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Serving Our Neighbors Since 1967 West America Bank 721-1169 Safeway 456-9157 Subway 456-1170 Lee Nail Care 459-6868 Bradley Real Estate 455-1080

Beauty Store USA 453-9569 Gold Dreams Damselfly Unlimited 453-3050 Silver Screen Video 457-8360 Lark Shoes 258-9954 CVS 456-4004

Easy Street Café 453-1984 Peet’s Coffee & Tea 306-0310 Hot Wok Chinese Food 454-0877 Burritoville 459-7443 Precision 6 Haircutting 457-5340

Red Hill Pet Center 457-0927 Red Hill Cake & Pastry 457-3632 Holiday Cleaners 457-9992 Swirl 451-0190

800-900 Block of Sir Francis Drake Blvd.

Everything You Need and More Red Hill Shopping Center in San Anselmo has the relaxed family-oriented feel we cherish in a community. With plenty of free parking and a great collection of shops and restaurants, shopping is easy, fun and hassle-free. The friendly merchants are ready to help you with the gifts, foods and services you want and need to make your holidays special. “Servicing our Neighbors Since 1967” is not merely a phrase, but an important statement about the center’s attitudes and goals. Take a leisurely walk from one end of Red Hill to the other. Start by opening an account at West America Bank. Amble in to Safeway for groceries and collect a sandwich at Subway. Have your nails done while picking up that holiday gift certificate at Lee Nail Care. Bradley Real Estate is ready to help you find or sell that perfect property. Come see Beauty Store USA to find that perfect look for your holiday party. Gold Dreams - Damselfly Unlimited is your custom designer for the right jewelry piece to

make your holiday look complete. Lark Shoes, where style meets comfort, will keep your feet happy for the holidays. CVS - has all the supplies from A-Z Easy Street Café - the perfect place to feed your hunger. Silver Screen Video - the place to go to buy or rent your favorite video. Peet’s Coffee - grab a delicious cup for your stroll. Hot Wok - fresh and delicious Chinese food. Burritoville - where once you come in and try, you will never go anywhere else! Precision Six - look your best with a new haircut! Pets will be thrilled at Red Hill Pet Center. Red Hill Cake and Pastry - the place to go for those special treats. Red Hill Holiday Cleaners - to make your wardrobe spot-free. Swirl - where your sweet tooth will be satisfied. 800-900 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Anselmo. 415/382-1185

YES! Definitely! Positively! For Sure! No Doubt About it!

Jean Jung, Jewelry Designer, Master Precious Metalsmith, Gemologist, 12-Time International Jewelry Design Contest Winner

Yes! - We have Pearls, Diamonds, all Gemstones, Platinum, Gold, Silver and affordable gifts. Yes! - We have women’s apparel, art to wear Yes! - We specialize in custom work created just for you Yes! - We redesign jewelry using your gems and gold or ours. Yes! -We do jewelry repair and restoration and resting pearls and beads Yes! - We do appraisals Yes! - We’ll have fun while we work with you, creating quality heirloom pieces

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Gold Dreams-Damselfly Unlimited


Chadwicks of London


Mt Tam Bikes


Stephan Hill Jewelers


Velvet Ice Collection


The Herban Garden


Evo Spa


Once Around


Lark Shoes


Artworks Downtown


Marin Jewelers Guild


Bay Area Laser


Ambient Gift Shop


Five Little Monkeys


Mill Valley Massage


Gathering Thyme


Mara’s Shoes & Fashion


Vintage Oaks Shopping Center


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The mystique ofccognac diamonds.


I n n o v a t i v e C u s t o m J e w e l r y, C l a s s y E l e g a n t G i f t s 1328 4th Street | San Rafael | 250-2828 | Holiday Gift Guide 2011 5

