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Groceries and Deli:

For the finest fresh fruits, vegetables, and meats, along with artisanal breads and local wines. Shop "where the locals shop" at the Grove Market on Forest above Lighthouse in Pacific Grove. And ... visit the Grove Market's new store in Carmel Valley Village.

La Sala's Bi-Rite Market and Deli at 250 Casa Verde Way in Monterey has great homemade sandwiches and all the convenience store items you need. Call ahead to (831) 372-6824 and your sandwich will be waiting for you.

Shopper's Corner is Santa Cruz's oldest and friendliest family-run market. Since 1938, Shopper's Corner has been a Santa Cruz landmark known for the very best in service, meat, wine, bread and produce. A trip to Shopper's Corner is a trip back in time... to a small-town grocery store on your neighborhood's busiest corner.  Visit Shopper's Corner at 622 Soquel Avenue.  Call (831) 423-1398.  Shopper's Corner is open daily from 6 am to 9 pm. 

Green Landscaping Services:

Cornucopia Landscaping in Santa Cruz County is a complete landscape and design company. Cornucopia Landscaping will help you save money and water with a beautiful functional vegetable garden and fruit trees. Call Davis at (831) 335-1209.

In Monterey, Lynne and Michael Heller Landscapes has been serving the peninsula since 1989.  Lynne and Michael Heller Landscapes are a family-owned and operated design/build outdoor construction business. They make your dream garden a reality. browse to for beautiful examples of Lynne and Michael's work.


If you are looking for a Monterey dentist who listens and who cares call Dr. Daniel Turner at (831) 375-1112. Dr. Turner's offices are at 815 Cass Street.

Holistic Veterinary Services:

At Natural Veterinary Therapy, Dr. Annette Richmond's holistic philosophy integrates the best of traditional and complementary veterinary medicine to create a powerful and safe way to maintain your pet's health. Natural Veterinary Therapy believes that a combination of natural medicine, proper nutrition, and reduced vaccinations will help strengthen your pet's immune system to combat disease and rid your pet of acute and chronic disorders. Natural Veterinary Therapy is in downtown Pacific Grove at 510 Lighthouse Avenue, Suite 5. Call (831) 655-0501 for your pet's health and your peace of mind.

Automotive/Gas Station Services:

In Soquel, Wilson's Tire & Service provides outstanding automotive and tire care. Call owner Juan Escamilla at (831) 476-0370 or just stop by 4665 Soquel Drive - at the corner of Soquel Drive and Porter Street.

Great Toys for Thinking Kids of All Ages:

Since 1969, there's been no better place to buy toys than Thinker Toys of Carmel and Monterey. Owner Mark Phillips and his staff take great pride in personally serving every customer. Don't your children deserve the very best for the holidays? Shop with absolute confidence at Thinker Toys. In Carmel at 7th and San Carlos (831) 624-0441. In Monterey at the Del Monte Center (831) 643-0907.

Print Media:

Connection Magazine is a magazine / newspaper for Health, Fitness, Fun, Art, Adventure and Awareness for the new age conscious reader. Connection Magazine serves Santa Cruz, Monterey, Santa Clara, and San Mateo Counties. Healing Ourselves, Healing Our Planet is Connection Magazine's goal.  Connect with the Connection at

Coffee Shops:

Norma Jean's Coffee & Tea at 8043 Soquel Drive, Aptos, CA has the best coffee in Santa Cruz, fresh homemade baked goods, and delicious deli for lunch.  Stop by and say hi to Cathy every day.  Norma Jean's Coffee & Tea is a stone's throw from the intersection of Trout Gulch Road and Soquel Drive in the heart of Aptos Village.

Acupuncture, Herbal, Massage and Osteopathy:

At Optimal Health in Monterey, Glenn and Melissa Sadowsky provide high quality integrative health care. Glenn graduated with a master in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Five Branches Institute in Santa Cruz, CA, and specializes in pain relief and difficult to treat cases. Melissa's specialties include massage therapy and working to educate women on self-care for healthier breast tissue through lymphatic movement. Optimal Health Acupuncture and Bodyworks is at 132 Carmelito Avenue in Monterey.  Call (831) 655-3208 for an appointment. What are you waiting for?

Insurance Agent:

Justin Hambly of State Farm is your Central Coast agent for auto, home, health, and life insurance. Justin's office is at 9016 Soquel Drive in Aptos. Call Justin at (831) 688-3683.

Fine Wines, Beers, and Liquors:

In Monterey, Monte Vista Wines and Spirits at 19 Soledad Drive is the place for hard and soft beverages.

Home Furnishings:

Make your home even more beautiful. Check out the elegant and unique furniture and decorative items at HomescapesCarmel. Change your world at HomescapesCarmel at the SE corner of 7th and Dolores in Carmel. Open 7 days a week 10-6. Call Thompson or Beau Lange at 624-6499.


Frank Chavez of Chavez Jewelry at 1418 Freedom Boulevard in Watsonville specializes in restoring or recycling antique jewelry. Call Frank Chavez at 768-8004.


        Chinese - Ridiculously good Chinese food at great prices is the hallmark of locally-owned and operated Jim's Restaurant in Seaside at 1584 Del Monte. For carry-out to die for, call Jim's in Seaside at (831) 394-5117.  Ridiculously good Chinese food at great prices is the hallmark of locally-owned and operated Jim's Restaurant in Seaside at 1584 Del Monte. For carry-out to die for, call Jim's in Seaside at (831) 394-5117.

        Mexican - Taqueria La Cabana in Soquel (right next to Wilson's Tire and Service), Santa Cruz, and Seaside serves great Mexican food at really reasonable prices.  Taquera La Cabana is at 3070 Porter Street, Soquel; 2332 Mission, Santa Cruz; and 400 Palm Avenue, Seaside.

Books and Much More:

The Pilgrim's Way Bookstore and Garden Shop in Carmel is the premier metaphysical bookstore on the central coast of California. Pilgrim's Way is known for taking chances and exploring areas of alternative thinking, rely on Pilgrim's Way for books not normally found in other book stores and your home and garden needs. Pilgrim's Way is on Delores between 5th and 6th. Call Paul and Cynthia at 1 (800) 549-9922 or (831) 624-4955.

Investment Services:

Todd Ganos is a Principal at Doolittle & Ganos at 100 Clock Tower Place, Suite 210, in Carmel, CA 93923.  Doolittle & Ganos has been recognized as the Investment Advisor of the Year for 2008 and 2009 by the Carmel Pine Cone and for two years in a row has been one of Wealth Manager Magazine's Top Dogs.  Call Doolittle & Ganos at (831) 624-3317

Concerned that you will not be able to finance your retirement? Need help funding your or your child's college education? R.J. Moye of Safe Money and Retirement Talk is your lifeline.

Real Estate:

To buy or sell a home from Big Sur to Santa Cruz, "forget the rest, get the best" - call Patty Ross of Keller Williams at (831) 622-6235.

BioFuel and Electric Cars:

Save the planet and money too by using a Zenn electric car for your local transportation needs or filling your personal transportation with biofuels. Both are available at The Green Station at 433 Ocean Street in Santa Cruz. Browse at or call (831) 425-9100 or just stop by.


'Tis the season to send flowers and warm hearts for the holidays. Call Ferrari Florist & Gifts at (831) 460-7000, visit their website at or stop by Ferrari Florist & Gifts at 514 Front Street, Santa Cruz.

House Painting:

Call Don Dickman Painting at (831) 667-2144 for all of your house painting needs on the Monterey Peninsula and Big Sur. There is no job too big or too small for Don Dickman Painting!






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