Claudia Sternbach: I shopped 'til I dropped on Pacific

Every place I went the shopkeepers were kind. Helpful. Without any hovering or heavy-handed sales pitches, each clerk simply made sure I felt welcomed as I browsed. Full Story
innocent bystander

San Francisco, CA

#1 May 16, 2010
I shop until I drop on Pacific too. Unfortunately it is usually from a mortal knife-wound.

Keepin' it werid, the Cowboy Neil for Supervisor way. Now S T F U and buy his books.

Los Gatos, CA

#4 May 16, 2010
We shop in Monterey, Los Gatos,Santa Barbara and Pacific Grove. Carmel also has unique shops with beauitful choices. Why are we local and shop only out of town? Simple, previous trips downtown we have been spit on, had druggies blow dangerous smoke on us, been screamed at by losers,smelled urine on the sidewalks, see bums laying all over and were exposed to horrible ear splitting street music. All for not finding anything worth buying but hippie goods. No thanks, our children and family agree, it is much more safe to shop out of town and makes for a fun experience to get out of gangland SC. The new Dunes center in Marina has security if your the nervous type, and is a shopping mecca for everyday needs. Off Highway 9 in Los Gatos is a safe fun outdoor mall that has met all our needs. Downtown Pacific Grove is safe, fun and has wonderful choices for both shopping and good food. A day in Half Moon Bay also provides safe shopping. Look beyond and you will find a much safer, better shopping enviornment.

Since: May 10

Santa Cruz, CA

#5 May 16, 2010
And, since you are from Aptos, there is a very nice clothing store (not the college-hippe kind) in the shopping center near the Safeway there.
Santa Cruz Resident

Santa Cruz, CA

#7 May 17, 2010
My family and I recently spent a wonderful evening in San Jose at Santana Row. There were people of every race and economic background enjoying the evening. Bands planned on different blocks, people danced, kids blew bubbles. Those who could not afford to eat at the nearby restaurants, sat on benches and enjoyed meals they brought with them. Smokers who bought Cigars at a nearby shop stood out of the way (obviously to not bother people) and smoked their stogies - still able to enjoy the music. There was no protesting, no panhandlers in your face, no drugs, no gangs. Just large amounts of people enjoying the evening. Why can't downtown be like this?

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