Strolling around the Arcata Plaza, it’s easy to see how Humboldt is home to more artists per capita than anywhere in the Golden State. Several independently owned boutiques proudly showcase locally made ceramics, glassworks, clothing, and jewelry. It’s not about chain stores or shopping malls here! Just across town, Holly Yashi has put Arcata on the map for their beloved jewelry designs since 1981. Be sure to check out new businesses  in the vibrant Creamery District where you can shop for ocean inspired fashion and vintage threads, before enjoying a cold one at the local cider bar.


Caravan of Dreams – Locally made gifts for everyone and family owned since 2000

Heart Bead – Beautiful beads and jewelry, earrings, necklaces and piercing jewelry, all hand made, all gorgeous


Adventure’s Edge – Humboldt County’s most knowledgeable supplier of backpacking, kayaking, bicycling, and outdoor gear

AMPT Skate Shop – skateboard shop located near the plaza, offering a wide variety of hard and soft goods (707) 822-9500

Jogg’n Shoppe – family owned sporting goods shop (707) 822-3136

Moon Cycles – affordable, down-to-Earth female owned-and-operated neighborhood bicycle and roller skate shop with a passion for community, collaboration, and fun

Neighborhood Board Shop

Pacific Outfitters – all the latest outdoor equipment & apparel.

Revolution Bikes – Bike sales, rentals, and repairs for all makes and models, providing unmatched expertise



Northtown Books – Arcata’s community bookstore since 1965

Tin Can Mailman – used book store


Arcata Tuxedo – offers a wide variety of men’s attire from formal tuxedos to suits for any and all occasions, with the right style to fit any budget

Fatbol Clothing – hip-hop style clothing and apparel

Humboldt Clothing Company

Plaza Shoe Shop – footwear store

Sacred Empire – specializing in handmade clothing that’s made right there in their little shop, as well as the work of other indie designers

Hot Knots – women’s clothing – Prairie Underground, Free People, Miss Me, Betsey Johnson legwear, Seven For All Mankind, Paige Premium Denim, LAMade, AG Jeans, Silver jeans and belts, Johnny Was/JWLA, Splendid, Hudson Jeans, Tulle, Language (707) 822-2511

Belle Starr


Country Living Florist – serving the community for the past 29 years

All Under Heaven – import store/gift shop, family owned & operated for 24 years (707) 825-7760

Arcata Florist – offers fresh flower delivery in Arcata, save money by sending flowers directly with a local florist

Barne’s Arcata Family Drug – drugstore (707) 822-2496

Garden Gate – interior and exterior; gifts for yourself, your home and your garden

Holly Yashi

Moonrise Herbs – distinctive tools and resources that promote holistic self care, personal healing, and spiritual growth through all phases of life

Pacific Paradise – giftshop – frisbees, t-shirts, smoking gear and more (707) 822-7143

Zen – giftshop (707) 630-5007


Arcata Pet Supplies – Arcata pet is the place for all your pet’s needs, locally owned and operated since 1972

Humboldt Pet Supply – healthy & environmentally responsible pet products


Angels of Hope Thrift Store – Arcata’s largest thrift store, all proceeds benefit Humboldt County’s at risk youth

The Hospice of Humboldt Thrift Shop – an easy way to support Hospice of Humboldt is by shopping at the Hospice Shop in Arcata and donating your gently used items to the shop

Bang! Bang! Vintage – vintage/consignment

Willow & Rags – women’s/men’s clothing store

Companion Animal Foundation – two quality thrift stores where the proceeds support adoptable animals, spay neuter assistance, youth summer programs, and many other quality programs that promote animal awareness and decrease animal euthanasia at local shelters


People’s Records – old school record store offering vinyl records, CDs, cassettes, posters, books & post cards

Wildwood Music – full-service musical instrument shop in Arcata, California, Humboldt County’s only authorized dealer for Martin, Taylor, and National Reso-Phonic guitars, buy/sell/trade