If you are in search of a new source for “boho chic” clothing, Benicia has exactly what you are shopping for and so much more. Known for its vibrant arts community and easygoing culture, it’s no wonder the modern Bohemian is the perfect reflection of Benicia’s own chic personality. This warm and welcoming collection of shops offers an eclectic variety of cozy fabrics, designer brands, and one-of-a-kind accessories to complete your wish list wardrobe.
Collektive – 117 East D Street
Local jewelry artist Jennifer Negrete recently opened Collektive, which is located just off First Street. Every Collektive brand and artisan is carefully selected from local makers and on-trend brands from Los Angeles. Upfront and center is Jenn’s own jewelry line, Eva Knox, which can also be found in boutiques all over the Bay Area. The shop has an affordable price point and offers great finds for multi-generational women. Collektive is both upscale and trendy without losing the cozy and welcoming feel treasured by locals.
Collektive owner Jenn shares, “I have had great success with my own handmade jewelry, so I wanted to give fellow residents and visitors a unique and affordable shopping experience with a comfortable place to hang out.”
Pink Arrows Boutique – 301 First Street
Tucked behind Benicia Plein Air Gallery and Gallery 621 on First Street is another great shop with a Bohemian vibe. Owner Nicole Yarbrough created Pink Arrows Boutique to showcase a collection of curated brands with the modern boho woman in mind. Nicole travels to shows and works with top brands such as Free People, Wildfox, Paige, AG, Spiritual Gangster and more. She focuses on finding quality pieces, soft fabrics and great fits to deliver the highest quality products and customer service.
Nicole says “downtown Benicia has grown to be a cool mix of eclectic art galleries, delicious restaurants, and unique shops…and it is the perfect place to find everything from a hidden antique gem to a great new designer dress!”
Christina S Fashion Destination – 370 First Street
Voted the Best of the East Bay, Christina S Fashion Destination is known for its celebrated mix of fashion in clothing and accessories. Always on point, owner Christina Strawbridge travels to New York and abroad for the latest trends and collections.
As an active member of the Bay Area fashion community, Christina hosts Benicia Fashion Runway Weekend. This September, the event will celebrate 10 years of bringing stars from Project Runway along with legendary designers that showcase their designs during the two-day event. The store also produces fashion shows during the year that benefit many of Benicia’s non-profits. These projects, in addition to Christina’s ever-changing merchandise, keep the fashionistas coming back week after week to see what’s new.
Boutique owner Christina says, “I strive to provide the store with lots of options that today’s women want to wear. Staying in touch with the fashion community is a passion and connecting my customers with the designers is fabulous. Giving back is really just the perfect accessory.”
Bonjour Fashion & Living – 129 B-C First Street
Located in the Tannery Building with a gorgeous view of the Carquinez Strait is Bonjour Fashion & Living, offering a wonderful array of colors and patterns to fit any mood. This beautifully lit boutique is full of dressy apparel, scarfs, hats and jewelry. Shoppers will appreciate the reasonable prices and unique designs. Bonjour Fashion & Living is a great boutique to help you get out of your wardrobe woes.
Benicia truly is a fashion destination full of shopping options that won’t break the bank. Vintage shoppers will be excited to discover Benicia’s cool collection of classic clothing options. In the 600 block of First Street Elisa’s Cottage specializes in vintage women’s fashion, reconditioned cowboy boots and other items. Pocket Monkey Vintage carries a unique selection of men’s clothing and accessories. In the historic Benicia Arsenal, Rags to Riches is celebrating 26 years selling consignment and vintage clothing.
For a full listing of shops and boutiques in Benicia, visit us online at visitbenicia.org. Stay social with us on Facebook and Instagram as we share upcoming news on shopping events and deals. Happy hunting.