Best Shops for Fashion, Art and Antiques in Summerland, California

If you've been bitten by the shopping bug, why not plan a trip to the wonderful shops in Summerland? There are antique stores, high-end fashion boutiques, children's shops and nurseries in this sweet, sleepy town by the sea. Less than ten miles south of Santa Barbara, Summerland is where you can find some of the most unique souvenirs and gifts.

Start your day with a visit to Lillie Avenue, one of the main streets through town. It's dotted with shops specializing in treasures from bygone eras. Check out the nearby Summerland Antique Collective, one of the largest stores in the area. Paintings, vases, sculptures, furniture and much more is packed into every corner, waiting to be discovered. Don't be surprised if you find yourself shipping something home.

Frequent boutique shoppers will love the variety of offerings in Summerland as well. Stop by Amelia Jane to find the sweetest assortment of baby and toddler gifts and accessories. Botanik, right next door, sells gorgeous plants and home goods. Or wander down the way to Waxing Poetic to admire beautiful, handcrafted jewelry.

When you're all shopped out, it's an easy walk to lunch and one of the nicest beaches in the area. A visit to Summerland is a must for visitors who are already familiar with downtown Santa Barbara. A true hidden gem!


Menagerie is a great bid store in Summerland, California. It's not only a pet shop - stocked with aisles of supplies and toys - it's also a care and boarding facility. Need somewhere to leave your bird while you go on vacation? Menagerie. Looking for a place to get your feathered friend's wings and toenails clipped? Menagerie. This store also includes a full industrial kitchen, where they make their own fresh food for avian gourmets. Try bringing home some Coconutty Cookies or Parrot Pilaf. Menagerie is home to the Santa Barbara Bird Sanctuary, a non-profit that rehabilitates and rehomes exotic birds.

Recommended for Summerland's Best Shopping because: For a fun, exotic and loud pet stop, this bird pet shop and sanctuary is a real hoot. (Get it?)

Geneva's expert tip: If your bird is in the mood for a tropical vacation, board them here... it's just a stone's throw from the sea.

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The second location for a local favorite (and online cult hit) jewelry brand, Waxing Poetic sells tiny charms, pendants and more that delight both gift givers and receivers. Designer Patti Pagliei Simpson creates initials, insignia, animalia and other thematic pieces that are then crafted by Balinese artisans who are paid a living (or more!) wage. Brass and sterling rings, necklaces and earrings share space with silk scarves and other treats. Find a memorable souvenir at any budget; prices range from $20 and up. Visit their website to learn more. Plenty of free parking, and it's close to the beach, too!

Recommended for Summerland's Best Shopping because: This jewelry shop is like a candy shop for adults (and probably little girls, too).

Geneva's expert tip: Waxing Poetic carries small, meaningful charms that make for great, affordable and significant gifts.

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If you love to do a little (or a lot of) antiquing, this is your dream shopping destination in Summerland. For over 20 years the Summerland Antique Collective has been delighting locals and visitors alike with its varied collection of wares. Twenty plus dealers share space in this sprawling shop. Their assortment of tastes and offerings means there's something for everyone to discover and fall in love with here. Fine furniture, garden pieces, architectural elements, unique gifts and so much more are waiting for you. Arrive prepared to spend a little time, and you'll be sure to take home more than a few treasures.

Recommended for Summerland's Best Shopping because: A combination of antique store and museum (not literally) , this cavernous space should not be missed!

Geneva's expert tip: Because this shop is comprised of independently-stocked booths, you may be able to score a deal or place a special order if you talk to the right person.

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Is it a retail shop or a peaceful haven? The Sacred Space is a little bit of both. Offering tranquil treasures for sale in a green and inviting indoor and outdoor showroom, The Sacred Space is a Summerland shop with a spiritual side. Relax with a cup of tea while you hunt for that special something to bring home with you or give to a friend. Lush plants, a tea room and a lily pond complete the tranquil experience.The owners travel the globe searching for artifacts that reflect their vision of the human journey through time and space. Truly a transforming shop for spiritual travelers of all kinds.

Recommended for Summerland's Best Shopping because: The retail and meditation space is a tranquil haven for the road-weary.

Geneva's expert tip: Bring your camera! There are many picturesque settings dotted around The Sacred Space.

