This week's cover story on supporting local businesses kicks off a whole month of holiday shopping. We here at the Bohemian aim to inspire your shopping to happen locally, for a variety of reasons. One, it helps the local economy. Two, it sends a message to the big-box chains who think they can get away with paying employees terribly. Three, chain stores are totally boring, and shopping online is lonely.
All through the month of December leading up to Christmas Day, we'll be posting testimonials to North Bay businesses we love in Sonoma, Napa and Marin Counties, the types of places that come immediately to mind when someone says "Name a local business you can't live without." Think of them as positive reviews by people you know you can trust—people who've lived and worked here for years.
When small businesses thrive, we all benefit. This December, get out there and shop locally.
—Gabe Meline, Editor
(Click through for links to reviews.)
Dec. 1: Pine Grove General Store
Dec. 2: Asef's Appliance
Dec. 3: Pearl Wonderful Clothing
Dec. 4: Mike's Bikes
Dec. 6: Flying Goat Coffee
Dec. 7: Calistoga Inn
Dec. 8: Bedrock Music and Video
Dec. 9: G&G Supermarket
Dec. 10: Video Bob's Starbase No. 1 Arcade
Dec. 11: Golden Carrot Natural Foods
Dec. 12: Video Droid
Dec. 13: Northbay Computer Systems
Dec. 14: Napa Valley Coffee Roasting Co.
Dec. 15: Napa Music Supply
Dec. 16: California Luggage Co.
Dec. 17: The Toyworks
Dec. 18: Fatty's Threads
Dec. 19: Brotherhood Board Shop
Dec. 20: Corrick's
Dec. 21: County Regional Parks
Dec. 22: Wee Three Children's Store
Dec. 23: Gardeners Aid
Dec. 24: Mission Ace
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