Lake Tahoe Shopping

Bluestone Jewelry

495 North Lake Boulevard, Tahoe City, CA
(530) 581-4298

Bluestone Jewelry is an offering of art in three different modalities: jewelry, photography and unique glass works. Situated across the street from Lake Tahoe in the heart of Tahoe City as well as in historical downtown Truckee, the artistry offered at both Bluestones is in appreciation of the immense beauty of the area. Many of the pieces throughout the stores reflect the stunning allure of the area. In addition to glass art, fine photography and new jewelry, Bluestone is also highly experienced at refurbishing antique jewelry sets.

Bluestone Jewelry & Wine

10046 Donner Pass Road #3, Truckee, CA
(530) 582-0429

Some things just go perfectly together: wine and roses, wine and cheese, wining and dining. Well, a Truckee business has discovered another ideal pairing — wine and jewelry. It would be easy to pass by Bluestone Jewelry in downtown Truckee if one wasn’t in the market for a ring or bracelet. But don’t let that stop you from popping into the jewelry store for the wine. In the back of the store you’ll find a wine bar and an impressive selection of wine with a particularly stellar array of wine from the nearby Sierra foothill region known for its hearty zinfandels. If you like wine, jewelry and dogs, Bluestone Jewelry & Wine is absolutely your kind of place. Be sure to say hello to Shadow, the shop’s “guard” dog.

 

Breathe

930 Tahoe Boulevard #201, Incline Village, NV
(775) 831-2800

Breathe promotes a conscious living style with their selection of women’s attire, home decor and gifts. You’ll find casual clothing, swim wear, yoga apparel and active wear from Lucy, Beyond Yoga, Free People and Jaia as well as footwear from Haviana, TOMS and Ugg Boots. For accessories you’ll find a great selection of locally made jewelry, sunglasses, scarves and Big Truck hats. Breathe is also host to interesting home accessories, food and gift books, candles and a whole section of books and other items for babies and toddlers. Stop on in at Breathe to get something special for yourself, a gift for a friend or just to pause and breathe for a moment.

Cabona's

10100 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, CA
(530) 587-3161

Back nearly 100 years ago Cabona’s was where Truckee’s rough-hewn residents shopped for general merchandise geared toward mountain living. As the decades have passed the needs of residents and visitors have changed and so have Cabona’s offerings. The area’s oldest retail store now offers sportswear for women and men inspired by and designed for the great outdoors. Colors, fabrics and styles of the apparel carried by Cabona’s take their cues from the seasons and the surrounding mountains. Look for brands like Woolrich, Pendleton, Kavu, Levi’s, Fig and Conrad C among many others. Along with handbags, accessories for women include fragrances, jewelry, sunglasses and hats. Men will find hats, socks, belts and more.

California 89 Apparel & Lifestyle Goods

10156 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, CA
(530) 214-8989

Any visit to the Truckee-Tahoe area will undoubtedly find one driving on California Highway 89. The store, California 89, has taken the iconic, black-and-white California Highway 89 marker and placed it on a variety of clothing items and gifts. Men, women and children will find shirts and hoodies emblazoned with CA89 and other Tahoe mountain-oriented designs. The store also offers California 89-branded cycling jerseys, perfect for wearing while road riding between Truckee and Tahoe City on, you guessed it, California Highway 89. The entire highway runs nearly 250 miles through some of the Golden State’s most scenic landscapes. California Highway 89 stretches from just south of Lake Tahoe and along the west shore of Big Blue, past Squaw Valley (home of the 1960 Olympics), through Truckee and on through the Sierra Nevada to the base of Mount Shasta. Back at the store in downtown Truckee, look for summer events like movie night in their grassy yard. And it’s hard to miss the California 89 van at events.

