The Town of Sausalito: Window or Actually Shop
After having our late lunch at the Lighthouse Cafe and taking one of the roads above Sausalito to check out the "real" town we headed back down to the shopping district to walk around for an hour or so before we made our way north to Healdsburg.
Parking on a side street leading into town (I was pretty impressed with my parallel parking the big boat of a car that Avis gave me - a Mercury Marquis), which actually had an hour's worth of time left, Sue and I were appreciative that the rains had stopped and the sun periodically peaked through.
Sausalito has a number of shops for you to drop some of your tourist dollars, spend some money in the art shops or take in the local flavor or the town. We ended up buying a few things (a Cat's Meow of the Golden Gate Bridge) and the obligatory post cards (in case we couldn't capture our own camera shots later). I had to drop another couple of quarters into the parking meter as we ended spending about 90 minutes going in and out of the shops and shooting some other pictures for VT tips and our own general interest.
What to buy: They have a number of art galleries and jewelry stores, so if you wanted to pick something up here you could do so. Just compare first before you make your final decision.
What to pay: I'm sure you are going to spend more money here then you would at other places, but if you find something you like go ahead and splurge if your on a vacation.
- Luxury Travel
Sausalito Shirt Com: T-Shirts needed
How do you describe a tourist T-shirt shop? It's a shop full of anything a tourist wants, needs, or must have. T-shirts, sweat shirts, jackets, caps, etc.. This place has it all and I suspect if they don't they will get it for you.
What to buy: T-shirts, sweat shirts, caps, jackets....
What to pay: Depends on the quality: $15-55+
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Jewelry by the Bay: Jewelry by the Bay
Sausalito has many touist shops but also some moderate to high end jewelry stores as well. Needless to say my wife gravitaes to the anything jewelry. Jewelry by the Bay has items for most all budgets.
What to buy: Rings, necklases, bobbles etc.
What to pay: $1,00 - $10K... you choose.
- Arts and Culture
Sports and History Gallery: Vintage Photos
We could have browsed through the Sports and History Gallery for hours! The shop contained hundreds of vintage and historical pictures of the celebrated and the infamous.
There was a vast number of photographs relating to sports, film stars, such as Marilyn Monroe and Elvis or political figures like JFK.
The shop is so full of pictures, it's a challenge moving through the rooms without disturbing some of the memorabilia. Be careful, enjoy your visit and prepare to do some reminiscing.
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Munchie's Candies: A Kid in the Candy Store!
My husband and grandson paid a visit to Munchie's Candies while I went on a shopping expedition a few doors away. Their report: Munchies was great!
Just grab a basket and select either candy sold by the pound or individual pieces. Free samples of taffy were given upon entering.
Our grandson met me outside with a huge bag of treats--$12.00 worth to be exact. I noticed some jawbreakers, small packets of sweet tarts, hard candies in rootbeer and fruit flavors. Needless to say, we were nibbling at these throughout the afternoon.
This voluminous bag of candy was carried all over California, back to Texas and finished off a couple weeks later.
- Family Travel
Crazy Shirts: Clothes, T-shirts and More
I was looking for a souvenir tee from Sausalito and found it at Crazy Shirts. This shop carries men's and women's clothing colored by dyes derived from some unusual sources.
I thought I was just taking home a great looking t-shirt, but in actuality I was helping to save our environment!
Dyes are extracted from volcanic ash, blue curacao, beer, kona coffee, hemp, chile , chocolate, key limes, wine, sunflower, money, lavender and hibiscus.
Some of the clothing designs reflect a touch of the tropics--Hawaii, in particular. Their t-shirts are imprinted with water-based inks to help protect the environment.
The company is energy-conscious and gives a portion of its sales to the Hawaii Natural Energy Institute, whose mission is to do research on this problem.
- Women's Travel
OUT OF HAND: Sweet Little Shops!
I loved this scenic little lane that led to some unique shops, away from all the busyness of Bridgeway Avenue.
Out of Hand, one of the shops secreted here, carried assorted teas and pretty tea accessories, embroidered pillows, glassware, ceramics, clocks, one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces, Peruvian shawls, purses, botanical lotions and soaps and so much more!
They offer handcrafted items from local and international artisans, with the idea of helping them sustain a living crafting.
I quickly found a stunning handmade sterling silver ring to purchase (picture 2).
The shopkeeper opened a boxed collection of teas for me, indicating her favorites. They were so different from the standard teabags one buys. These teas come in silk tea bags, tucked inside small triangular shaped boxes. A few came home with me. (picture 3)
- Women's Travel
Various: Arts and Crafts
Shopping is the main reason why tourists visit Sausalito. There are dozens of small boutique stores within a small radius. While many of the stores along the main street cater to tourists seeking kitschy items to take home, many of the smaller and semi hidden shops are found in alleys and upstairs alcoves.
Since this is an artistic community, Sausalito is the place to find art, crafts and funky clothes. Since its so close to San Francisco, its the place to pay a lot of money for your finds.
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GEORGIOU.: This Beautiful Store in Sausalito must be shown.
This store is so special because of its looks
This Store building looks jus fantastic,it is a
Ladies Apparel Retail Clothing Store .
At most windows in the Store you see
mannequins with clothes for sale and it all just looks very nice and very special .
What to buy: Now the thruth comes out .
No I did not buy anything in this store ,I did not need anything from this store ,but I just had to show you this colourful building.
- Family Travel
Sausalito Shirt Co.: Get your t-shirts and souvenir items here
A terrific, family run shop that sells all the t-shirts, sweatshirts, jackets, postcards and other memorabilia items to remind you of your trip to San Francisco (and Sausalito, of course). Check it out! (photo: yubert)
Okay -- I'm now married in to this shop -- it's owned by my husband and my mother-in-law!
What to buy: You want it? I bet they've got it.
What to pay: Postcards are 5 for $1, popular fleece jackets are $19.99.
Tourist Shops Always Ripoff
No shop in particular, and this phenomenon is not even peculiar to Sausalito, but all the little tourist-oriented boutiques and shops are a ripoff. If you want clothes, go to a department store or buy them at home. If you want gifts, try buying them at a local Walgreens or other drug store. Most of the local pharmacies carry souvenirs -- the Wallgreens of Mill Valley carries T-Shirts, Mugs, Postcards, other knick-knacks. There is also a Longs in Marin City which will probably carry souvenirs.
An additional note:
Marin County is renown for its steep prices but there is a Ross Dress For Less in Marin City, which directly borders Sausalito. It is clean, cheap, and carries many name-brand goods. It has a particularly large shoe department and the salesclerks are helpful.
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Mollie Stone's: Groceries! Get yer groceries!
A small chain of grocery stores, this is a somewhat upscale place to get your groceries. It is, however, the only supermarket in Sausalito. There are a couple smaller grocery stores in town, but if you want to get it all in one place, you go to Mollie Stones.
If you ever saw Albert Brooks' film, "Mother," this is he and his mom shopped.
What to buy: Their deli is top notch, as well as their selection of cheeses, olive-bar, seafood and produce. They even have a fairly extensive wine section.
What to pay: This place tends to be more expensive than the larger supermarket chains such as Safeway or Albertsons. However, you get what you pay for.
Sausalito Shirt Co: Sausalito Shirt Co
This store is owned by Mark, whom I met the first night I came to Sausalito. It is a small souvenir store with a nice selection. Go in say hi and buy some postcards to send to your friends and me.
What to buy: Postcards. Shirts. Souvenirs.
What to pay: Everything is marked with the price. If you need help just ask. Everyone here is very friendly and helpful
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