Overlooking the Carquinez Strait, The Tannery is so much more than an indoor mall in Benicia. It’s also a renovated historical building with waterfront access and incredible views. Located near the bottom of First Street, The Tannery is home to 10 incredible businesses, eight of which are owned by women. It is the culmination of art, apparel, accessories, antiques and gifts that make it a great place to spend an afternoon shopping.
Benicia is known for its artistic vibe and warm hospitality, so it’s no surprise that many of the shops offer a modern bohemian style. One of the newest members to set up shop in The Tannery is Grey Horse Boutique. This cozy little gift shop is boho chic with a touch of urban cowgirl. Visiting Grey Horse Boutique is really more of an experience in discovery as you browse unique baby gifts, jewelry, candles, body lotions, cocktail accessories, ladies clothing, bags, boots and more.
It is the variety and uniqueness of inventory that truly elevates the shopping experience, which is what makes the collection of stores in The Tannery so complimentary. Another great find for the bohemian lady is Tina Marie’s Boutique. They have an incredible selection of clothing, boots, jewelry and even an onsite hair stylist. With fall on the horizon, Tina Marie’s has a fun selection of distressed denim, blouses, and tanks to complete your wardrobe.
With sweeping views of the water and a bit of Asian flair, Bonjour Fashion & Living is a women’s boutique for just about any occasion. The shop location provides the perfect natural light for perusing the colorful array of dresses, jumpers and wraps. Bonjour Fashion & Living offers some dressier pieces in addition to handbags, hats, scarves and jewelry to perfectly accessorize your new outfit.
As they say, fashion is art, so the perfect complement to a clothing boutique is the The Little Art Shop. Local artists who personally design their own displays make everything in the shop. Each time you visit you will have the opportunity to meet one of The Little Art Shop’s members.
Owner Regina Christopher shares, “we hand select each artist and carefully jury for a variety of mediums. All of the artists actually work in the store to ensure an authentic and memorable experience for our shoppers. We are so excited to promote our incredible family of artists.”
Which is exactly what Benicia is really about and businesses in The Tannery building are a special brick and mortar representation of this community. It really is a little journey into a place full of special treasures. From sculptures to trinkets, Art & Things by Gail is another shop where everything is carefully selected by artist and owner Gail. A blend of old world and new, it’s almost impossible to visit without taking something home.
Just across the way is a more interactive option for art. Once Upon A Canvas offers painting classes, studio space for up and coming artists, exhibit space, and it features original works, prints and art cards. More than a gallery, Once Upon A Canvas is also a collaboration of artists who believe in the importance of making art accessible and fun. For more information about upcoming classes, hosting parties and more, visit onceuponacanvasbenicia.com.
True to Benicia’s roots, Fabulous Finds is an intriguing array of antiques and vintage collectibles. The store is packed with everything from glassware to furniture to rare sculptures. Bargain shoppers will enjoy the search for that rare treasure, while collectors may be pleasantly surprised by the shop’s authenticity and variety. You won’t be able to resist popping your head in as you pass by.
Once you’ve journeyed through the halls and nooks, The Tannery offers three great places to grab a snack, drink or meal along the way. For those looking for an all American hot dog or burger, Char’s Hot Dogs will hit the spot. Enjoy a great bite at this family owned, local restaurant with outdoor seating on First Street. A visit to The Tannery is not complete without a stop in Benicia’s own Irish pub. Great beer, a full bar, pub food, and the occasional live band makes Cullen’s Tannery Pub & Salon a popular watering hole. Sip whiskey or bourbon at the bar or enjoy a frosty pint on the patio.
And last but certainly not least, is the newly opened Bella Siena Restaurant & Bar. Open for lunch and dinner, this upscale dining option offers Italian American cuisine with panoramic waterfront views and a world-class wine list. Inspired by the beautiful city of Siena in Italy, the menu is as mouth watering as the space itself. It’s the ideal venue for gathering with friends, date night or celebrating a special event.