Savignon: Gifts of Distinction
Savignon is a bit eclectic with a touch of everything. Art, jewelry, nick nacks etc. Certainly the place to go if you're looking for something different as a gift.
What to buy: Mostly home decorating type items.
What to pay: $1.00 - $1000....
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Bella Interiors: Interiors on the side street
UNFORTUNATELY due to the economy, Bella Interiors has closed their doors.
E. Prospect Ave in Danville has had a major renovation in the last few years. Just behind Starbucks (on the corner of Hartz) is a small "mall" like retail area that has developed some wonderful boutique shops.
Bella Interiors is relatively new and has some wonderful home furnishings. Everything from a wood carved table top wine holder in the shape of a Giaraffe to a full wine break-front dresser. The proprietors are wonderful people; very friendly and willing to help you find just the right addition to your home.
What to buy: We have started with the wood carved Giaraffe wine holder but are looking at the break-front for our daughter. We'll have to check back a few times a month just to see what has changed.
What to pay: $5-$5000... small to large
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Bella Vino Wines: Wine from anywhere
Bella Vino is a "boutique" wine shop that handles mostly "high end" and hard to find products. You need a rare port for that "special occasion" or a hard to find wine (try finding Hollywood and Vine in your local Safeway) and they will either have it on the shelf or get it for you.
Friday and Saturday nights there is music. Typically a small Jazz combo or guitarist.
What to buy: Wine, wine, wine....
or wine accessories.
What to pay: They are not cheap....but you get what you pay for.
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Rick's Picks: Great Deals
Rick's Picks obtains things that Department stores want "gone" at a fraction of the retail price and passes the savings on.
What to buy: Rick's Picks carries a bit of everything at a significant discount. Marble wine coasters with engraved "sayings" are $9.00; Leather full size couches $800; silverware, dishes, wine glasses, even CD's at a fraction of retain.
What to pay: All depends on the item. Leather sofa that retails for about $4,000, sells for $800. CD's are more expensive at $6.00-$8.00 but retail for $15.00+ Glassware is a fraction - wine glasses for $2.00....Prices and merchandice change almost daily.
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My Backyard: Gardening in Blackhawk
The renovation of Blackhawk Plaza has brought in a whole new series of shops and judging from the traffic recently, it looks like the Plaza will finally make it.
The most recent addition is and expansion of the Tassajara Nursery called My Backyard. The store carries all sorts of gardening supplies and decorations as well as patio furniture and garden fountains. It has a great selection of gifts as well.
What to buy: Tools, flowers, patio furniture, etc. If you don't see it, they will probably order it for you.
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Iron Horse Equestrian: All things Horse
Typical of many Danville boutiques, Iron Horse is small, crowded and full of fun things. There is something for every equestrian whether it be a new pair of breeches or a gift for someone's horse.
What to buy: The shop carries a line of both English and Western atire and gifts that are horse related. You can always find something that you just have to have.
What to pay: $1.00 +
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Dog Bone Alley: Dogs, Cats & People boutique
Small pet store in "The rose Garden" section of Danville. It's a bit out of the way of "down town" but the area is full of small unique boutiqes and some great restaurants.
You can find most basics for pets (dishes, food, leashes, etc) but they also carry unique toys and for those small animals who's owners always dress, there's plenty of clothes to keep your pet warm.
What to buy: Anything you might want or need for a pet dog or cat. Great variety of high grade food and organtic treats.
What to pay: $1-100+ all depends on how much stuff you buy
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Pyrenees Pets: Unique Dog & Cat Boutique
Pyrenees Pets will provide you with a greeting from Sierra, a very LARGE Great Pyrenees, but VERY friendly. He probably stands 7 feet if he stood on his hind legs, but he's content to just sniff your hand and wait for a well deserved pet.
What to buy: You can find pet clothing and accessories of all shapes and sized to handle 3 pound Chiuauahs or 150 pound Pyrenees.
Dog & Cat food and treats of all shapes and sizes including custom made treats.
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Wine Hardware: Wine has no time for Whine....
Wine Hardare is for the Wine pureuist or novist. Whether you are looking for an intro book to learn or to purchase a custom wine cellar, this is the place.
What to buy: well....all depends on what you want and your budget. I just passed on a wonderful sale item because it only held French Bordeaux bottles....as I have a bit of white in large bottles it would not work..so..it cost me to get what I want....
What to pay: ahh...depends..books 10-20.. wine cellars.....ahhh....4-8000+ dependin on options..
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What's In Store: High end Unique
Lauretta Tacchini has created a wonderful destination store for (mostly women) high end shoppers. From Brighton hand bags to glittery jewelry and "artsy" martini sets, her store is a wonderful place to check for "just that gift."
Or...if you're in the market for a new wallet as I was when my wife dragged me in, she carries a great line of Nappa leather products.
What to buy: Well, my wife ended up with a new purse and i with a new wallet, just what I had been looking for.
What to pay: $10-1000 depending on the item
Hartz & Soles: Shoes Galore
"Designer shoes" typically elicite one one type of clientel. Those that want to be seen in something no one else would dare wear or bear the uncomfort.
Hartz & Sole is just the opposite. Yes, they carry "designer" shoes and do have some out rageous fashions, but most designers also produce very comfortable and pracical shoe ware.
This is the place to go for "that" shoe to be worn for comfort. If they don't have it, they will gladly check their wearhouse for stock or order your size.
What to buy: Whatever is comfortable.
What to pay: $100+
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