Shop Small in Marin

As the air begins to change and I can start wearing my sweaters and boots, I often head over the Golden Gate Bridge to Marin, where many of my favorite small shop owners have their places. I have to admit, you can find me there on most weekends. I marvel that I’m living in San Francisco but can be a few minutes away from a region known for seafood, redwoods, and high quality small business owners.

Over twelve years ago, when I first moved to the city, one of the places I found in Marin was Summer House. It’s one of my all time favorite shops. Summer House has two stores filled to the rim with furniture, rugs, pillows, and accessories for the home. This is a shop where I’m constantly finding pieces for my own home and clients. Another Mill Valley favorite I’m obsessed with is True Botanicals for their organic natural skin care products that have changed my skin for the better. I also love popping over to Margaret O’Leary for their incredible sweaters(love this sweater weather!) and Mint for a cute item for my toddler!

Once I’ve hit up these Mill Valley favorites, I head to either Rustic Bakery or Farm Shop for a delicious and fresh salads for lunch. Both located in Marin County Mart. If you haven’t been – it’s a must! I first began coming here when Erica Tanov opened. Erica Tanov carries both home goods and clothing designed right here in the Bay Area. This will always be one of my favorite shops, as I worked for her while I was in college. I know that her pieces are made to last a lifetime and have truly been the foundation of my wardrobe!

As an American Express Blue Cash Everyday Card holder, shopping small businesses means I’m not only supporting them, but I also get regular rewards — this is a win-win combination! And to make it even more enticing, Amex is offering 2X Rewards when you enroll your eligible Amex card and spend at qualifying small businesses through the end of the year. Learn more about this exceptional deal here. And if you’re not sure where to shop with your card, they’ve also got you covered with an easy-to-use small business map. You can search for all the qualifying small merchants close to your home.

This post is a partnership with American Express Blue Cash Everyday. All opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting sponsored posts that keep Sacramento Street doors open.

Photos of Summer House by Caitlin Flemming


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Since 2009, I’ve been documenting and sharing the small bits of inspiration that make up my daily life. Here, you’ll find musings on all things lifestyle, from fashion to motherhood. The common theme is recognizing and creating beauty in the everyday.

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