Santa Cruz Children Charities is hosting their 10th Annual Beauty Bash, on Sunday December 16th at Seascape Village Fitness. The event begins at 8:30 AM and there will be a line out the door, so come early! You’ll be able to find your favorite salon brand products (shampoo, gels, sprays, conditioners, etc.) at prices that are up to 80% off retail – and lots of other gifts for that special someone. Everything will be sold at below wholesale prices! This year’s proceeds will once again go towards helping families with Children in need.
Epicenter Cycling in Aptos is the place to go for bicycles, accessories, and clothing in Aptos. It’s located in the Aptos Station shopping center, in Aptos Village, across from Aptos Village Park on the road to the Forest of Nisene Marks State Park.
I don’t know how the owners chose the name for Epicenter Cycling, but I’m speculating that it has something to do with the fact that the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake had its epicenter in the Forest of Nisene Marks, and that many bike riders who go riding in Nisene Marks purchase, rent, and have their bicycles serviced there at Epicenter Cycling.
The staff is friendly and helpful, offering expert suggestions and guidance for all levels of rider, from children to seniors. They are a Trek dealer, and so have a very wide selection of Trek bicycles. Trek also is the manufacturer of Electra bicycles. The Electra brand includes models that are beach cruisers rather than Trek’s traditional mountain bike offerings. They also offer a number of e-bikes, which is a growing market as consumers seek more environmentally friendly methods to get around town.
When you purchase any bike from Epicenter Cycling, they also offer free tune-ups for as long as you own the bike.
See also: Epicenter Cycling Facebook Page, Epicenter Cycling website
Epicenter Cycling Photo Gallery
Smack dab in the heart of the Aptos Center you’ll find Ace’s Flowers, who serves you with over 30 years of award winning floral design. They have a perfect Five Stars on Yelp after dozens of ratings, and were a Santa Cruz Sentinel’s Reader’s Choice in 2014 as well as being named Runner Up in the Good Times Best of Santa Cruz in both 2015 and 2016.
If you’re looking for flowers for any special occasion, this is the place to go. They do have a number of arrangements ready to go in their display case if you need to run in and grab something, but their forte is custom bouquets, vases, and arrangements. Their work is stunning, and the service impeccable! Go in and tell them what you need flowers for, and they’ll make great suggestions and create something perfect for the occasion right on the spot. You’d expect to pay a huge premium over what they charge at Safeway down the street, but their prices are really reasonable considering the quality and value they provide.
You can order flowers via their web site, and they even deliver locally (zip codes 95003, 95010, 95073, 95062, and some of 95076)! They’re open 10-5 Monday through Saturday, but they’re closed on Sunday.
If you’re looking for a truly exceptional florist right in your own back yard, look no further than Ace’s Flowers.
See also: Ace’s Flowers web site, Ace’s Flowers on Instagram. Ace’s Flowers on Facebook
Klub Nico was founded by Kelley A. Lehner in 2005, and has had a retail location in Aptos at the Deer Park Shopping Center since 2013. Klub Nico styles provide the modern woman with footwear that combines femininity, sophistication, style, and value. Klub Nico styles offer superior quality that brings together a blend of mixed materials, fresh silhouettes, and bold unexpected colors. The collection evolves every season to encapsulate new trends and classic styles. Beautifully crafted in Brazil, the Klub Nico line is comprised of heels, flats, sandals, booties, boots and sneakers that fit well and look great. The collection retails at major department stores, specialty boutiques, online fashion retailers, and at the Klub Nico boutique in Aptos.
See also: Klub Nico web site, Klub Nico Facebook Page
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Garrett Jewelers in Aptos
Garrett Jewelers in the Seascape Village Shopping Center has been run by Yvonne and Jeff Garrett for over 18 years. Between the two of them, they have decades of experience in the jewelry business. They know quality jewelry when they see it, and that’s what you’ll find when you step inside Garrett Jewelers in Aptos.
The shop is unlike your typical mall jewelers – you won’t find carbon copy, cookie cutter jewelry here. Instead, you’ll find unique and distinctive pieces from renown jewelry designers both here locally in Santa Cruz county, and from around the world. Most of the items they sell simply can’t be found in any other jewelry store anywhere, because they are truly one of a kind.
