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DiscoverClaremont All336

Claremont, California, is full of hidden treasures waiting to be explored, is freeway close to anywhere in Southern California, and features free parking throughout its downtown area.

Designer clothing for adults and children. Gifts from unique corners of the world. Fashionable shoes. And, of course, a range of choices for handbags, jewelry and accessories.

20120616_9848Claremont, California, has a village full of shops and boutiques.

In the historic Claremont Village you’ll find unique shops like Rhino Records,  Tattle Tales children’s clothing store, Folk Music Center (owned by musician Ben Harper’s family), fashions at Nectar, Fresh Produce and The Little Dress Shop, and treasure-filled antique stores such as Cats in the Window, Village Attic, Claremont Collection, and Barbara Cheatley (great for Christmas items).

Just a few blocks away is the newer addition to the Village, where visitors will find many upscale shops in the Village Square center and Packing House complex. These range from such clothing and accessory stores as Maple Boutique, Tally for Men, and Replay Vintage, to Bath Workshop, Ecoterra Raw Market, International Glass and Bead Co., and more.

No shopping experience is complete without a stop at the Cheese Cave, which carries a unique assort of cheeses from around the world. And what’s next but a stop at WineStyles or the Packing House Wine Merchants for a pairing!

_DSC0161Claremont: Southern Calfornia’s First Fair Trade USA Town

Eco-friendly travelers will appreciate that Claremont, California, is the first Fair Trade Town in Southern California. The designation means Claremont encourages its merchants to support small producers locally and worldwide that adhere to environmental standards to protect the planet, safe working conditions, fair prices and no forced child labor.

Visitors will find that many of the city’s dozens of locally owned boutiques, as well as a number of eateries, carry Fair Trade Certified™ merchandise and products. Some boutiques leading the way include these notable Claremont spots:

  • The Bath Workshop – Everything in the store is locally and fair-trade sourced, including their locally made soaps, lotions and scrubs.
  • Heirloom – A storefront + workshop making its own recycled, sustainable gifts, featuring their very popular chandeliers made from old wine and spirits bottles.
  • The Green Gypsie – These ladies focus on “Sustainable, Recycled, Eco-Chic,” which includes upcycling old materials into functional or art pieces. Check out their pop art decorated vintage plates and ’80s album-cover notebooks.
  • Colors 91711 – Knitters, crocheters and spinners will find yarns and threads made from natural fibers and dyes.

image004Other  locally owned boutiques that carry Fair Trade Certified™ merchandise and products include Buddhamouse EmporiumCloud NineFolk Music Center, On A Mission, Phebie’s Needle ArtRio de OjasStudio Claremont and Tintura Salon. Eateries serving Fair Trade coffee or tea include Espiau’s, Euro Café, The Motley, Pit Stop Café, The Press Restaurant, Sage Hen Café, Some Crust Bakery, The Spot and Wolfe’s Market.

 Shopping Directory (via Claremont Chamber)