Wonderful Gifts to and From the Community


After 15 years of being exclusive European importers and wholesalers, Ambient recently decided to venture out into retail. This is an exciting time for us, as we feel that our community is in dire need of some TLC and that perhaps we can actually “do something” to help out a little. Our main mission: To raise money for our schools and to simply bring a smile to the faces of the people who like our “stuff ”! We would like to invite you to check out our selection of rustic candles and home décor, oilcloth and coated linen fabrics, oilcloth bags, French tablecloths and dishtowels, French soaps, modern jewelry, florals, unique vintage finds, stretched canvas artwork, knitted playthings, games and special little treasures for children, AND we must not forget…Our fabulous Danish baby and junior size down comforters, pillows and duvet covers. There are MANY wonderful gift ideas to be found for the holidays. 7075 Redwood Blvd., Novato (Between the Redwood Fire Station and the NEW Novato Animal Hospital). 415/897-8986

Give the Gift of Vibrant Health

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Gathering Thyme is a community herb shop and integrative health clinic offering high-quality, natural healthcare products, education and support. Locally owned and staffed by experienced herbalists and healthcare educators, our goal is to empower and educate the community about self care using herbs and other natural remedies. Need guidance on homeopathy, herbal medicine or which supplements are best for you? Our experienced healthcare providers are here to answer your questions! We offer an extensive collection of organic bulk herbs, many locally sourced, as well as the highest quality nutritional supplements, fine teas from Red Blossom Tea Company, botanical perfumes, jewelry, meditation pillows, buckwheat-filled neck wraps, books, candles, incense, and other nature-inspired gifts. Gift certificates are available for both gift items and holistic healthcare services. It’s a great place to find the perfect gift for your loved ones. 226 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Anselmo 415/524-8693 •


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Seek Out This Hidden Treasure Velvet Ice: A Smooth and Gold Dreams - Damselfly Unlimited is a Refreshing Shopping Experience

unique custom jewelry and fashion gallery, tucked in the hidden courtyard at San Anselmo’s Red Hill Shopping Center. Jean Jung, master precious metalsmith, has spent over 45 years perfecting her craft; she features one-of-a-kind pieces in gold, platinum and sterling silver with colored gemstones, fabulous pearls and, of course, diamonds. This is one of the few working goldsmith shops in the Bay Area - Jean can often be found at her workbench, torch in hand, completing a special jewelry piece. The store also has an extensive collection of Wedgwood, Buddhas, and an eclectic selection of collectibles, home furnishings and art-towear clothing. People often stop by this petfriendly, fun, happy place to visit and talk about a range of subjects other than jewelry. The prices are reasonable and the quality superb - it’s a great place to find the perfect jeweled creation or gift.

864 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Anselmo (In the Red Hill Shopping Center). 415/453-3050

After 11 years as a successful buyer of gifts, gourmet chocolate and housewares for Woodlands Market, Lisa Lee has stepped out on her own and opened up a fantastic new shop called Velvet Ice. Her shop is located at 1328 Fourth Street in San Rafael. Here you will find a beautiful array of gorgeous gifts, cards, candles, tabletop, plush, confections and more. Some of the brands she displays are Mill Valley Candle , Jelly Cat London, Papaya, Bequet Caramels, Clarine’s Florentines, Polo Dolce confections, and so many more. A must-see in her shop is the jewelry she designs and makes herself. There is everything from semi-precious gems to everyday costume jewelry. You will be amazed at her talent. This best kept secret of San Rafael is the hot spot to do all your holiday shopping! Come in and see, you will be pleasantly surprised! 1328 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415/259-2828


Marin Country Mart 2239 Larkspur Landing Circle (parking lot side) 415-461-6226

San Anselmo 872 Sir Francis Drake Blvd (next to CVS) 415-258-9954

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Combine Art and Fun at Art Works Downtown

The Mystique of Cognac Diamonds

Join Art Works Downtown at our annual Holiday Open Studios on Saturday and Sunday, December 10 and 11, from 11am to 5pm. You’ll find unique gifts, one-of-a-kind jewelry, cards, paintings, ceramics and sculptures to fit all budgets from the works of more than 40 artists, all under one roof! This year Art Works Downtown will feature a card-making workshop for the kids, and a treasure hunt where you will be provided a map with “clues� to find the “treasure� in each artist’s studio. Bring the whole family to this free event and explore the labyrinth of studios, hear live music and enjoy holiday refreshments. Kick off the weekend on Friday, December 10, 5–8pm, with receptions for the Small Works Show in the Main Gallery and Marin Jewelers Guild— coinciding with Second Friday Artwalk.

