Shopping in Alamo

$10 for Adult Novelties at Adult Megastores

Multiple Locations

$20 $10

Adult-store chain stocks a variety of romance items, such as personal massagers, lingerie, DVDs, and massage oils

Up to 60% Off Hair Extensions at Hello Tiara

Orinda

$750 $374.99

Extensionists add length and volume to hair with non-damaging plastic covered silicon ring that hold hair in place for six months

50% Off New and Gently Used Sports and Fitness Equipment

Concord

$30 $15

New and gently used brand-name sports and fitness equipment

50% Off Sports Apparel, Gear & Accessories at Heads Up Sports

Concord

$30 $15

Sports apparel, gear, and accessories emblazoned with team-specific logos

Half Off at Beauty Galleria

Floresta Gardens - Bradrick

$10 $5

Beauty products including haircare, nailcare, skincare, and makeup

Half Off Handcrafted Bath Products and Gifts

San Leandro

$30 $15

Family-owned boutique features handcrafted soaps, jewelry, balloons, and customized gift baskets

Up to 33% Off Prolific Screen Printing Company

Hayward

$12 $8

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

American Apparel — 57% Off Circle Scarf

Multiple Locations

$28 $12

Seamless, tubular American Apparel scarves available in dozens of colors and many fabrics

50% Off Adult Toys at Good Vibrations

Multiple Locations

$50 $25

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Personal and couples massagers, lubricants, and romantic accessories such as massage candles

Half Off Lingerie and Halloween Costumes

Downtown

$40 $20

Collection of lingerie and skimpy costumes adds spice to bedrooms or Halloween parties

Half Off Natural Health and Beauty Products

Fruitvale Station

$20 $10

Bilingual wellness store with weight-management products, herbs, and other health and beauty products

50% Off

Pittsburg

$100 $50

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

50% Shieno

Pleasanton

$50 $25

Shoppers don colorful sarees, hand-embroidered shawls, flowing cotton tunics, and ruby-studded polki jewelry

Half Off at Oliver’s Ace Hardware 

El Sobrante

$30 $15

Local outpost of nation’s oldest chain of hardware stores with products from Craftsman, Weber, and DeWalt

63% Off Golf Club Regripping in Brentwood

Brentwood

$160 $59.99

Golf-dedicated sporting goods store offers players everything they need to play the game—from equipment to in-store lessons

50% Off at Traveling Pants

Brentwood

$30 $15

Boutique stocks quality pre-owned clothing, such as Seven for All Mankind jeans, Dolce & Gabanna shoes, and Louis Vuitton handbags

Up to 52% Off Cell Phone Accessories

Irvington

$25 $12

Variety of cases, batteries, and screen protectors for an array of cell phones, including iPhones

50% Off at Cole Hardware

Multiple Locations

$30 $15

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Hardware store in business for nearly 100 years stocks a large inventory of tools and supplies backed by Ace Hardware

52% Off from KINGS eLiquid & eCigarette

North Beach

$48 $23

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Stop smoking with the help of e-liquids and e-cigarette starter kits, which come with a rechargeable battery and carrying case

Up to 52% Off Wine and Wine Tastings for Two

Ghirardelli Square at Fisherman's Wharf

$82 $39

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Guests sip stashed-away wines during reserve tasting at award-winning winery, then pick a bottle or two to take home

Up to 51% Off Men's and Women's Clothing and Accessories

San Francisco

$50 $25

Triangular gold earrings, ankle cuffs, spiked necklaces, men's rings, and men's casual apparel

$15 or $30 for Maternity Wear and Baby Clothes

Lower Pacific Heights

$30 $15

Shop welcomes expectant mothers with tranquil fountains, a lounge, and racks full of cute baby clothes and flattering maternity wear

Up to 86% Off Peel Packages

San Francisco

$99 $19

Peels, creams, and masks contain resveratrol, an antioxidant that dispels toxins to fight wrinkles and other signs of aging

50% Off

Central Sunset

$40 $20

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

51% Off Electronic Cigarette Kit

Telegraph Hill

$150 $74

Electronic cigarette kit allows users control over vapor and flavor intake while providing sensation similar to smoking

Half Off Natural Health and Beauty Products

San Francisco

$20 $10

Bilingual health and wellness store with vitamins, supplements, weight-management products, skin-care and makeup products.

Half Off Tote Bag

Fisherman's Wharf

$20 $10

Get a tote bag at a popular apparel store located on Fisherman's Wharf

Up to 60% Off Pearl Lounge

Downtown

$40 $16

Jewelers proffer cultured freshwater pearl necklaces, white jade drop bridal necklaces & amethyst earrings among other distinctive items

50% Off Sewing Class

Mission Bay

$10 $5

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

83% Off Three Bracelets at Ally+Zoe

Downtown

$149 $24.99

Show off your knowledge of the stacking-bracelets trend by adorning your wrist with a set of three fashionable bracelets

Up to 64% Off Bespoke Menswear at BookATailor

Financial District

$198 $99

Skilled tailors take clients' measurements and customize each suit and shirt with fabrics made in Italy and England

50% Off Custom Suits and Shirts

South Beach

$1,000 $500

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Designer and bespoke suits of super 100 or 110 English wool and Egyptian-cotton shirts in a selection of colors with a hand-cut neckline

44% Off Jewelry

San Francisco

$45 $25

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$10 for Phones and Accessories at GoAppleGo

