Today must be THE busiest Friday of 2015. School is out! Christmas is quite literally beating in time with “The Imperial March” at the door, or is it just my house? Truth be told I am reeling not only at the festivities but at the return of venerable Han Solo coupled with my son's 12th birthday. Christmas could have remained an unfinished project but (yes Im boasting) I've pretty much got it covered and all in my neighborhood too!
Carmel is a haven for beach lovers, dog walker and also shoppers. So for those returning, venturing to or still hunting for the perfect gift, I’m offering a shopping trajectory for three stores I personally hold very dear.
First up, the grand dame of Carmel Valley, family owned and operated Tancredi & Morgen. The store beckons with a ton of good taste and festive cheer. You will find a great selection of books, local and european homeware and a wide selection of personal items to choose from.
Eclectic mix (above) Sweet glistening mercury glass acorns (below)
Serenity spills from the steps of Ami Carmel Beautifully curated by store owner and yoga teacher Kim Theobald, local hand crafted items for the home and the heart. Having problems with “His” gift ? Look no further. Ami is also offering daily discounts on select items up until closure for the holidays. Check Ami's Instagram feed for details here
A cushion for every mother's son & some daughters (above) Sleek sommelier set (below)
Lastly, another new release, the opening of Bee, Bark & Moss, and their brand new stand alone store. Offering a comprehensive collection of their much sought after hand painted, hemp canvas and indigo dyed hemp bags, duffles, cases, purses and bespoke home furnishings. Custom orders are very welcome too, just choose your own color, style and pattern.
You will find designer and creator Minori at her machine in situ, daily between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Closed Tuesday.
Located at: San Carlos Square between 5th and 6th. Mission & San Carlos Street
Bee, Bark & Moss, San Carlos Square. (above) Hand painted zip purses & cases below