The 209 region may not be among the world’s famous shopping destinations, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have plenty of gems out there that will help locals and visitors alike fill out their gift buying lists. Here’s just a sampling of some of the local options, but don’t just limit yourself to our list.
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House of Iron
House of Iron has been a locally owned and operated wrought iron design and manufacturing workshop and retail store in Lodi since 1997. The store is home to some of the finest wrought iron artisans in the area and they can customize, fabricate, and install any wrought iron project.
The store was began by owner Suzanna Elliot, who was encouraged by her father to turn her artistic eye towards wrought iron. She has traveled all over the world and the sights have inspired many of her creations.
326 E. Lockeford Street, Lodi
The Harte of the Kitchen
If this Tuolumne County store doesn’t have your kitchen need, then you probably don’t really need it.
The Twain Harte store has a store chockful of kitchen supplies, from the basics like pots and pans to the unusual like taco warmers. Not too long ago a working kitchen was added in the store and now they routinely offer cooking classes complete with a wine pairing. Not only does the store offer a wide variety of gift options, but owners Allan and Carol Hancock have earned a stellar reputation for customer service.
22966 Joaquin Gully Road, Twain Harte
The Owl Box
Located in historic downtown Tracy, this nifty store is stocked full of items to add style to the home, from frames, pillows, candles, kitchen ware and potted plants. The store also carries many locally made goods such as candles, apothecary, jams, and candy. Three generations came together in 2011 to open The Owl Box and since then it has become a favorite stop of downtown strollers.
131 West 10th Street, Tracy
Translated from Italian into English, Lino Bella literally means beautiful linen and that is certainly what Lino Bella offers to 209 shoppers. With locations in Modesto and Stockton, the store specializes in traditional and contemporary linens for bed, bath, and table. It also carries designer home accessories, furniture, and luxurious scents to soothe and relax the senses. One of the more luxurious options are the pillows and down comforters from the Scandia Home collection that is made with pure Hungarian white goose down and covered with silky-soft cotton Damask stripe ticking.
1700 McHenry Avenue, Modesto
265 Lincoln Center, Stockton
House of Clocks
If there is anyone on your gift list that is chronically running late, then the House of Clocks in Lodi may have a solution. From the front to the back, this store is tick-tocking from the bevy of clocks and time pieces. The store’s selection includes cookoo, grandfather, and digital clocks. They also do repairs for those family heirlooms that have stopped working. The Lodi business has been a family operation for more than 47 years and has gained a reputation as being the leader in the 209 area for clock sales, repairs, and restorations.
208 S School Street, Lodi
Food and Drink
Hilmar Cheese Company Visitor Center
This shop in Hilmar is the cheese lovers’ dream come true. Hilmar Cheese Company specializes in the production of natural cheeses utilized by private label and national brand, retail and foodservice companies throughout the world. Offering a variety of locally produced cheeses, the store can custom make gift baskets that are sure to delight. As their website proclaims, “Everyone smiles when you give cheese!”
9001 North Lander Avenue, Hilmar
Do Good Distillery
Do Good Distillery is a family-owned craft distillery located in Modesto that specializes in whisky. The distillery has won awards for their Cherry Wood smoked Whisky, Peat Smoked Whisky, and Beechwood Smoked Whisky. But whisky is not the only spirit they offer, as they have branched out into rum and gin and have a gift shop selling a collection of items for whisky and other spirit fans.
3173 Del Este, Modesto
Brown’s English Toffee and Celtic Candies
Is it even possible to celebrate the holidays without toffee? It’s unlikely and the better question is why would you want to?
Up in Amador County’s Fiddletown are the good people of Brown’s English Toffee and they are churning out some delicious treats for those with a sweet tooth.
Since 1985, Brown’s has been handcrafting gourmet English toffee coated with different types of chocolate.
They also make candies original to the Celtic nations, including tablet from Scotland, coffee fudge from Ireland, chocolate orange fudge from Cornwall, salted caramels from Brittany, and St. John’s honey fudge from Isle of Man.
The toffee varities and the Celtic candies are all available online, but the real fun comes from going to their Fiddletown store and kitchen where you can see the goodies made right in front of your eyes.
14385 Fiddletown Road, Fiddletown
People are known to start drooling when they enter Wolfsen Sausage in Gustine. The meat shop hand-makes their more than 60 original sausages and smokes it on site until it reaches perfection. In addition, they offer beef jerky, smoked salmon, smoked turkeys, hams and roasts, and custom-made gift baskets.
358 South Avenue, Gustine
Kelley’s Cutlery etc. & Sharpening Service
This family business has been in operation in Modesto for more than 30 years, offering hunters, chefs, and knife collectors an unmatched inventory in the area. The store offers knives for hunting and a wide array of kitchen cutlery and gadgets. The store also offers sharpening services for those knives that have dulled or fallen into some disrepair. One of the more popular gift selections available at the store is the Swiss Army Knife with its multitude of tools. Starting at $15 and going up, this is a great gift choice for adventurers.
3900 Pelandale Avenue Ste 120, Modesto
Reba Sports Shop
Named for the nearby Mt. Reba, this shop has everything to get skiers and snowboarders up on the mountain fast. The selection includes skis, snowboards, winter apparel, goggles, and the all-important sun block. The store also specializes in boot fittings.
2280 State Route 207, Bear Valley
Diablo Grande Golf Shop
This golf shop located at the Patterson golf course has a collection of golf attire featuring such brand names as Greg Norman, Adidas, Cutter & Buck, Under Armour, FootJoy, and EP Pro. The shop also carries a complete selection of golfing equipment needed to get on the course.
