Shop Small, Shop Local and Support San Mateo

Consider shopping at locally owned, small businesses this holiday season – it’s the best way to directly support your community! From the downtown San Mateo cafes where we draft our start-up business plans to the boutiques where we buy baby clothes, small businesses enrich our lives. We listed a number of local businesses we love and a great place to find that perfect gift.

For the DIY hobbyists, Ace Hassett Hardware is an excellent resource. Plus, Ace has great spice kits and grill Golden Nursery, self-proclaimed retail nursery for plant geeks, is a great shop to beautify your home or find a nice holiday gift when you visit family and friends.  Take a shopping break and pop into KitchenTown Bakery & Café enjoy a cup of coffee and nosh on pastries and grab goodies from local makers. You might even get to peek in on one of the local food artisans who are manufacturing their products in KitchenTown’s commercial kitchen. For your kids at heart, both young and old, Reach and Teach offers a nice assortment of books, toys and gifts. For the librophile in your life, head to independent bookstore, B Street BooksAtlas Skateboard Store is perfect for your teens or even perpetual teenagers on our list offering stylin’ skateboard gear and wear in bright, contemporary digs.

Bring a sparkle to your loved-ones eye’s as they open a pair of gorgeous earrings or a custom ring from Appleblom Jewelry Company.  Usher in some holiday cheer with a vegan soy candle, courtesy of Earthside Company.  The Frosted Juniper, Wassail and Mistletoe scents are perfect for the holidays. Make someone’s day with a beautiful and low-maintenance organic, handmade succulent arrangement or centerpiece from Stella’s Succulent.  Spread some holiday cheer (and deliciousness) with a box full of Chocolate Honeycomb cookies, served up at Antoine’s Cookie Shop. Deck those halls with a personalized Christmas ornament or gift tags, at VladsLab, the perfect fusion of engineering and art.

Still looking for gift ideas from some of the above retailers, take a look at their Insta feeds for specific spotlight gifts:


And don’t forget the great Bay Area brands and our neighbors right here in Bay Meadows’ Town Square! Gift cards at Tin Pot Creamery, ROAM Artisan Burgers, Slices San Mateo, Blue Bottle Coffee and swag from Fieldwork Brewing San Mateo Beer Garden are always a hit.