Epiphany Fine Jewelry and Design

209 Kingsbury Grade #2B, Stateline, NV
(775) 588-4367

Tucked up away in an unlikely spot near the base of Kingsbury Grade is Epiphany Fine Jewelry and Design. Owned and operated by a longtime professional, this is a shop where locals go to shop and to have their own jewelry serviced. The staff has undergone extensive education in the industry, and the atmosphere of the store is warm, friendly and inviting. As a local neighborhood shop, not only are the prices competitive, but they also provide jewelry care and cleaning as a free service to their customers. And with an inventory that is personally selected, they can either find exactly what you are looking for or help you design your own piece.

Forever Rox

930 Tahoe Boulevard #203, Incline Village, NV
(775) 831-4544

Since 1984 Forever Rox has been a great source of gems and jewelry in Incline Village, providing advice, repairs and creating custom designs that can turn your vision into a reality. You’ll find only natural gems from the earth – yellow, pink, blue or the whitest of diamonds  as well as rare sapphires, rubies, opals and emeralds from around the world in all cuts, shapes and sizes. Their friendly staff of Gemological Institute-trained experts can help to educate and guide you to the perfect selection. Using the latest technology their skilled master craftsmen will design and create custom pieces to suit your needs and can repair, restore or recreate most jewelry on site. Forever Rox is open Tuesday through Saturday. If you’re in the market for some one-of-a-kind jewelry, something vintage or a dazzling gemstone, Forever Rox, with more than 1,000 pieces in stock, is sure to have some sparkle to please your eye.

Gallery Keoki

The Village at Squaw Valley
1850 South Village Road, Suite 42, Olympic Valley, CA
(530) 414-8500

Gallery Keoki gives you an opportunity to purchase impressive, stunning photography from a longtime local, Keoki Flagg. Keoki has traveled around the world taking amazing shots, specifically of the local ski heroes of Squaw Valley. His gallery represents his travels as well as those of mountain men and women making a name for themselves upon skis or snowboard. His shots have an adept way of showcasing the magnitude of the activity and the emotions of the subject. The Gallery is available for hire for special events, parties and get-togethers, complete with a full bar and catered food.

Incline Spirits & Cigars

120 Country Club Drive #25, Incline Village, NV
(775) 831-9292

Incline Spirits & Cigars has a great assortment of wines, spirits, beers and cigars as well as all the mixers, garnishes and accoutrements to go with them. With a focus on sours, hoppy domestics and unique one-time releases, they’ve got an international selection of craft beers that rotates seasonally. Their climate-controlled wine room houses more than 250 different wines with an emphasis on small producers and local, sierra foothill wineries. The liquor selection ranges from the ordinary to the sublime with specialty selections of vodka, gin, rum, tequila and a large variety of whiskeys. From craft distilleries around the world, they carry hard-to-find absinthes, mezcals and rare liqueurs. Their humidor houses more than 30 hand-rolled, Cigar Aficionado-rated cigars from throughout Latin America. But Incline Spirits is more than just a liquor store. In the back there’s a tasting bar where you can sample different products or get an unusual draft beer. They also host monthly art shows, events and tastings. Select a bottle of vino or a cold pint and grab a seat inside or out. Sit back, quaff a few and watch the world go by.

Lake Tahoe Holidays

4000 Lake Tahoe Boulevard, 15A, South Lake Tahoe, CA
(530) 544-8684

Retail stores often limit one’s holiday-themed purchases to a few weeks preceding any given holiday. But not Lake Tahoe Holidays, because this little shop carries gifts and decorations for all sorts of holidays all year long. Not so very long ago, it was located in the island of the Village Center but has now moved to another unit along the west wing of the same complex. They carry gifts and souvenirs to match any time of year and any special event.

Mountain Hardware & Sports

11320 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, CA
(530) 587-4844

Truckee’s Mountain Hardware & Sports is a small-town hardware store — and a whole lot more. As a full-service Ace Hardware Store, there is a wide selection of lumber, tools, plumbing, lighting, garden and automotive supplies as well as a full-service paint shop. But even if you’re not undertaking a DIY project, you’ll want to check out the eclectic personality of the nearly 40-year-old Truckee standby. Wander the 17,000-square-foot store for camping/hunting/sports equipment, unique home décor and kitchen items as well as toys for young and old. Mountain Hardware & Sports also stocks a wide selection of fashionable-yet-functional apparel and footwear for any type of mountain outing. And don’t fret if you suffer from fishing fever. Mountain Hardware & Sports is the place in town for fishing equipment and advice on where to hook the elusive big one. The store is employee-owned, so there is always a helpful person around to answer questions.

