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Forestville: Small Town Shopping Tour
By Vesta Copestakes

« Introduction

I'll start at home with our Forestville School artist-in-residence teacher Deborah Padrick because her silk scarves are so beautiful and because she has dedicated years of her life to our children's art education. You can find her silk scarves at Artisana in Sebastopol or by contacting her directly at

I'm a fanatic for shopping locally so I can tell you with ease where to shop in my Home Town. ElMo the Store is where Forestvillians find gifts and greeting cards all year long. The variety is astounding considering that they also sell toothpaste, office supplies and make-up, etc. The stuffed animals range from tiny kitties that sit in the palm of your hand to life-size dogs. This year they have the most impressive display of Christmas Hats I've ever seen. For gift procrastinators, you can come here and find a beautiful set of earrings or a watch, a bar of Endangers Species dark chocolate and an impressive card to go with them.

Across the street we have two art galleries, Quicksilver Mine Co., which sells art books and cards along with fine art from carved wood boxes to large sculptures, and Frame of Mind framing and art gallery where Leslie Zumwalt and Tony Spiers create art for your art. Both are impressive artists, not just framers, so they bring that talent to framing.

And south on the next block is my favorite hardware store, not just because I like tools, but because the Baba Boy's create a social atmosphere right along with the household items. Bob is serious about gifts as well, so check out the cotton clothing, Dickies line of work cloths and warm scarves. We tease that this is truly an Ideal Hardware store, but it's the truth as well.

Up the hill in Westside Center we can count on stocking stuffer Movie rental cards at The Movie Library and Gift Certificates for massage, manicures and pedicures, etc. at Shakka Shears. Robin also carries an extensive line of beauty products which she reminds us are all available, right here at home without having to pass a traffic light!

And speaking of Gift Certificates - they come in handy when you really don't want to give an object to someone. Yes, unwrapping a box has a certain thrill, but you can just as easily unwrap an envelope for a service or food. What if instead of giving a Yoga mat to an exercise fan, you give Yoga or Pilates classes? Farmhouse Inn & Spa on River Road has local practitioners that specialize in these beneficial skills. You can also get a massage certificate at Farmhouse Spa or at Cottage Massage just off First Street in downtown, or even at Shakka Shears in Westside Center. You may have a favorite massage therapist that you'd like to have a loved one experience. This is your chance. It's a gift that benefits everyone.

And food Gift Certificates always work. Aioli Delicatessen in downtown is now open and it's great way to turn someone on to Autumn & Nicholas' unique sandwiches and sides. They even have a Kid's menu if you want to stuff a grilled cheese sandwich certificate into your hungry kid's stocking. And La Rosa's Taqueria across the street has become a huge favorite in town, so think about feeding your hungry friends with a gift certificate for an entree of their choice. You won't walk away hungry from this place so it's a wonderful gift to turn someone on to this great resource for good food.

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