They don’t just sell jewelry, either – consider them your local Aptos jewelry experts. Have a question about a piece’s value or authenticity? Need to have a gem stone set into a ring or necklace? Have a special piece of jewelry that needs repair? Need advice on what kind of jewelry you should get for that special someone? Then stop on by Garrett Jewelers in the Seascape Village Shopping Center and talk to Yvonne or Jeff. Make sure you tell them that you’re a local, and they’ll take extra good care of you.
See also: Garrett Jewelers Facebook Page
Garrett Jewelers Video
Fleet Feet Sports is Honored as One of 50 Best in USA
Did you know that Aptos is home to one of the very best running shops in the entire US of A? For the third time in four years, Fleet Feet Sports is honored as one of the 50 Best in USA by Running Insight and Competitor Magazine.
Fleet Feet Sports Aptos took its place among the country’s elite retailers following an extensive nomination and review process throughout 2016. The judging culminated in the store’s recognition at a gala awards ceremony in Orlando on Dec. 1, 2016, as part of The Running Event, an annual conference and trade expo for specialty running retailers.
Fleet Feet Sports in Aptos was selected after a rigorous vetting process that rated the store on its service, product knowledge, merchandising and community service. The shop will be featured in a special issue of Competitor magazine distributed nationally. The store will also receive a commemorative plaque to mark the award. Each of the 50 Best winners will also share the award with consumers via a special window sign supplied by Competitor that indicates the store as a 50 Best 2016 winner.
The process of compiling a list of the top 50 running shops in the country began early in 2016 when Formula 4 Media, with the help of Competitor Magazine, began to collect and evaluate nominations from runners, soliciting feedback from consumers on their favorite running stores. More 16,000 individual customer nominations were received. A panel of industry experts from Franklin Resource Group mystery shop nominated stores to evaluate on 20 different aspects of retailing, including product knowledge, environment, vendor relations and community involvement.
Congratulations to Russ and Tina Coillot of Fleet Feet Sports! They have been tremendous supporters of our Aptos community and it’s wonderful to see their shop receive the recognition it so richly deserves.
The Mulberry Gallery is located in the Aptos Village Plaza shopping center, in the heart of Aptos Village. It is run by the husband and wife team of Del and Barbara Crawford.
The Mulberry Gallery specializes in exquisite, custom framing for your artwork and photographs. They don’t simply build frames – they design them to suit both the artwork and the home, office, or gallery they will be displayed in. If you have an art collection and you’re in need of distinctive framing to highlight it, the Mulberry Gallery is the place to go.
In addition to custom framing, Barbara Crawford is an accomplished photographer who creates unique and inspired family portraits. Examples of her work are on display in the gallery.
See also: The Mulberry Gallery Web Site
Caroline’s Non Profit Thrift Shop
Caroline’s Non Profit Thrift Shop is located in Aptos Village. The shop was founded in 2010 by Christina Licker, who continues to work as the director today. Their primary mission is to raise funds for Santa Cruz County non-profits that have programs and/or services for children with special medical, developmental, or psychological needs.
The majority of the funding from Caroline’s Non Profit Thrift Shop goes to their “core four” charities:
- Children’s Hospice and Palliative Care Coalition
- Hospice of Santa Cruz County
- Jacob’s Heart
- SPIN (Special Parents Information Network)
In just over four years, Caroline’s Non Profit Thrift Shop has donated over $600,000 for these and other worthy causes.
The shop is staffed by approximately 70 volunteers and is loaded with unique, high-quality, and rare items that have been donated by families near and far. They have a little bit of everything: dishes, linens, children’s clothing, toys, sporting goods, ladies clothing, accessories, a few choice items for men, and furniture, art and lighting.
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Caroline’s Non Profit Thrift Shop Photo Gallery
Redwood Village in Aptos
Redwood Village in Aptos came to being in 1929. It was built on the former site of Claus Spreckels‘ horse stables, located along the road from Watsonville to Santa Cruz. Back in the day, this may have been the first experience for visitors coming from the south to see a redwood forest up close and personal.
Over time, the redwood trees were thinned out and the timber milled to construct the guest cottages. Decades later, in 1974, the property was converted into use by shops and businesses.
It is located on Soquel Drive, conveniently closed to the freeway exit / on-ramp at Rio del Mar Boulevard, which gets a lot of Rio del Mar neighborhood and Rio del Mar Beach traffic.
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