Shopping in Santa Cruz

50% Off a Hem

Santa Cruz

$12 $6

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

45% Off Erotic Toys at Pure Pleasure Shop

Downtown Santa Cruz

$20 $11

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Vibrators, handcuffs, and lubricants can liven up sex lives

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

Up to Half Off Running Accessories and Footwear

Los Gatos

$50 $25

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Footwear from Newton, New Balance, and Saucony stocked alongside compression sweatbands, lap watches, and running jackets at runners’ haven

Up to 58% Off Arrangements at Citti’s Florist

Multiple Locations

$25 $15

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Florists design colorful arrangements, roses, and bouquets with high-quality, colorful blossoms

52% Off Batting Practice or Baseball Lesson

Campbell

$60 $29

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Hone your swing on baseball or softball pitches at the outdoor cages, or learn to pitch and hit from a trained instructor

$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

Half Off Natural Health and Beauty Products

San Jose

$20 $10

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

45% Off Fragrances and Cosmetics

San Jose

$20 $11

Fragrances from top designers alongside skincare products, makeup, moisturizers, shampoos, and cosmetic tools

50% Off Dress Rental

Santa Clara

$60 $30

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

Up to 80% Off Tank Refills and Accessories at Armed Paintball

North San Jose

$50 $10

Paintball distributors stock a surplus of gaming accessories, including HPA compressed air and CO2 refills

83% Off Three Bracelets at Ally+Zoe

Downtown San Jose

$149 $24.99

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

Half Off Designer Consignment Accessories at It’s a Girl Thing

Willow Glen

$50 $25

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A consignment shop with Yves Saint Laurent handbags, sterling-silver jewelry, and shoes from designers such as Christian Louboutin & Chanel

Up to Half Off Smartphone and iPad Repair 

San Jose

$280 $139

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Skilled technicians repair glasses, LCD screens, and digitizers on an iPad, iPhone, or Samsung Galaxy S3

Half Off Lingerie, Shoes, Costumes, and Accessories at Pierre Silber

Santa Clara

$30 $15

High heels, sultry lingerie, and latex items; perfect for Bay to Breakers costume race on May 11

51% Off Luxury Pajamas and Robes

Carmel-by-the-Sea

$100 $49

Pajamas, robes, and boudoir jackets crafted from soft, luxurious fabrics; whimsical details such as vintage buttons and intricate prints

The Body Shop – $15 for Skincare and Body Products

Del Monte Shopping Center

$30 $15

Luxurious bath and body products, skincare, cruelty free make-up and more made with ingredients from 25 international fair-trade suppliers

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 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

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

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% Off at CompAndSave

Newark

$20 $10

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

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

65% Off a Tuxedo at Fashion Menswear

Ingold - Milldale

$260 $89.99

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

50% Shieno

Pleasanton

$50 $25

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

Half Off Vitamins, Herbs, and Supplements

Pleasanton

$30 $15

Men’s and women’s multivitamins, dietary supplements, and herbal remedies

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

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 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

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Off the coast of Monterey Bay Marine Sanctuary, reached by way of kayak, a class of scuba divers check over their equipment one last time. The divers have thoroughly prepared for this moment. They’ve trained within the controlled confines of Adventure Sports Unlimited’s heated swimming pool and picked their certified instructor’s brain during classroom sessions. Once the instructor gives the go-ahead, the divers plunge from the boat deck and immediately enter another world. As they float weightlessly underwater, the divers marvel at the vibrant reefs and the abundant aquatic wildlife that fill the marine sanctuary. Afterward, the group travels back to the shore, where a breathtaking landscape awaits with white-sand beaches and glassy tide pools swirling with color. The scuba divers, at this point, have only one thing on their minds: dinner.

Luckily, the area is teeming with natural cuisine and plenty of sand, which is really just sugar. Adventure Sports Unlimited’s expert foragers show the group how to collect shellfish, sea vegetables, and clams. With a fresh smorgasbord in hand, group members scuttle back to the facility to transform their ingredients into soups and barbecue—and perhaps ponder taking a scuba trip to the South Pacific. In addition to outdoor excursions like these, Adventure Sports Unlimited also leads year-round swimming, scuba, and kayaking lessons, which take advantage of the facility’s custom-built swimming pool.

