Brick and Mortars Worth Leaving Your Couch For

Treehorn Books

With its towering, floor-to-ceiling shelves of books and intoxicating bibliosmia, this sanctuary is any book-lover’s dream. A downtown Santa Rosa fixture since 1979, manager of this general-use bookstore Grant Hotaling tells me, “My dad was one of the original owners, and my mom was a librarian, so books are in my blood.” Treehorn is especially delightful for the treasure-hunter seeking the thrill of discovery. You never know what you’ll find when you start digging into the ever-shifting stacks, often several books deep. If you’re looking for something in particular, you’ll likely find yourself way off course but somehow with the perfect book in your hands. Here you can find most of their used books, from best-sellers to the obscure, at 50% of the cover price, as well as some rare first editions. I always seem to score in the sheet music section or the poetry shelves. For the very serious collector, there is a locked rare book room that is seldom opened, and by appointment only. Their annual calendar sale ($6 each or 4 for $20) has for many become a holiday tradition.

625 4th Street, Santa Rosa

Milk & Honey

Where to shop for the witch who has everything? Milk & Honey, a magickal mélange that has enchanted downtown Sebastopol since 1996, is a rich resource for ritual supplies, altar adornments, statues of deities and mythological figures, goddess body care, and books on a wide variety of mystical topics. Milk & Honey carries a staggering array of gorgeous, ethically-sourced stones and crystals, each clearly identified with their metaphysical properties and uses, and the best tarot card and divination selection around. Here you can also receive tarot or astrological readings by walk-in or appointment, as well as purchase gift certificates for these services. For the holidays, Milk & Honey will be rolling out a line of specialty tea-like infusions alongside their magickal house-made oils for spellwork and prosperity. Owner and author Phoenix LeFae’s most recent book, Witches, Heretics & Warrior Women: Ignite Your Rebel Spirit through Magick & Ritual, will be available in January

123 North Main Street, Sebastopol

Boho Bungalow

A lifestyle boutique specializing in home decor and gifts, Boho Bungalow has a little bit of everything for everyone. The stores’ atmospheres are cozy and good-vibes bohemian, full of rich patterns, textures, and colors. Their in-house brand, Bohemian Botanicals, made by owner Faith Parker, specializes in candles and health and body products like soap, lotions, diffusers and room sprays. Boho Bungalow is full of gift items both chic and cheeky, like throw pillows, inspirational signs, jewelry, and coffee mugs. Their large, centrally-displayed collection of goods from Less is More Ceramics wins a trophy for the most boob-centric items I’ve ever seen in one place. If you’re looking for boobs of all shapes and sizes on a myriad of products, look no further than the Sebastopol store. Parker loves to work with local artists, even ones offering similar products to the ones she makes. “There are so many opportunities for collaboration,” she tells me. “Community is so much more important than competition.”

125 N Main Street, Sebastopol
143 Kentucky Street, Petaluma
3692 Bohemian Highway, Occidental


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