Made in Mountain View, because we all want to support our community, and give gifts that reflect the diversity and creativity of this amazing place. Shop local this holiday season!
23andMe I took their DNA test and was so fascinated with everything that I learned about my background, that I got the kit for my husband. We both found out things that were completely unexpected, and it was fun to share that information with our siblings.
Ava’s Downtown Market has lots of local Bay Area, handcrafted items, perfect for creating gift baskets. No-Grain Granola from Keep It Real Food Co. is gluten free and made right here in Mountain View. Liovi Probiotic Drink is made in Palo Alto, but we won’t hold that against them. Ava’s carries greeting cards that are handmade in Mountain View. And Juan introduced me to Red Branch Cider Company (made in Sunnyvale) and their Raspberry Cider, Apple Honey Cider, Black Cherry Cider, and Hard Lemonade.
East West Bookshop has some Shaman spirit dolls that are works of art and made in Mountain View. They are all one-of-a-kind. They also have some hand crocheted wool hats and handmade Malas (prayer beads).
Boutique 4, at 279 Castro Street, has jewelry that is made by one of the owners, Julie. There are bottle cap necklaces and earrings and some hand beaded Christmas earrings, perfect for parties. The earrings with images of Frida Kahlo are always the most popular.
Tied House, the first micro brewery in the South Bay, has Villa Street Pale Ale, named after the street that Tied House sits on. It is a quintessentially hoppy Northern California pale ale, with American hops and Canadian malt. Whether sipping it on a warm Mountain View summer evening or in the middle of our harsh 55-60 degree winters, it is perfect for what ales Silicon Valley.
Global Beads has one-of-a-kind and custom jewelry designs by Don’Kay Designs and refurbished and handcrafted furniture by BullDog Custom Furniture. The handmade jewelry selection is carefully crafted from stones and jewels that the owner, Kathleen, has collected from all over the world. Her husband, Brian, is the furniture specialist. Ask him to show you the vintage oak dresser that he refinished that came from San Quinten Prison. Most of the vintage furniture in the store came from Mountain View estates.
Milk Pail Market has hand rolled croissants that you bake-at-home and they are outrageously popular with our community. They also have handmade ravioli that are excellent. Last year I brought a big pot of the ravioli to a holiday potluck party and everyone wanted to know where I got them.
Art and Frame Studio on Castro can frame anything you could possible image, but did you know that they also have a beautiful collection of paintings and drawings done by Mountain View artists? The owner, DC, is a talented artist and the studio has a nice selection of his art, mostly traditional Chinese and Taiwanese artwork.
Alexander’s Patisserie has the most beautiful selection of macarons, bonbons and truffles that you have ever seen, honestly. The most popular macaron flavors are London Fog and Pistachio. They come in gorgeous little gift boxes and I always try to re-use the box after the cookies are gone. I always feel like I’m giving the classiest gift possible, when I give a box of their macarons.
Ujena Swimwear is all hand made in Mountain View, since 1984. They are family owned and operated. Their factory and showroom is at 1931 Old Middlefield Way. Use the coupon code ILOVEMV for free shipping. If you go into the showroom/store, tell them that you read about them on this website and they'll have a special Gift-With-Purchase for you. They're experts at helping you pick out the most figure-flattering swimsuit you have ever worn!
Both ClockTower Coffee and Dana Street Coffee roast their own beans in Mountain View. Who doesn’t love a bag of freshly roasted coffee beans?
Boosted Boards, the world’s most powerful electric longboards are made in Mountain View. What a great way to commute and avoid car payments and downtown parking permits.
Ginger Lab makes small batch ginger beer. It’s nonalcoholic, but is the perfect start to a fantastic Moscow Mule. You can find Deb Chang, the owner/operator at our farmers market on Sundays.
A few of my favorite places that offer gift cards are Eureka Restaurant and Allure Salon.
And you can purchase membership to Title Boxing Club of Mountain View by visiting the club, or by going to their website or at 650-963-9111. They have have a special for $100. and you get two-weeks of unlimited class, plus cool boxing gloves and hand wraps, all wrapped and ready to give. I love that place and go regularly. Here's a little secret, there's always tons of parking in the back of the club, so drive around back and you won't have any trouble at all.
Please let me know if I’ve missed your favorite #MadeInMountainView item. I love Mountain View.