Patchwork Show City Tour: Santa Rosa

In two weeks we’ll be setting up for our only  Patchwork Show of 2020. While we are so sad we didn’t get to visit all our favorite cities this year due to Covid-19, we are thrilled to be in the arms of Santa Rosa.  All  of our host cities are special places, but our girl Rosa is one of those places that the locals may grumble about in private but don’t you dare complain about her if you don’t also love her deeply. The community has been through a lot the last few years with devastating fires, evacuations and floods so our community pride is strong when we talk about all the wonderful things there are to do in Santa Rosa. You can check out some of our favorite local spots curated by Sonoma County Local Michelle Feileacan. We love supporting our fellow local independent businesses! Be sure to tell them you’re in town for Patchwork Show

cast away yarn shop
100 4th street

Cast Away is a long time Santa Rosa favorite for its beautiful yarns in an historic building in Old Railroad Square. Owner Justine is passionate about knitting and creating a place of beauty in her shop. In non-covid times she offers classes and workshops for knitting, weavng, felting and other fiber crafts.. Even if you’re not a fiber enthusiast it’s worth a visit to experience this colorful and fun store.

village art supply

Village Art Supply is an incredibly well stocked art and craft supply store located in Montgomery Village. Tools for professional artists, kids, crafters and everything in between. They offer framing and printing services, too! They also have the coolest floor in Sonoma County.


Right around the corner from Village Art Supply, is one of Copperfield’s Books locations. Copperfield’s has been a Sonoma County staple for nearly 30 years! They have a fantastic kids’ section and have played host to many incredible author events over the y

papillion floral and gifts
320 s a street

Papillion specializes  in creating arrangements that make a lasting impression. Their designs are romantic & natural yet sophisticated, reflecting the unique beauty of Northern California. They source all items as sustainably as possible – during flower season, we use only local farms, local growers and seasonal flowers. They also carry sweet gifts, houseplants and pots!

fiber circle studio
8099 la plaza ste h, cotati

While not in Santa Rosa, Cotati is just a skip down the highway. Fiber Circle Studio is a membership and hourly based fiber studio. Not only can you rent loom space, spinning wheels, dying area, fiber processing tools, you can purchase some of Alicia’s gorgeous hand dyed yarns and take one of the many varied fiber based workshops and classes. 

529 4th street

Featuring items from over 800 local artists, makers, producers and manufacturers, Made Local Marketplace carries art, gifts, jewelry and more from hundreds of North Bay creators. I have never left the store without finding something totally unique. It’s one of my go-to spots to send visitors to get a taste of local creativity.


Brand new to A St. (like this week!), Heritage Alchemy aims to help people reduce their impact on the planet in small (and beautiful) ways. Refill stations for cleaning products, durable and well crafted housewares and a sweet selection of gifts. Hailing from an event planning background this shop is a passion project pivot and I am sure this is going to be a very welcomed addition to the neighborhood.

5 4th street, petaluma

If you love being known as a great gift-giver and if you dream of a having your home be an oasis of peace and beauty, Flourish is the place for you. Visit their shop, which many locals call their favorite store in Petaluma, for lush houseplants, vibrant succulents, lovely gifts, and friendly folks.


Jeremiah’s, as it is known,  is a tiny shop packed with not only film and photographic supplies, but the knowledge of the shop’s proprietor and namesake. He can find almost any thing you’re looking for, troubleshoot your photographic problems and maybe host an impromptu dance party if the mood is right. He’s also got a selection of gifts and you can peep some of his incredible TinType portraits that he takes from the adjoining studio.

miracle plum and takeout window

Miracle Plum has been one of our favorites here for their carefully curated selection of wines, local foods, housewares and unique pantry items. They host art shows and cooking classes (and will again after covid!). Recently they added a takeout window just down the road at 608 Wilson. There you can pick up their rotating offering for a picnic or lunch! the takeout window is open Tue-Fri 11-2.

808 donahue street

My absolute favorite place to indulge in the most delicious baked goods in Criminal Bakery and Noshery. Sweet and savory pastries alike, with wonderful coffee and teas along side. They also have a great selection of heartier lunch and brunch items like their frittatas and the warrior bowl!

radical family farms
808 donahue street

Located just west of Santa Rosa in the town of Sebastopol, Radical Family Farms is carving out a beautiful and delicious niche in the world of farming. This queer, woman of color owned, regenerative no-spray, no-till  1.5 acre farm provides asian heritage vegetables, herbs, flowers and a small selection of euro-centric market style vegetables to their CSA program and to local chefs. 

henhouse brewing
322 bellvue avenue

Santa Rosa is home to too many breweries to count, but Henhouse is consistently a favorite. They offer a wide selection of brews that you will be stoked to try. Their unassuming tasting room location plays host to a rotating roster of food trucks to fill your belly while enjoying your brew. 

nimble & finn's
123 fourth street

Our favorite ice cream makers Nimble & Finn’s just opened a new location in Railroad Square which we can’t be happier about. They use organic dairy from Straus Creamery, seasonal produce, and housemade jams, cakes, and candy in their inspired takes on classic flavors.

brew coffee & beer
555 healdsburg avenue

Since Brew opened in 2015 it has quickly become a center of the community. Hosting open mic nights, drawing nights and the yummiest beers, ciders and cafe drinks, amidst comfy sofas and outdoor seating, it’s got that laid back 90’s coffee shop vibe.

cafe frida gallery
300 south a street, #4

New to South A st. is Cafe Frida. Tucked behind the Gallery at 300 A st, lies a broad patio and warmly inviting cafe. Mario (a local artist) and Mamadou, who has worked at a number of Stark’s spots, have created a lovely menu of unique cafe foods and really inventive cafe drinks. Try the Tamarind fizz, it’s incredible!

spinster sisters
401 south a street

Also in the A st. neighborhood is Spinster Sisters focuses on “Sonoma County Cuisine”. My favorite menu items are the wilted kale salad (tip: add a poached egg for breakfast, or chicken for lunch!) and trout dip which is served with the saltiest, butteriest bagel chips yum yum yum! But almost anything you choose is going to be fresh, delicious, and top quality. They also just opened a beautiful patio so you can eat outside!

grossman's noshery
308 1/2 wilson street

Open now in the restaurant space under Hotel La Rose, is the new Grossman’s Noshery from the Stark family. Bagels, Babka and Hamentaschen are just the tip of the noshery iceberg. Sandwiches, salads and latkes are on the menu along with whitefish salad and matzoh ball soup!

sandman motel
3421 cleveland avenue

With the convenience of a roadside inn but the character of a boutique hotel, The Sandman was redone in a thoroughly modern fashion with local art, thoughtful amenities and a clean and inviting space.

All photos courtesy of the businesses or Michelle Feileacan Photography.

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