Small shops and stores are an important part of our local economy. Make sure your next shopping trip includes these great options.
Holiday shopping will not look the same this year due to limitations on capacity in our favorite local retail shops. Local chambers and merchant associations are encouraging everyone to shop early to avoid losing critical dollars to online purchases.
For every $100 spent at local businesses in San Joaquin County, $67 dollars will stay local to support our economy. Data provided on 10.26.2020 by the University of the Pacific Center for Business and Policy Research (CBPR)
Here are 8 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.
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.
Supporting Stockton Small Business Week is a great way to ensure our local shops and restaurants can stay open. Unfortunately, that is only one week, and they need support all year long. We encourage you to try shopping at stores along 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 shopping year-round.
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.
Skip the Amazon gift card 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 DineStockton.com, which features dining establishments that are offering takeout and delivery. You can also find a good list of restaurants on our outdoor dining page. If you still haven't found what you are looking for, you can just swing by a local restaurant of your choosing using our handy-dandy restaurant directory.
Buying gifts for art lovers? San Joaquin County has an array of museums that offer unique gift ideas for a friend or family member interested in the arts. A museum membership might also be welcome a welcome surprise.
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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!
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.
Stockton has a wealth of Farmers' Markets to choose from and they can be a great place to find some gifts. From fresh local ingredients for the home chef or foodie in your life to jewelry, art and other fun items from local makers, these markets are filled with opportunity. Plus they're located throughout the week all around town, so no matter what your schedule is you'll have time to visit at least one of them.
Treat your special someone, friend or family member to Stockton mementos from Visit Stockton! Explore the collection of Official Stockton branded shirts, hats, beanies, mugs, and even Stockton history books from local authors. All products sold on stocktonsouvenirs.com promote and celebrate Stockton. You can order all of the Stockton souvenirs online, and even have them shipped - for FREE!
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