 

Mountain Home Center

11403 Brockway Road, Truckee, CA
(530) 587-6681
10115 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, CA
(530) 550-8800

If it has to do with summer or winter living and doing it with both form and function, Mountain Home Center knows a thing or two. With more than 30 years of doing business in Truckee, Mountain Home Center makes it easy to enjoy summer living with a wide selection of outdoor furniture, grills, smokers and pizza cookers. You’ll also find a stylish selection of dinnerware, table settings and a variety of other accessories. Mountain Home Center has a large selection of umbrellas, hammocks, outdoor rugs, cushions and pillows to keep things cool and comfortable. Need a gift for a birder? They have a selection of bird feeders, bird baths and bird houses as well as other garden art like wind chimes. If it’s winter, Truckee Home Center can help you stay cozy both inside and out with a huge selection of gas fire pits and tables as well as traditional woodstoves and contemporary gas fireplaces and inserts. And what would après-ski be without a hot tub? No worries. With two locations in Truckee, Mountain Home Center has you covered.

Panache

930 Tahoe Boulevard #204, Incline Village, NV
(775) 831-5000

Panache is a sweet little boutique carrying women’s fashions, home decor and gifts with a Tahoe flair. Women’s apparel comes in the latest styles from the hottest designers – Hudson Jeans, Frye Boots, Tribal and TOMS shoes. Accessories include sunglasses, handbags, hats and jewelry, much of it locally made. For the home you’ll find accent furniture, artwork, lamps, vases, candles and candle holders, wind chimes, mirrors and clocks to name a few from their broad selection. Tableware includes serving plates and bowls, decanters, flatware, napkins and dishes. Panache is also a great spot to pick up greeting cards and gifts, for kids or adults, with a great selection of coffee table and gift books, stuffed animals and children’s footwear. Gift registry and shipping are available. Panache is light and airy, open daily in the Raley’s Center for whenever you need to add a little panache to your life.

Riverside Studios

10076 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, CA
(530) 587-3789

A good measure of a community’s heart and soul is its artists. A good place to find Truckee’s art and soul is Riverside Studios in historic downtown. Riverside Studios was born more than a decade ago in a small studio next to the Truckee River. It then grew into an artists’ co-op in a larger space, and now the Riverside Studios gallery can be found in the heart of Truckee. Riverside Studios is owned by five local artists specializing in handcrafted ceramics, metal work, leatherwork and jewelry. But the creativity doesn’t end there, as the gallery also features work from more than two dozen artists from around Truckee-Tahoe and the surrounding Sierra. Keep an eye open for in-gallery events that support the local art scene.

Sidestreet Boutique

4000 Lake Tahoe Boulevard #19, South Lake Tahoe, CA
(530) 544-3315

Sidestreet Boutique is the king of the hill when it comes to South Tahoe shops. With something for everyone, from women to men and even babies and children, Sidestreet has a huge selection of clothing and accessories. The inventory includes clothing, shoes, handbags and jewelry from top names but also goes beyond the norm with furs in coats, gloves, scarves, vests and more. Family owned since 1972, this boutique consistently garners local Best Of awards and even has a little café right inside the shop. If you are in town for a wedding or other special event, they also handle Jim's Formal Wear tuxedo rentals. 

