Looking for a unique gift - Old Town Novato offers a treasure trove of gifts and ideas. This quaint business district is filled with specialty stores:
Morris & Company - This enchanting gift store is magic the minute you walk in. It carries a line of Vietri, hand-painted wine glasses, imported Christmas ornaments, baby gifts, jewelry and so much more. The owners, Jan & Austin, know the inventory and are always happy to help you find the right gift - and they have complimentary gift wrapping.
Five Little Monkeys - When you are looking for quality toys, games, costumes (what child doesn't appreciate a good costume) and children's craft projects, this is the shop. It is jammed packed with hard-to-find merchandise from such companies as: Blue Orange, International Playthings, Manhattan Toys, Lego and Melissa & Doug. It is family-owned, the staff has wonderful suggestions and complimentary gift wrapping.
Alice Becker - Who knew - this boutique offers incredibly beautiful and contemporary fashion - clothes for that special occasion or for every day. With a lovely array of accessories, the knowledgeable staff can outfit you completely.
Bicycles - Old Town is blessed with TWO wonderful bike shops. Old Town Sports which offers a wide variety of both bicycle and ski equipment and Bicycle Brustop whose focus is just bicycle - mountain and road. Make it a point to visit both, they are within a block's walk of one another.
Grazie - Shopping is hard work and how better to reward yourself than with a delicious meal? Visit Grazie, it is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The omelets are yummy and for lunch try either the Greek Salad or a variety of Paninis.
Dr. Insomniac's - Unique to Novato, this coffee house is the perfect place to meet a friend before you tour Grant Avenue or catch your breath with your packages. Dr. I's is known for its delicious coffee and its "Scruffins" - a unique combination of a scone and a muffin.
Powell's Sweet Shoppe - Have a craving for chocolate, ice cream, some old fashioned candies such as Big Hunks and Mars Bars - this candy emporium is perfect for browsing and finding just the perfect sweet delectable for you.
Sentimental Journey - This antique collective offers everything from delicate teacups to antique furniture and linens. The inventory is constantly being updated and if you are looking for that special present - perhaps heritage jewelry, Depression glass or a gramophone make it a point to saunter in.
Avenue Salon - Right in the heart of Old Town you will find a three incredibly talented hairstylists, Maureen, Cindy and Samantha, who will work their magic with your hair - men and women. Upstairs is Aesthetics by Clarice, the perfect place to book an appointment for a relaxing facial.
There are so many more delightful shops that it will be worth your time to go one stop further north on 101 to DeLong from Vintage Oaks.
Kathleen Emrey, Broker Associate, SRES