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Shop Small to Support Local in Stockton, California

Small shops and stores are an important part of our local economy. Make sure your next shopping trip includes these great options.

Now, more than ever, Stockton small business owners are relying on locals to keep their doors open. Many of them are your friends and neighbors, just look around! Check out what your neighborhood shops and restaurants are offering and remember that your dollars have a HUGE impact on their ability to survive our current economic situation.

Here are 7 ideas to shop local in Stockton, California. Whether you’re visiting Stockton and want to bring home something special, or you are a local who wants to contribute to the success of your city, read on for some great options.

NOTE: Be sure to call ahead or check social media for the latest information on business hours and offerings, as some businesses may have had to adapt to current restrictions.

1. Beyond Small Business Saturday

Supporting Small Business Saturday each November is wonderful- there are so many amazing local restaurants and stores taking part each year. Unfortunately, that is only one day of the year. We encourage you to try shopping stores at the Stockton Miracle Mile and Lincoln Center every day of the year, or check our shopping page to see a list of local businesses that choose to make their home here in Stockton, California. Need plenty more unique shopping ideas? We’ve nailed down these local shops, perfect for holiday shopping.

2. The Stockton Savings Pass

Everyone enjoys saving money! Sign up for the FREE Stockton Savings Pass to get hundreds of dollars of savings at the area’s best establishments. Visit Stockton offers a mobile dine, drink, and shop pass consisting of annual deals and perks at locally owned businesses in the Stockton area. Find a curated list of professional services on the savings pass as well as local restaurants and attractions.

3. Stockton is Stocked Full of Flavor, literally!

Skip the Amazon gift card for the next birthday or anniversary and buy gift certificates to local Mom-and-Pop boutiques and restaurants. Gift certificates get more popular every year, plus who isn't happy to receive them for any occasion? Now, think about food! More than you normally would anyway. Gift certificates to a favorite eatery can really hit the spot, and help support struggling restaurants. Check out, which features dining establishments that are offering takeout and delivery during current restrictions. Or, you can just swing by a local restaurant of your choosing using our handy-dandy restaurant directory.

4. Membership Passes to Local Museums

Buying gifts for art lovers? San Joaquin County has an array of museums that offer unique gifts ideas for a friend or family member interested in the arts. A museum membership might also be welcome a welcome surprise.

A few places to consider:

5. Exercise Enthusiast

Give something more healthy and beneficial to a loved one than something that will just sit in their house to gather dust. Why not give the gift of wellness? Giving the gift of health will make any work-out enthusiast, or newly health-conscious friend, smile! With healthy dining options, fitness centers and yoga studios in Stockton, taking good care of your health has never been easier. Check out our Health & Wellness page for ideas that will make everyone happy!

6. Makers and Artisans

Unique gifts for those you love and special treats for yourself are always money well spent. For many years Stocktonians have been crafting specialty items right here in our city. They sell their wares at local festivals and markets on weekends in Stockton and throughout the Central Valley and Bay Area. In order to give you access to those items all year round, we've gathered together a list of the best you can find. Check out what they are creating by visiting our Makers & Artisans directory.

7. Stockton Souvenirs

Treat your special someone, friend or family member to Stockton mementos from Visit Stockton! Explore the collection of Official Stockton "Stocked Full of Flavor" brand shirts, hats, beanies, mugs, and even Stockton history books from local authors. All products sold on promote and celebrate Stockton. You can order all of the Stockton souvenirs online, and even have them shipped - for FREE!

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