As the days shorten and the increasing chill in the air signals a change in seasons, at Stephan- Hill we are thinking of the smoky tones of cognac and black diamonds mixed with the darker color value of rose gold. Our Winter Collections feature these mixes of colored diamonds on elegant pavĂŠ pendants of dangling concentric circles and luscious domed rings. These are our evening colors and blend well with festive dresses or cashmere sweaters. Visit Stephan-Hill to discover the mystique of cognac diamonds and view our many other designer collections. 1226 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415/459-5808.

We’re located between 1325-1337 Fourth St., between C & D streets in Downtown San Rafael. 415/451-8119. Parking validation available.

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Where Style Meets Comfort

Mindful Giving

Save airfare this holiday season and come into Lark Shoes to keep your feet warm and stylish with our great selection of UGGS boots and slippers that will coordinate with any ensemble. Or why not go Dutch during December, pick up some clogs by Birkenstock to put under your Christmas tree? If Santa needs some stocking stuffers, steer your sleigh over to Lark Shoes and stock up on new shoe laces and socks to fill those stockings this holiday season. Have a pair of shoes that just need fixing? Come into the Lark Shoes at the Marin Country Mart. With over 40 years of experience, Harry can assist you in saving those treasured soles.

Feel great about the gifts you give this year by knowing that what you have selected is thoughtful, unique, quality made, socially and ecologically responsible! Each and every treasure featured in The Herban Garden is consciously selected and labeled according to its qualities of sustainability. This includes a variety of ethical sourcing practices that we support and celebrate. A little something for everybody! Visit us at our new store front in the heart of downtown Fairfax, and be inspired by our local, artistic charm. We thank and celebrate each of you for your support by making purchases that embody a healthy people and planet.

Marin Country Mart - 2239 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur. 415/461-6226 Red Hill Shopping Center - 872 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Anselmo. 415/258-9954

15 Bolinas Rd., Fairfax. 415/453-1709

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Holiday Gifts Open weekdays 10am–4pm 7075 Redwood Blvd. | Novato Between the Redwood Fire Station and the NEW Novato Animal Hospital

415-897-8696 Holiday Gift Guide 2010 11

Give the Gift of Relaxation Family-owned Mill Valley Massage has elevated the massage experience at an affordable price. Open daily, each location, Mill Valley and San Rafael, offers the finest possible massage performed by dedicated, professional therapists in a relaxing and rejuvenating environment. The benefits of massage therapy under the trained hands of our professional massage therapists promotes relaxation, reduces stress, eases sore muscles and can raise immune system efficiency. Their once-a-year holiday gift certificate special, makes it easy to share the gift of massage with friends and family. Few experiences in life can compare to the benefits of a professional massage. Choose a massage treatment that suits your needs. Relax, breathe deeply and experience a custom massage. Whether you’re feeling completely stressed or need relief from those nagging aches and pains Mill Valley Massage has the right massage package for you! Voted Best Massage in Marin by Pacific Sun readers for five consecutive years! 61 Camino Alto, Suite 102, Mill Valley. 415/381-1855 1007 C Street, San Rafael. 415/460-1855

Gleaming Works by Marin Jewelry Artists The Marin Jewelers Guild is a great place to find the perfect gift for that someone special. By representing ten different artists we are able to offer a large selection of gems and jewelry ranging from organic and nature-inspired or intricate gold work to woven metal and clean, contemporary silver pieces. All of our work is one-of-akind, created by local artisan Guild members. For the month of December, the Marin Jewelers Guild will be open every day through December 24. In collaboration with Art Works Downtown, we will feature the Small Works Show, from November 18 to January 6. Come by and visit us for our regular Second Friday Artwalk for a reception on December 9, followed by Open Studios, Dec. 10 and 11, featuring wonderful new works by Marin Jewelers Guild members, just in time for the holidays! 1331 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415/454-2711

Best Toy Store

C r e a t i v e To y s f o r I m a g i n a t i v e M i n d s

852 Grant Avenue in Old Town Novato 415.898.4411 12 Holiday Gift Guide 2011

A Toy Store for Everyone Come explore the wonders of Five Little Monkeys, a specialty toy store created for kids of all ages. From awesome art projects to construction sets to quality infant toys—you’ll find it here in a fun and friendly environment. There are creative toys for imaginative minds, wish lists and gift certificates, great stocking stuffers, UPS shipping, extended holiday hours, and gift-wrapping is always complimentary. First Bay Area Green Certified toy store, voted Best Toy Store in Marin for 2011, the trained staff at Five Little Monkeys is available to give you a personalized shopping experience seven days a week! 852 Grant Ave., Old Town Novato 415/898-4411.

