pattern towel and matching glassware designs featuring your favorite Sonoma County cities. 120 Kentucky St.
Family owned and operated, Truck & Barter is located inside the historic Hotel Petaluma on Washington Street. You’ll find sophisticated and uniquely beautiful gift and home items, almost all of which are made in America, often handcrafted by a individual artisans. In addition, check out the Truck & Barter Apothecary section with their own diffusers and candles, made of natural soy wax, pthalate-free oils, and the highest quality scents available.
Of note: every single element of their candles — from the wicks and waxes, to the vessels and boxes — are made in the USA, and are hand-poured in small batches here in Northern California. Compliment your candle selection with one or more goat’s milk soaps, which are all made from farm fresh California goat’s milk. Gather it all into one of their handmade baskets and basket purses, which are stunning enough to double as wall décor. 108 Washington St.
This locally owned store has been a successful boutique on Kentucky Street for over 25 years. As you might expect, they feature many locally designed and mindfully manufactured fashions. Looking for a little color? Check out the selection of easy to wear, easy to pack, Cut Loose Clothing in an artist’s palette of colors, all made in San Francisco. Or try on spring’s new breezy and feminine looks in soft blush pinks and gentle florals, as well as bright, summer-friendly stripes.
Whatever your plans in Sonoma County you’ll want warm-weather fabrics that keep you comfy and stylish throughout your day, from beach walking to candle light dinners, such as lightwash denim or anything in washable linen. You’ll also find accessories, jewelry, shoes and even a few well curated home items all under one roof. 122 Kentucky St. (and 113 E. First St. in Cloverdale).
After a morning of shopping you might be a bit hungry, or at least need a place to sit with a little something while you parade out your newest finds of the day. Like the shops, there are all sorts of eateries within those two blocks.
A classic Italian restaurant with a “big city” sensibility, Cucina Paradiso features authentic light-to-filling fare, including homemade pastas. Or opt for fun, fresh, and creative California fusion plates at Cafe Zazzle. Another option not to be missed: pie. Not just any pie. A farm-to-table bakery, Petaluma Pie Company offers a mouthwatering selection of individually sized sweet and savory pies.