Shopping in San Mateo

50% Off Gear and Services at Summit Bicycles

Multiple Locations

$50 $25

High-end road and mountain bicycles, Bontrager apparel, repair services, and bike rentals by the day

65% Off a Tuxedo at Fashion Menswear

Burlingame

$260 $89.99

Expert clothiers outfit men in the epitome of high-society fashion, perfect for a prom, wedding, or gala

Interstate All Battery Center—Up to 55% Off Batteries

Oak Knoll - Redwood Park

$20 $9

Battery purveyor powers gadgets ranging from cell phones and cameras to computers and medical devices

Half Off Natural Health and Beauty Products

Fair Oaks

$20 $10

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

50% Adult Toys at Galleri

San Francisco International Airport

$40 $20

Large range of adult toys, novelties, and massage oils in a boutique designed to be intimidation-free

51% Off Boutique Shoes and Accessories at Kicks

Downtown Menlo Park

$100 $49

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The vibrant boutique brims with designer footwear, handbags, and accessories by designers such as French Sole and Kate Spade

50% Off Custom Smartphone or Tablet Case

Daly City

$30 $15

Hard plastic and leather cases get custom designs, including family photos and collages

Up to 71% Off Balloon Decorations

Daly City

$20 $10

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Brightly colored latex balloons hang in single strands, decorate tables, or form 50 ft. arches

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 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

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

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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

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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

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

Up to 80% Off Eyeglasses at Paquette Opticians

Shoreline West

$250 $49

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Single-vision or bifocal lenses fit into frames inside an optician-directed shop

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

Up to 62% Off Custom-Fit Italian Suit at Peter Cassara Clothiers

Sunnyvale

$795 $299

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Expert sartorialists fit high-quality Italian suits by Renoir, Carlo Lusso, and Giorgio Fiorelli to each client's unique form

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

Select Local Merchants

To call The Body Shop a mere skin and body care store is to miss half of what makes it special. Late founder Dame Anita Roddick was a pioneer for ethical business practices; upon opening her first store in Brighton, England, in 1976, she developed company values such as "Defend Human Rights" and "Protect The Planet." She somehow balanced principles and profit, partnering in global campaigns with UNICEF, Greenpeace, Amnesty International, and the United Nations, all while ultimately expanding her brand into 2,500 locations in over 60 international markets. After her death in 2007, then-British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said, “She campaigned for green issues for many years before it became fashionable to do so and inspired millions to the cause by bringing sustainable products to a mass market. . . . She was an inspiration.”

Indeed, the Body Shop exhibits an eco-friendliness and social consciousness that's hard to come by in a company of its size. Its products have been fair-trade since 1987, and its Against Animal Testing movement led to an EU-wide ban of animal testing of cosmetics. The products are made from ingredients harvested from around the world: shea butter from Ghana goes into body scrubs and butters, and Indian artisans craft wooden massagers and tote bags that are screenprinted by hand. But all that isn't to say the company's production practices overshadow its final products. Skincare treatments such as the brand’s iconic body butters, facial products, and gift collections often appear in Allure, Marie Claire, Lucky, Seventeen and other national publications.

173 Hillsdale Mall
San Mateo,
CA
US

In the bright spaces of Jamba Juice, mixers sprinkle mountains of all-natural, low-fat frozen yogurt with choices from seven toppings, such as almond and coconut. Dubbed Whirl'ns, cups filled with swirling, rivulet-etched peaks of frozen yogurt fuse the nutrition of real fruit and natural ingredients with the beneficial circuit training of active yogurt cultures.

48 E 4th Ave
San Mateo,
CA
US

Over the course of 50 years, the family that runs Helm of Sun Valley has amassed an inventory of top-shelf gear for wintry recreation and summertime watersports. Before stocking their shelves, the shop's athletic staffers take skis from Alpina, kiteboards from Cabrinha, and water skis from Connelly for test spins to appraise their performance. Standout sports gear snags a spot inside the store, along with apparel and accessories. Employees also rent out and tune up equipment. They specialize in fitting snowboard boots to feet, sometimes fashioning custom ZipFit liners by molding foam around arches. New kiteboard owners can master the sport by attending lessons, during which instructors teach basics on land before waving pupils onward into frothy crests.

333 N Amphlett Blvd
San Mateo,
CA
US

Dinner can be a hectic affair, and some families find that getting a filling, nutritious meal onto the table every night is sometimes exhausting. Knowing that dining out every night can quickly break the budget, entrepreneur Jay Cornwall decided to bridge the gap between takeout and at-home meals with a menu of freshly prepared pasta, ravioli, sauce, and entrees that can be fashioned into a full meal in less than 10 minutes. Every day, his chefs create a selection of 24 pastas, 15 sauces, and a signature entree, as well as mac 'n' cheese and lasagna. Chefs also curate a range of sides, bread, and wine, and even offer pairing advice on complementary flavors.

125 E 4th Ave
San Mateo,
CA
US

When Kit Morse took a sewing class in high school, she was certain never would again—she hated everything about sewing, especially the sewing part. But when her near-and-dear baby blanket needed mending, Morse took up a needle and thread. When she started making something beautiful to be proud of, she saw the art form in a whole new light, and fell in love with the hobby's meditative nature.

Morse opened Always Quilting & Sewing Center to create a sanctuary for people who shared a love of the craft—where they could take classes, share wisdom, and stock up on necessary tools. The vast inventory includes everything from batik fabrics to thimbles and even completed quilts.

4230 Olympic Ave.
San Mateo,
CA
US

Recognized by the county and city of San Mateo as a Bay Area Green Business, Press On Cleaners utilizes green practices that rid duds of dirt and odors without causing harm to humans or the environment. Its Professional Wet Cleaning system needs no toxic chemicals or solvents to get the job done, and the company’s commitment to biodegradable detergents and recycled hangers and poly bags decreases its carbon footprint. Customers can also schedule pickup and delivery for services that they use regularly, eliminating the hassle of driving to retrieve their formalwear, household linens, or leather.

1464 Cary Ave
San Mateo,
CA
US