9521 Morton Davis Drive, Patterson
For those individuals looking to add some style or pizzaz to their landscaping, Lomeli’s Statuary in Lockeford is bound to have something that fits the bill. The inventory ranges from Grecian plaques to Greek Revival gazebos. They have a vast array of quality garden water fountains that are made out of enduring cast stone, and are individually hand finished.
11921 E. Brandt Road, Lockeford
Red Sky Comics
For the gamer and comic fan, Red Sky Comics is like a little slice of heaven right in Merced. The comics, graphic novels, and game spot has a staggering collection to thrill fans of the genre and since their opening in 2010 has been offering fans and shoppers unique offerings and special events.
3040 Park Avenue, Ste A, Merced
Gallerie Copper and Town Hall Arts
For artists and those with a yen to explore their creativity, Gallerie Copper and Town Hall Arts in Copperopolis has a cache of goods, from unique paintings and drawings from area artists to high quality art supplies. The store also offers custom framing and matting of artwork and routinely holds art classes on site. One gift idea for budding or veteran artists is a painter’s palette and an array of new paints, like the Daniel Smith line available at the store.
145 Stone Street, Copperopolis
Hein & Company Used and Rare Books
Among the stacks and stacks of books in this downtown Jackson store there is bound to be one, two or a hundred treasures to be found for book enthusiasts. The selections in the store run the gamut of genres and ages from new releases to hard to find prints. As a bonus, the Victorian world of 221 Baker Street West is located upstairs, which offers a unique shopping experience all on its own.
204 N Main Street, Jackson
Hobbies Arts & Crafts
This Oakdale store has all the supplies needed to fill the wish list of many a crafter, from modeling to sewing supplies. The store is known for carrying those hobby items that are not readily available in some larger retail stores and has a wide selection of materials for those who love scrapbooking.
160 N. Yosemite Avenue, Oakdale
Dials Rock & Fossil Shop
Having a pile of rocks in the store would probably mean something has gone very wrong for many businesses, but not so at Dials Rock & Fossil Shop. In this store rocks, crystals, minerals, fossils, and petrifried wood is the inventory and it has been bringing joy to rockhounds from in and out of the 209 area for years. The store has earned a stellar reputation for its selection and having an owner with a superb knowledge about the stones.
4006 State Highway 140, Catheys Valley
From bridal shower parties to mastectomy bra’s, Theadora Boutique strives to be a one stop shop. Their specialty is in lingerie and the offer a wide selection of sleepwear in styles from naughty to nice.
270 Lincoln Center, Stockton
Originally opened as Stella Boutique and offering women’s clothing, this Lodi store found a new home in downtown in 2017, doubling the space and allowing for an expansion into men’s clothing and home décor. But it still remains a great spot for women’s fashion. The women’s clothing selection runs the gamut from a casual brunch to a night on the town. Their line-up of designers includes Michael Stars, DL 1961, Free People, Chan Luu, and Zadig & Voltaire.
116 N. School Street, Lodi
Pageo Lavender Farm
While not a women’s store per say, Pageo Lavender Farm does offer a stunning selection of bath and beauty products that will certainly delight many women. Using the lavender grown on site, the farm has made soaps, lotions, oils, and hair care products that not only smell divine, but come in some pretty packages as well.
11573 Golf Road, Turlock
If your shopping for a shoe hound and want something completely original for them, then the place to go is Nativearth Footwear and Accessories in Mariposa. Nativearth offers slippers, shoes, boots, Ghillies, and sandals for men, women and children. The shoes are made in standard, ready-to-wear sizes and can be purchased off the rack or the shoemakers will custom make a pair. The store has a library of period styles and can work with their customers to create a shoe, boot, bag, belt or accessory designed to their specifications.
5023 B Highway 140, Mariposa
Loja Do Homen
Taking its name from the Portuguese translation of men’s store, this downtown Turlock shop offers a collection of clothing and accessories for men not readily found in the 209, including brands like Fidelity, Robert Graham and 7 Diamonds. Loja Do Homen carries the brand French Kick, which is made in Portugal, as well as Threads 4 Thought – an all-organic cotton clothing line. The store also selects numerous small boutique manufacturers from New York for even more one-of-kind clothing.
120 W. Main Street, Turlock
H&H on Canal
This Merced store has compiled an inventory of casual men’s clothing that will take guys from day to night without missing a fashion step. Eevery item has been hand selected for it’s unique design and quality. The store specializes in vintage style T-shirts with bygone and current logos, especially those touting an alcohol beverage.
1810 Canal Street, Merced
This store is in danger of adorable overload. From the racks of pint-sized dresses to the baskets of bows, Shabby Addy has everything needed to turn little ones into fashion pallates. Located in downtown Turlock, the store’s selection leans more towards little girls, but also has clothing for babies and toddlers, with styles ranging from school duds to fancy dress.
200 W Main St Ste C, Turlock
Simply Irresistible Children’s Boutique
This children’s boutique in Manteca offers everything from clothes to toys to furniture and everything in between for babies and young ones. Their stock includes accessories, toys, books, bath products and chemical-free cleaning products. They also do special orders for items like birthday shirts, announcements, banners, favors, diaper cakes, and custom gifts for parents, grandparents, and children.
297 Commerce Avenue, Manteca
Little Roots Toy Shop
This store opened in 2016 in Sonora with the mission of offering shoppers only the highest quality toys and games and they have not been disappointing. Their inventory is comprised of as many local, lovingly hand-made items as possible, followed by consciously sourced, eco-friendly toys and games. One of the more popular toys and ripe for budding music lovers, is their roll-up electric keyboard that unfolds out a world of tunes for toddlers on up.
106 S Washington Street, Sonora