Chinatown

$20 $10

iPhone cases in fun designs, USB ports disguised as jewelry, and new iPhones and Apple computer accessories

Up to 52% Off at Fat Grape Winery

San Francisco

$5 $2.50

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Sample sulfite-free wines made from Californian grapes before purchasing bottles of your own; more than a dozen varietals available

68% Off Airsoft Shooting Range Session for Two

Fisherman's Wharf

$189.86 $60

(45)

Visitors take aim with airsoft machine guns during shooting range session & take home 2 souvenir airsoft handguns & targets used in session

51% Off Wine Tasting for Two at Winery Collective

Nob Hill

$92 $45

(65)

Taste five vintages culled from California’s boutique wineries and select a bottle to take home

50% Off at CompAndSave

Newark

$20 $10

Printer ink and toner cartridges and accessories for brands including Epson, HP, Canon, Lexmark, Brother, and Kodak

Select Local Merchants

Fariba Sasson isn't just a painter. She's also a floral designer, a jewelry maker, and a clay sculptor. For the multidisciplinary artist and owner of Clay Bundles, mixing media is what it's all about. This approach helps her and other artists discover designs they might not otherwise have created, such as clay art adhered to an acrylic painting or a 3D bust of one's landlord springing from a glass window. She and her instructors teach this approach during hands-on classes that include mosaics, canvas paintings, and clay projects inside picture frames. They also host parties and family art nights where participants can unearth their artistic skills in a supportive environment.

220 Alamo Plaza
Alamo,
CA
US

When Lori Shannon first announced her intent to run a marathon, people responded with more than a hint of incredulity. Lori had no experience and, at 5’3” and a size 16, she didn’t cut the form of a typical distance runner. Even so, she set to work and completed the 1993 New York City Marathon, proving to herself that with the proper training and dedication, she need not live life as a spectator. Since crossing that first finish line, Lori has never looked back; she has since run multiple marathons, competed in triathlons, and ridden her bike cross-country.

Seven years later, Lori founded See Jane Run in San Francisco, hoping to empower women to test their limitations and bolster their own fitness and self-confidence. The female-operated fitness company has since grown to encompass four West Coast locations that sell women’s running gear, including shoes, sports bras, and aerodynamic shower caps. At its four retail locations, like-minded runners come together with free weekly run clubs, giving them a group setting in which to train to meet their own individual goals or prepare for one of See Jane Run’s half marathons or 5Ks.

3480 Blackhawk Plaza Cir
Danville,
CA
US

The selection of rustic knickknacks and furniture at My Backyard by Tassajara Nursery gives homes and gardens an off-the-beaten-path look. The shop—a sister store of Tassajara Nursery—lines its shelves with a countrified hodgepodge of items, including one-of-a-kind birdhouses, fountains in a range of sizes, and impressive pottery pieces. Assorted lanterns and wreaths imbue gardens with pastoral warmth, and hand-painted dressers and imported Peruvian furniture bring country comforts indoors. Friendly staff members greet visitors with a helpful hand and an eye for decorating that has been passed down from an ancient Cyclops clan of interior designers.

3380 Blackhawk Plaza Circle
Danville,
CA
US

Geoffrey Scott boasts 4,000 square feet of fashion-forward women's apparel, jewelry and accessories, outerwear, eveningwear, and look-stunning-mowing-the-lawn-wear for $8 and up, with many fashions under $100. Various designer labels such as Nanette Lepore, Diane von Furstenberg, and Lucky brand—as well as jewelry from must-have Alexis Bittar and Geoffrey Scott collections—patiently wait on racks and shelves to be chosen in a clothes draft. Bundle up in a double-breasted tweed coat ($98) over a flirtatiously draped dress ($69), or strut the streets in a pair of inscribed shiny leggings ($49) while flashing a stone-studded triple-pyramid ring ($40), the female answer to a Super Bowl Ring.

3450 Blackhawk Plaza Cir
Danville,
CA
US

A frequent winner of Diablo magazine’s Best Maternity Couture Shop in the East Bay award, Stork’s Nest delivers a chic bundle of maternity and baby clothes and nursery accessories. Maternity clothes in a variety of styles, from seersucker dresses ($96) to vertigo pants ($64), snuggle up to their baby-size offspring. In addition to chromosome-specific Baby Brother onesies ($33) and Toni Tierney bluebird dresses ($51), gender-neutral clothes such as Trumpette knit hoodies ($27) keep both boys and girls stylish and un-naked. Stork's Nest also carries a cozy collection of nursery accessories from chenille baby blankets ($32–$64) to mobiles that sing nightly Metallica lullabies.

802 Sycamore Valley Rd W
Danville,
CA
US

Every morning, florist Susan Crane rises before the sun and steals away to her home garden, sprinkling her plants with water as she revels in being outdoors. By 6 a.m., she’s on her way to a premier flower mart, where she handpicks blossoms to bring to her Bloom Artistry studio. There, Crane meets with clients, from betrothed couples to office managers, to devise handheld bouquets, centerpieces, and color-coordinated vases to suit a wide variety of occasions, living spaces, and personal styles. Wedding bouquets wrapped in ribbons and accented with pearls coordinate with grooms’ boutonnieres as well as with current trends, which Crane continuously studies at Southern California School of Floral Design and by sneaking peaks at roses' fashion magazines.

627 Morninghome Road
Danville,
CA
US