Ace Hardware – Aptos

When it comes to hardware stores in Aptos, Ace is definitely the place – if for no other reason than that there is no other hardware store in Aptos. There’s Home Depot in Capitola (and Watsonville), and Orchard Supply in Capitola (and Watsonville, too) but if you’re looking to make a quick run to a […]

Native Revival Nursery

The Native Revival Nursery is tucked down Mar Vista Drive (off Soquel Drive), right down by the freeway. It sits on a portion of the site previously occupied by the now-defunct Par 3 Golf Course. It is also right adjacent to where the future Mar Vista over-crossing will be located. They’re usually open seven days […]

AJ’s Market

Technically this isn’t in Aptos, but it’s right on the border, and many Aptos residents will pass by it every day, especially those who use the Park Avenue exit off Highway 1. AJ’s Market is so many things to say many people, but let’s start with the market. It seems they have just about everything, […]

Rancho del Mar Shopping Center

The Rancho del Mar shopping center was the first “large scale” retail development in Aptos, built in the 1960s. Its anchor tenant was, and is, Safeway – which is still the largest employer in Aptos. The shopping center is slated for re-development, as Safeway has purchased the center and is preparing to greatly increase the […]

Aptos Farmer’s Market

[venue id = 49e0be3af964a52066611fe3] More than 80 vendors comprise the Aptos Farmer’s Market, held very Saturday from 8 AM to 12 noon at Cabrillo College. The Aptos Farmers Market has been voted “America’s Favorite Farmers Market in California” in 2011 and 2012. The Aptos Farmer’s Market was named one of “The Coast’s Best Farmers Markets” […]

Aptos Shopping Centers

Aptos is not generally compared to the world’s biggest shopping towns, like New York, London, or Tokyo – and with good reason! Aptos has a small-town vibe and most of the Aptos Shopping Centers identified on this page are casual, laid-back places where suit and tie are very much an exception, rather than a norm. […]