I love to check out the local shopping scene when we go on vacation. Not even a pandemic can stop me (COVID safe shopping, only, though). Healdsburg is a small town but has some definite shopping gems. Most of these are located in the vicinity of the downtown plaza and are within a few blocks of each other. My recommendation would be to spend an afternoon wandering the streets around the plaza. Start by grabbing a coffee. Then wander a bit. Perhaps later you will be ready for an ice cream cone or slice of pie. Then more wandering. You might even pop into a tasting room or two before checking out the streets one last time.

There are lots of fun shops and I didn’t get an opportunity to adequately explore (damn rain). Below, however, are a few of my favorites.

Zizi is a fun clothing store one block off the main plaza. My daughter snagged a lovely jumpsuit here. Spacious store, not crowded.

Anthem Home, located just across the street from Oakville Grocery, has a beautiful selection of home decor. Relatively spacious store. Friendly staff.

Oakville Grocery is a Healdsburg standby. Located just off the main square, this is a mash up of food and goods. There are breakfast items, sandwiches and salads to go as well as a coffee bar. You can also purchase specialty food items, bottles of wine and fun local goods (oils, preserves, spreads, kitchen gear, etc). There is an outdoor seating area if you choose to consume your food purchases on site. COVID friendly? Kind of. They follow all the recommended protocols but the store is small and can quickly get crowded. Spoiler alert: the service here is SLOW! It takes a really long time for food orders to be prepared. I’m talking 20-30 minutes for sandwiches to go. Plan accordingly.

Healdsburg Running Company is the local running store, located just a block or two off the main square. This place is fabulous! Wide selection of running apparel, shoes and accessories with some of the best service around. I stopped in here because, as a runner, I wanted to check it out, but also because I didn’t pack enough warm clothes for this trip and thought I might find some solutions in here. I left with a few pairs of socks, Vuori joggers, and a Vuori sweatshirt, as well as shorts and a running hat for my daughter. I talked local running trails with the staff, one of whom also happened to know about the running community in my hometown. They also host various runs during the week which I would love to take advantage of on my next trip there.

Next up….the Jam Jar. I love this cute little jewelry and accessory shop located just around the corner from the running store. This little piece of paradise features local, hand made, ethically sourced and up-cycled jewelry, art and accessories. It has become my tradition in recent years to buy jewelry as souvenirs when I travel and the Jam Jar allowed me to keep this tradition alive. I found some great earrings and a necklace for myself as well as earrings and hairpins to take back to friends as gifts. My daughters found a few lovely pieces as well. The owner was really friendly and helpful. The shop is small but we were the only customers there and felt quite safe.

All in all, a diverse line up of shopping treasures. Enjoy!