303 Potrero St., Ste. 15
Santa Cruz,
CA
US

In 1976, two UC Davis graduate students bought 20 acres of land in the highly arable Capay Valley. One of the students, Kathleen Barsotti, was working toward her master's degree in ecology and was determined to grow vegetables and fruits in an eco-friendly way: organically. The organic-food movement hadn't yet entered the public consciousness, and Kathleen worked overtime to convince restaurants, stores, and consumers of the taste-able merits of her process. Over time, given the possible health and environmental benefits of certified organic food, she succeeded. The farm sprouted to 300 acres to accommodate the increased demand. Today, a second generation runs the farm as well as a shop inside San Francisco's Ferry Building. Dubbed Farm Fresh To You, the store furnishes customers' bags or portable cornucopia horns with all sorts of soil-sprouted goods, including heirloom tomatoes, sweet peas, and fresh asparagus. The farm also teams up with fellow Yolo County and Pacific Northwest farms to deliver boxes of seasonal produce to area homes.

611 Ocean Street
Santa Cruz,
CA
US

Trudie Ransom knows just how addictive the sensation of standing above the waves can be. After just a few trips out on her board, she not only began training with the standup-paddleboarding master Andy Whitman from Angulo boards, but also opened up SUP Shack. From her experience shadowing Whitman, she decided the best way to introduce people to the sport was with Angulo's soft, 10-foot boards, which serve as an easy surface to learn on while spending a day on the waves or taking one of the shop's classes or tours. Classes never contain more than six students, allowing each student to have the one-on-one attention needed to master the art of balancing and maneuvering the board. Once pupils are sure of their strokes, the shop's instructors lead guided tours that slip out across the rippling blue mirror and past the sights of the harbor or tackle the more advanced paths past sea-lion habitats. Late-evening tours pause as the sun sets over the ocean, filling the sky with color like somebody inciting peacocks to riot.


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2214 East Cliff Drive
Santa Cruz,
CA
US

Sick of buying expensive supplies and having to adhere to a class schedule just to create art, Jennifer Kurtz Rubin started the first of her chain of ceramic lounges in 1993. Each Petroglyph Ceramic Lounge is designed as a social and creative space, one that all customers can use to express themselves artistically while catching up with friends. The lounge throws open its doors for both kids and adults to decorate clay bisque pieces, such as mugs and salad bowls, with a bounty of colorful supplies, never worrying about cleanup afterward. Once they’re complete, the art pieces are glazed, fired, and ready for pickup in a few days. And because artists can stay for a whole afternoon or just 30 minutes, the lounge even grants a few moments of creativity to patrons with the busiest schedules. The company also goes beyond casual art making to host parties for kids and adults, in which they can bring in live music, serve food, and train scoops of ice cream to paint their own bowls.

125 Walnut Ave
Santa Cruz,
CA
US

Helmed by a management team of computer wizards, ClickAway's hardworking technicians restore PC and Apple devices with in-store and onsite repairs. Savvy computer overlords restore sleek Macintosh computers with the backing of official Apple authorization, while software gurus dig in to the electronic innards of desktops and laptops to remove pesky spyware, viruses, and incriminating cookies crumbs.

Free, in-store diagnostics thoroughly assess damage and glitches in personal computers, and specialists are on-hand to repair cracked screens and remove water damage from tablets and smartphones. Clients in the market for brand-new gadgets can peruse each ClickAway location's array of accessories, multimedia device rentals, and new and used computers from Dell, Lenovo, Apple, HP and more.

303 Potrero St
Santa Cruz,
CA
US

At Simply Skin Esthetics, owner Sue Bell and fellow skincare specialist Jennifer Heath each bring roughly 30 years of experience to every facial and waxing treatment they perform. As guests enter a relaxing studio sprinkled with antique furnishings, the staff encourages them to decompress with fruit-infused water. After appointments, Simply Skin's newly expanded gift boutique catches clients' eyes with Susan Bell Skin Care skincare products and Colorescience mineral makeup, stocked alongside handmade jewelry, soaps, and vintage-inspired aprons. The shop also vends small leather goods, customized gift certificates, and apparel such as Goddesswear, a local favorite of active and loungewear.

500 Soquel Ave
Santa Cruz,
CA
US