One of the best things about Benicia is the fabulous, one-of-a-kind shopping experience on First Street. Each boutique is completely locally-owned, completely unique, and reflective of Benicia’s quirky, art-loving personality. From gifts, to collectibles, to home décor and designer fashion, there’s always something new and original to discover.

With the Bay Area’s air finally clearing, and Solano County recently being upgraded to an even safer tier during the pandemic, why not plan a day to enjoy some retail therapy and get an early start on your holiday shopping?

Here are some spots you won’t want to miss on your excursion:

Antiques on First

Antiques on First is full of oddities and treasures. Whether you’re looking for antiques, vintage, or retro items, this is the place to find it. Be sure to talk with shop owner Allie McLanahan Mamere, who will help ensure you have a great experience.

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Elisa’s Cottage

Elisa’s cottage not only has great vintage clothing and accessories, but also original fashion art work created by the owner from recycled outfits. Owner Elisa Anderson truly embodies the unique spirit of Benicia with her selection – which also boasts the best Hawaiian shirt collection around. Aloha!

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Freshly Rooted Tribe

Looking for a new way to be healthy? Ever try sea moss? Benicia’s wildly popular Freshly Rooted Tribe aims to teach people about making healthier food choices, especially with sea vegetables! Known for their super-healthy (albeit unusual!) menu that includes soursop and Palo Santos, Freshly Rooted Tribe’s food includes immunity boosters, anti-inflammatory properties, stress relief, and so much more.

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Happy Life Pottery

There’s nothing more unique than something you make with your own hands! Learn to create your own mugs, flower vases, and more. Happy Life Pottery is both a teaching studio and an art/gift boutique stop. Visit their beautiful, creative space and do some shopping. You can grab a project to take home or purchase a gift certificate for a future class!

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Timeless Memories

This antique shop will make you feel as if you’ve entered a castle, full of treasure! Whether you’re looking for something big or small, or a specific vintage piece, you will find something special in here.

Zeppelin Comics

Way more than just a comic shop! In addition to over 200 current titles (including new comics released each week) Zeppelin has a huge selection of graphic novels, trade paperbacks, and games & gifts! If you want some advice on gift giving, make sure to strike up a conversation with owners Natasha and Dan Curtis, who are both bona fide super fans of pop culture.

Fox and Fawn Bakehouse

The best cupcakes you will ever taste are waiting for you right down the street, at Fox and Fawn Bakehouse. This charming little bakery prides itself on perfectly-balanced flavors, exactly the right amount of sweetness. For those that love eating cookie dough, they have vegan cookie dough batter that is ready to eat, straight from the tub. Bring some of these scrumptious treats home for your friends and family to try out. Take it from someone who makes a stop here every time, you really don’t want to miss the cupcakes!

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