Who would have thought shopping in Napa Valley would be such a delightful experience? At first glance, Napa Valley in California may seem lacklustre – monotonous wineries, vineyards and tourist-filled tasting rooms. Except once you wonder off the tourist track is when you see Napa Valley in all its glory. We stopped by the precious town of St. Helena, an absolute shoppers delight teeming with charming embellishments – adorable tiny towns, quirky homeware shops and independent fashion boutiques. Get those shopping lists ready, Travelshopas!
For the green thumb
Acres Home & Garden – as the name suggests, is a great choice if you own a green thumb or simply love to have some beautiful blooms in your home. The store features fresh flowers, plants, gifts and unique home décor – rustic items that are sure to be great conversation starters at parties. From the fairly peculiar to the most stylish, the stockpile of homewares, faux flowers, garden journals, soft furnishings, tableware and gourmet food items do not fail to impress.
Swoon-worthy floral arrangements
We were told this floral boutique is a resident favourite among many weddings in St. Helena – and we definitely could make up why. Bringing you the most diverse selection of seasonal flora and fauna, Centrepiece Floral and Home is no stranger to swoon-worthy floral arrangements, tablescapes and of course, wedding ceremony décor! We also love the seamless mix of rustic and elegance in their various flower arrangements. Have a chat with one of the floral designers for a unique and customised bouquet of your own!
Italian-crafted ballet flats and luxury fashion labels
A beautiful collection of flats, clad in a multitude of vibrant colours catches the eye as you enter this boutique. Designed by the ever-creative owner, Jan Niemi, these Italian-crafted ballet-style shoes are just a fraction of what this boutique offers. You will also meet a carefully curated selection of luxury fashion labels like Winser London, Hayward Luxury, Anna Von Hellens and Himalayan Cashmere – styles that embrace simplicity and class from artisans around the globe. We’d recommend this at the top of your shopping lists if you are seeking an understated flair.
Linens with created by traditional weaving methods
Jan De Luz has been creating fabrics for over 40 decades. Whether you’re gull for linens or just accompanying a shopping buddy, it’s simply a pleasure to browse through the various fabrics, all neatly folded and placed in wooden boxes. Staying true to his roots, de Luz using traditional weaving methods so it’s not just ordinary linen you see at the store. The highlight of Jan De Luz is their customisation services. Pick your preferred icon, text and designs and have them do it for you. Apart from featuring a full line of linens for the dining, living and bathroom, the boutique is sprawling with everyday homewares to outfit the entire home.
A rock star of the design scene
This whopping 2,300 square foot showroom stands out from the rest. The owner, Erin Martin, sure does have an impeccable taste for art, fashion and home accessories as well as a witty sense of humour. The showroom oozes old-world charm with a curious mix of grand upholstery, animal sculptures, full-sized albino peacock taxidermy; and a blend of rustic and eccentric home decorations. We defy you to leave this store empty handed!
Boho-chic women’s fashion pieces
PEARL Wonderful Clothing was conceived as a haven for shopping enthusiasts seeking the top league of contemporary fashion in an intimate setting. This award winning boutique is brimming with boho-chic women’s fashion pieces and vintage baubles as fashion accessories. You will also find stylish handbags and shoes that will undoubtedly add a unique personal statement to your wardrobe. Nicely curated and effortlessly chic.
Global-eclectic fashion and home décor
Formerly known as Baksheesh, Rabbit Rabbit Fair Trade is an emporium for all your everyday needs – from home décor and handicrafts to gifts and fashion pieces for him, her and kids, we’re not joking when we say you can find everything in this store. What’s more, the team is dedicated to ensuring that their artisans receive a living wage by helping their products reach a wider market. What a great cause! Global-eclectic items like throws made from recycled saris from India, batik print kidswear from Ghana and glass-fused earrings from Chile are some great treasures.
All about the classic California Wine Country style? Boy, are you in for a treat. Vintage Home, speaks just that – Antique French grape picking backpacks, vintage wine bottles, artisanal ceramic tableware and luxurious table linens are some great finds in this 2-storey shop. Every nook and cranny was filled with things we never knew we needed. Indeed, a one-of-a-kind and one-stop shopping destination.
GUIDE TO SHOPPING IN NAPA VALLEY