Tahoe Central Market

8487 North Lake Boulevard, Kings Beach, CA
(530) 546-8344

The Central Market in Kings Beach isn’t a big place, but it’s packed full of wholesome goodness. Mornings you can stop in for a coffee or tea, bagel, breakfast sandwich or baked goods. At the juice bar they blend up smoothies, tonics, wheatgrass and fresh organic juices. Come lunchtime the deli turns out gourmet sandwiches made with Boar’s Head meats and cheeses on Truckee Sourdough bread. The shelves are stocked with organic dairy products from Sonoma County, a few meat and seafood options, dry goods and organic produce trucked in straight from California’s Central Valley. There’s an exceptional craft beer selection and wines from the Sierra foothills. The Central Market is also host to monthly events such as wine and cheese tastings, juicing demonstrations and book signings. Street parking is limited, but there’s a small lot in back. There are a couple tables inside their sunny front windows and a few out front where you can enjoy your lunch. Or, take your sandwich and carrot juice across the street to the lake and have a picnic on the beach.

Tahoe Mountain Sports

11200 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, CA
(530) 536-5200
(866) 891-9177

From summer to winter, Tahoe Mountain Sports is fully stocked with the latest gear for any adventure into the surrounding Sierra. Planning on hiking, climbing, mountaineering or a trail run? TMS offers backpacking gear ranging from packs, stoves, sleeping bags and tents to water filters, trail food and more. For those moving fast, TMS has performance footwear for walking and running as well as apparel to enhance every activity. Don’t own a bear canister for your backpacking trip into Granite Chief Wilderness? No problem. TMS rents a variety of summer season camping equipment, even wetsuits. If snow is on the mountains, TMS can outfit any backcountry adventure whether it’s on snowshoes or skis. From maps and avalanche safety gear to everything to keep you warm and dry, TMS has it, including full backcountry ski-package rentals. In winter the store also sells permits for area SnoParks. 

Tahoe Sports Hub

10095 W. River Street, Truckee, CA
(530) 582-4510

The Tahoe Sports Hub is full of gear for every adventure sport for every Sierra season. From watersports, the trail and granite in summer to skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing in winter, Tahoe Sports Hub either sells it or rents it. There is an on-site bicycle shop that sells bikes and gear as well as offering bike repair and rentals. Other summer fun can be had with rentals for SUP, kayak/canoe and climbing. Same goes for winter with alpine, backcountry, Nordic ski equipment, snowboard and snowshoe rentals. In addition to rentals and new gear to purchase, Tahoe Sports Hub has a consignment gear area stocked with used winter gear — apparel, skis, snowboards, boots, bindings — and used summer gear — backpacks, footwear and rock climbing gear. Owners and staff are open to sharing not only their knowledge of what they sell but also of the Truckee-Tahoe region. There is also an in-house ski-repair and tuning shop. 

The Eadington Gallery

589 North Lake Boulevard, Tahoe City, CA
(530) 583-9000

Lake Tahoe is considered to be one of the most beautiful places on the planet. So it is only fitting that there are professional photographers that take advantage of the gorgeous scenery to showcase their talented eye. This is the case with Eadington Gallery. Created by Michael Eadington, a Sierra Nevada native, he showcases the fine art aspect of the local natural landscape in his gallery. Eadington also features other local photographers as well as offering services in digital imaging, framing and art consultation.

Village Market

770 Mays Boulevard, Incline Village, NV
(775) 831-5025
Meat Dept.
(775) 831-6243

The family-owned Village Market is a slightly smaller alternative to super-sized chain supermarkets. You’ll find a select variety of high-quality grocery items to fill all your shopping needs. The produce is always fresh with a great selection of organic fruits and vegetables. The Village Market features an expansive collection of eclectic wines from around the world as well as some unique spirits. Be sure to check out their signature line of private label sauces, dressings and marinades in a wide range of flavors. Village Meats, located within the market (see separate write-up), is a gourmet butcher shop with a full range of beef, poultry, seafood, wild game and prepared dishes. In the summer and fall the Village Market hosts a weekly farmers market in the Village Center parking lot. Thursday afternoons in the fall through spring they hold wine tastings featuring different wineries each week. If you’re looking to avoid the crowds and get through that shopping list, stop in at the Village Market located in the Village Center. There’s rarely a long line.