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Just Folk is a unique American folk and outside art gallery located in the small, beautiful beach town of Summerland - just a 10 minute drive from bustling downtown Santa Barbara. Just Folk hosts rotating art shows highlighting naive artists. They sell unique and whimsical pieces as well as aesthetically-interesting utilitarian handicrafts. If you're looking for a truly one-of-kind souvenir or gift, head to Just Folk to see what the team has in store for you. It's perfect for art collectors of all stripes - whether this will be your first piece or your two hundredth! Plenty of free parking and other local shops, restaurants and antique stores nearby.

Recommended for Summerland's Best Shopping because: This gallery of outsider art can be appreciated by experts and novices alike.

Geneva's expert tip: Ask the staff to show you around some of their favorite pieces. You'll be surprised at what you learn!

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Indian Summers is a women's fashion boutique that specializes designers with an emphasis on natural fabrics and timeless cuts. If you're looking for coastal classics that travel stylishly from Santa Barbara to the shores of the East Coast or even the South of France, visit Indian Summers in Summerland. In addition to seasonal clothing, they also carry hats, bags and sunglasses. The rotating selection of brands has been known to include Michael Stars, Sanctuary, Marc Jacobs, Johnny Was and many others. Free street parking right out front with several other shops in walking distance. Open Tuesday through Sunday. Closed on Mondays.

Recommended for Summerland's Best Shopping because: Indian Summers is a great shop to visit if you need to add a little something to your vacation wardrobe.

Geneva's expert tip: Indian Summers is closed on Monday, so remember that when planning your trip to Summerland.

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For designer fashion and accessories with a beachy aesthetic, look no further than Bonita boutique in beautiful Summerland. This independent retailer carries a selection of brands represented by a unique inventory that changes with the seasons. Dresses, hats, shoes and more. It's the perfect place to treat yourself to a new 'Santa Barbara' outfit. Bonita is a fun, friendly shop plays host to designer trunk shows and special events, too. Beachy espadrilles, gauzy dresses, handmade handbags... what will you take home when you visit Bonita? Plenty of free parking right out front, and other interesting shops (and the beach!) are within easy walking distance.

Recommended for Summerland's Best Shopping because: Bonita carries the prettiest clothes, shoes and accessories from an assortment of well-known and independent designers.

Geneva's expert tip: Get on their mailing list to be invited to fun trunk shows.

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If you have a soft spot for elegant outdoor living in general - and succulents in specific - make a bee line for Botanik in the sleepy beach town of Summerland, just south of Santa Barbara. Botanik is home to the prettiest planted succulent arrangements under the sun, as well as a variety of charming outdoor furniture, dish ware and a lovely assortment of books. This is just the place to go if you're searching for a unique hostess gift or something pretty to spruce up your own outdoor living space. Free parking out front with many other great shops in easy strolling distance.

Recommended for Summerland's Best Shopping because: Beautiful plants, gorgeous glassware, elegant candles and charming books... what's not to love?

Geneva's expert tip: The best spot in all of Santa Barbara for chic hostess gifts that will suit any taste.

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If you're in need of some warm-weather clothing, head to the Bikini Factory in Summerland. This sweet little shop by the sea sells much more than their name implies, including sundresses, sandals, hats and beach coverups. The Bikini Factory specializes in swimwear for all shapes and sizes. If they don't have a suit that fits just the way you want, they can alter or even custom-make a bikini or one piece to fit your measurements and specifications. A local staple for over 40 years, the Bikini Factory carries many top designers from all over the world. Free parking right out front.

Recommended for Summerland's Best Shopping because: This store has a great selection of designer bikinis, one-pieces and beach coverups in a variety of sizes.

Geneva's expert tip: The Bikini Factory can alter and even custom make suits tailored to your figure - a great option for those who don't need same-day swimwear.

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Baby needs, toddler wants. Amelia Jane carries the stuff of both children's and parents' dreams, from fun toys to snuggly linens and charmingly un-stuffy nursery decor. There are mobiles galore, stuffed animals, learning games, party favors and clothes and accessories, too. Located on lovely Lillie Avenue in Summerland, Amelia Jane is the perfect shop to stop when you are looking for a unique baby shower gift or something for your own little one. Baby registries are available, and you can also place orders over the phone or online. Located directly next door to Botanik, a charming nursery, gift and home goods shop.

Recommended for Summerland's Best Shopping because: Amelia Jane offers a great assortment of toys and baby gifts.

Geneva's expert tip: If you plan on bringing a child with you, you should also plan to make a purchase. Walking out empty-handed is next to impossible!

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Geneva Ives moved to Santa Barbara in 2000 on a whim (ok, and to go to college) and never looked back. She loves Santa Barbara because it’s really one of America’s greatest small towns - it...  More About Geneva