Why Santa Loves Shopping in Petaluma

Petaluma Blvd. in Historic Downtown

Sure, Santa can shop anywhere but what fun is it shopping at a store that looks exactly like one 30 miles up the road?

That’s why Santa leaves the cookie cutter stores behind and travels to Petaluma, a historic city nestled along the Petaluma River, just 32 miles north of the Golden Gate and right off Highway 101. He loves shopping amongst the well-preserved iron-front buildings of the late 1800s that house antique galleries, boutiques and merchandise that can only be described as not your typical mall merchandise.

It’s all within walking distance…and has been for 150 years

Sienna Antiques in downtown Petaluma

Historic downtown Petaluma offers 15 city blocks of incomparable treasure-hunting adventure. Extending from the Petaluma riverfront to Keller Street, retailers purvey items that span the spectrum from the charmingly utilitarian to the genuinely exotic. Always a lively spot, downtown will be even more festive on December 2nd at the Merchants’ Holiday Open House. Carriage rides, carolers, great deals and more!

One of a kind shopping awaits you in Petaluma’s boutiques and galleries

Sonoma Spice Queen

Tucked inside the city’s architectural gems, you’ll discover stores as unique as their owners. Northern California designer Robindira Unsworth creates exotic handmade jewelry that has been featured in the Sundance catalogue. What woman wouldn’t love a gift certificate from Blush, offering the best beauty products on the market.

Spice up your holiday giving with one of Sonoma Spice Queen‘s handcrafted organic rubs or mixes. At Ethical Clothing, owners Erin and Kathy are committed to locally designed and mindfully manufactured wearables. Their free-flowing style makes it easy to find a gift that will be a perfect fit.

Need ideas on what to get the men in your life? Look no further than downtown Petaluma

Sonoma Cutlery
Louis Thomas Apparel Petaluma
Military Antiques & Museum

There’s nothing that makes quicker work of a task than having the right tool. And for guys who know their way around a stove, Sonoma Cutlery on Kentucky Street has an outstanding array of knives and accessories. He’ll thank you everytime he chops an onion.

Could his wardrobe use a tune-up from t-shirts and cargo shorts? For more than 60 years, Louis Thomas – also on Kentucky Street – has specialized in stylish and well-made apparel. A Tommy Bahama shirt from Louis Thomas will never go out of style.

For a really unique gift, head to the Military Antiques and Museum, the country’s largest retail military shop. It is 4,000 square feet of authentic items and memorabilia from the Civil War through modern military and everthing in between. It’s worth visiting the store just for its historical and educational value.

Not sure what color or style to buy? Petaluma has lots of one-size-fits-all gift options

Copperfield's Bookstore Petaluma

It’s hard to get into the holiday spirit staring at a computer screen for hours, clicking between a dozen tabs. When it comes to truly connecting the giver with the gift, there’s no substitute for shopping where every item has been personally selected by the owner. That’s what you’ll find at Field Works, Gallery One, and Truck & Barter just to name a few. When you find a gift that shows how much you care, everyone’s heart feels a little bigger…and that’s what the holidays are about!

Looking for a store that literally – or perhaps that should be literaturely – has something for everyone on your gift list? Copperfield’s in the heart of downtown, is a thriving local independent bookstore featuring an extensive selection of children’s and young adult books plus titles for every interest under the sun. Downstairs, bargain hunters…and treasure hunters…will want to prowl the 20,000 titles in Copperfield’s Underground, their used and rare bookstore.

For the 21 and over names on your list, we suggest giving some some holiday spirit(s)! Petaluma’s family-owned wineries produce handcrafted libations that blend inspired flavors with traditional techniques. Sonoma Portworks creates drinkable delights including their flagship DECO, a port with essenses of dark chocolate. It can be purchased at their tasting room or online. In addition to producing unique wines made from organic hand-picked grapes, Barber Cellars has beautiful gift baskets overflowing with the best of Sonoma County wine, cheese, and artisan goodies.

The best name brands gifts for the whole family at Petaluma Village Premium Outlets

Christmas Present

Less than a five minute drive from downtown, Petaluma Village Premium Outlets is the perfect place to wrap up your holiday shopping. With an impressive collection of brands including Coach, Brooks Brothers, Levi’s, Nike, Banana Republic, Gap and Old Navy just to name a few, you’ll be able to check off those last few names in a flash. Say hi to Santa while you’re there. He’ll be strolling the mall every Saturday from 4-6pm.