So you Want to Look Good for the New Year? With New Year’s parties around the corner and holiday soirees in December, make 2011 the year that they remember. Why not treat yourself or the ones you care for with a bit of a beauty boost to ring in the New Year? Looking good and feeling good are synonymous, so schedule an appointment for a Facial Rejuvenation with an IPL Photofacial or Thermage for the full face and neck. A true testament is the test of time—especially when selecting a medical professional. Dr. Serebrakian established the Bay Area Laser Surgery Center in 1997, where he was among the pioneers in the Bay Area to utilize lasers for eyelid surgery and facial rejuvenation. Dr. Serebrakian also sees patients for facial implants, browlifts, liposuction, facial resurfacing, Botox, fillers, hair removal, tattoo removal and more. 1000 A Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 415/461-5755. 1599 Tara Hills Dr., Pinole. 510/724 -8282.

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Celebrate and Nourish the Gift of Beauty and Wellness

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Evo Spa’s highly trained staff is dedicated to your self*evo*lution, the idea that your body can heal itself when provided with the support of nurturing and caring therapies that help to unlock the body’s innate wisdom. Our treatments and healing environment are designed to transport you to a place where you can fully relax and be nourished—body, mind, and spirit. We have searched the world to bring you the finest products and exotic treatments, uniquely combining ancient traditions with the best in modern technology. Sign up for our monthly specials at

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216 Strawberry Village, Mill Valley 415/383-3223


Your Community Herb Shop ...Your Key to Vibrant Health

Organic Bulk Herbs • Vitamins and Supplements • Homeopathy • Flower Essences Fine Teas & Spices • Organic Skincare • Essential Oils • Jewelry Botanical Perfumes • Candles • Incense • Meditation Pillows Workshops & Events • Integrative Healthcare Clinic

226 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard in downtown San Anselmo (near Bank Street) 415.524.8693 • 14 Holiday Gift Guide 2011

Accessorize with an Expert Touch

Make your Holiday Rounds at Once Around

Since 1996 Mara Shoes and Fashion has been a fashion oasis for every aspect of a woman’s life. Mara strives to be a woman’s best friend in every role she chooses to play, from sleekly understated to playfully extravagant. Mara Shoes and Fashion offers styles that speak to the many facets of female expression and a woman’s individual identity, encouraging her to be in touch with her inner beauty. At Mara’s you will find visually delightful displays of color and texture, trend-setting statements and inspiration that encourage any woman to go all out and aim for the stars! “Mara is all about you.” What you want and believe in! Private consultation is available with Roya Tabrizi’s personal touch. She and her wonderful staff are ready to share beautiful and unique pieces to accentuate any look.

Once Around, of Mill Valley, situated on the renowned and beautiful Miller Avenue, is your destination for the holiday season. Why not use creativity and your own artistic talents to create something for the one or ones you love this season? A Christmas stocking, a scarf or baby boots— all ideas that you can dream up while walking through the immaculately organized aisles at Once Around. Need an idea for that Christmas gift for the next Renoir or Warhol in your family? How about a new watercolor set or, an array of pastels for that prodigy’s next postmodernist portrait? If you simply can’t make up your mind in the abstract hunt for the right gift, why not give the gift that keeps on giving: a gift certificate for an art class taught at Once Around. Come in and join us for all of your craft and artistic needs!

824 Grant Ave., Novato. 415/892-3732

352 Miller Ave., Mill Valley 415/389-1667

Shoes & Leather Fashion

Exquisite European Shoes, Handbags, Jewelry and Accessories Boutique 824 Grant Ave., Novato 415.892.3732 Holiday Gift Guide 2011 15


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Holiday Gift Guide  

A guide to shopping for gifts in Marin County

Holiday Gift Guide  

A guide to shopping for gifts in Marin County