5 Great Shops in Pleasanton for Holiday Gift Shopping

It’s hard to decide what the best part of shopping during the holidays is, the joy of tracking down the perfect gift for someone or getting a chance to say hi to all the wonderful business owners in Pleasanton. It’s such a great community!

Whichever it is - a little bit of both, really - the good news is that there are a LOT of great places to get a gift here.

Here, we’re going to suggest five great spots to get unique gifts this holiday season. We welcome your recommendations, so if you know of others, tell us in the Facebook comments!

Clover Creek Gifts

This is a staple of Pleasanton for good reason. With a huge assortment of gifts you won’t find anywhere else and employees who are quick to help you find the perfect gift, Clover Creek is an ideal stop for anyone shopping for a gift that will stand out from the crowd.

This shop specializes in home décor items, making it a good choice when shopping a family member who needs some wall or shelf space filled with something nice. If that fits the bill, Clover Creek should be a stop on your list.

The Gourmet Works

You can never go wrong with candy and tasty treats, especially around the holidays. The Gourmet Works has all the variety of sweets and chocolates you’d expect, plus a huge array of jams, jellies, teas, and lots of other tasty goodies.

They have traditional chocolate assortments for the holidays, plus lots of offbeat and interest gourmet food items you will love giving as a gift!

Berry Patch

For close to 25 years, Berry Patch has been one of Pleasanton’s best places to buy items made by talented local artisans. The large selection of gifts (including toys, crafts, and other hand-made items) is constantly being rotated, making each time you stop in a new adventure in gift buying.

The Pleasanton Weekly has called Berry Patch the best place to buy a gift five times since 2009, so they must be doing something right!

Amy’s Hallmark Shop

It’s not gift-giving season without cards, right? Amy’s Hallmark Shop provides exactly what you expect, with a huge assortment of cards for every occasion plus an array of simple, easy gifts all in one spot. When you’re in a pinch and can’t decide what to get someone, shops like this make it easy.

Rick’s Picks

Loaded with affordable closeout merchandise from a wide array of brand names, you can never really predict what Rick’s Picks will have in stock – and that’s makes gift shopping fun!

Furniture. Clothing. Home entertainment. Decorative items. Purses. Kitchen goods. Glassware. Rick’s has a varied selection that is always changing, making this an excellent place to come across that gift idea you hadn’t previously considered.

We love shopping in this town, in no small part because the people and businesses here are amazing, so we know this list on just scratches the surface.

Know of a great local gift shop with interesting gifts? Let us know about it in the comments!

5 Amazing Places to Volunteer near Pleasanton

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We’re honored to serve the community as Pleasanton dentists, but we’re even more honored to share a community with some truly amazing charitable organizations.

If you’d like to give back, we urge you to consider volunteering with some of the groups listed below.

Tri Valley Animal Rescue

Serving the Tri-Valley area since 1992, this rescue works with local shelters and rescue groups to help avoid the unnecessary euthanasia of homeless animals. They help animals socialize, find them foster homes, and give them a second chance at life.

They also provide medical care when needed and help educate the public about spaying and neutering. Most importantly, their adoption program matches homeless animals with new owners.

East Bay SPCA

The SPCA is one of the most well known and respected organizations in America devoted to helping animals in need, and the East Bay SPCA is one of the longest running. They began as the Oakland SPCA all the way back in 1874!

Their mission is to look out for the welfare of dogs and cats in our area, including eliminating animal abuse and helping educate people on ways to eliminate animal overpopulation. As dentists in Pleasanton, CA and as animal lovers, we wholeheartedly endorse their efforts.

Pleasanton Library

Did you know that your local library can use volunteers, too? You can help them provide their vital services – and in today’s day and age, the library’s services extend far beyond just books.

They are a valuable resource for those seeking jobs, they offer movies, music and other media, and provide a free conduit to the world’s information, including the World Wide Web.

They are looking for volunteers to help with being reading coaches, to read to children, to support their book sales, and more.

Open Heart Kitchen

Preparing meals for the hungry in the Tri-Valley area is no small task, but since 1995 that’s exactly what the Open Heart Kitchen has been doing. Every single weekday they are at multiple locations in Pleasanton, Livermore and Dublin helping to serve those in need.

No judgment, just help to those who need a little boost. They serve nearly 300,000 meals annually, and they do much of it with the help of volunteers like you.

Tri Valley Haven

They’ve been around for four decades, and during that time the Tri Valley Haven has been an essential resource for those who have been victims of domestic violence, abuse, sexual abuse, and homelessness.

Their mission is to provide a safe place for those people, allowing them to rebuild their lives and get off to a fresh start. They began as a mere crisis line in 1977, and now offer a full range of help, from legal services to a food pantry and much more. Volunteers like you are an essential part of their mission, too.

5 Haunted Spots near Pleasanton to Visit This October

Take a walk around Pleasanton today and you’d never guess that it was once called “The Most Desperate Town in the West,” but it was.

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Some even say that much of Pleasanton is haunted. We’ve picked out some of the more interesting sights to see on a tour of haunted Pleasanton. 

Blue Agave Restaurant
625 Main Street

You might know them for their yummy food, but the Blue Agave is also known for being haunted, too! It’s one of the oldest buildings in town, and many years ago was owned by the Arendt family.

Mr. Arendt allegedly still haunts the place, with other apparitions, including one of a young girl, also taking up residence there. 

The Rose Hotel
807 Main Street

This gorgeous Main Street hotel has allegedly had ghosts mess with their lights, move around furniture, and other odd happenings. One worker even claims to have see a man walk down the basement stairs and then through a wall. Pretty weird!

Kottinger Barn
200 Ray Street

Once used as a jail with a secret underground tunnel connecting it to the local justice’s house so prisoners could be transported in secret, the Kottinger Barn is now a gift shop – a shop allegedly haunted by somewhere near 20 ghosts.

The ghosts are supposedly of old criminals and bandits, so they’re probably not the kind of spirits you want to mess with!

Dental Offices
219 Division Street

If you have to have ghosts, they might as well be helpful ghosts.

Built circa the 1880s, the ghosts here supposedly help deliver helpful things around the office and warn the doctors there of danger, including once helping a doctor spot a potentially dangerous fire before it got out of control.

Town Center Books
555 Main Street

We can’t think of a better place to be haunted than a bookstore. So many great opportunities for ghostly shenanigans!

Here, there are said to be floating lights, odd cloudy substances fogging up windows, books getting moved around, and more. Maybe the ghosts are just looking for something interesting to read!

11 Interesting Facts About Our Beloved Pleasanton

We’re not telling you anything you don’t know when we say Pleasanton is a fantastic place to live and work. We love serving our patients here. The town and its people are amazing in every way.

But here are 11 things you might now know about our gem of a community:

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  • This one is no secret: Pleasanton is widely considered one of the best places to live, ranked #4 in the country by USA Today in 2014, #63 by Money in 2010, and in 2009 by Forbes.
  • Pleasanton is also financially comfortable. In 2013, NerdWallet named it the third richest city in the U.S.
  • Before there was Pleasanton, it was Alisal, located where Rancho Santa Rita is now.
  • The early town of Alisal was once called “The Most Desperate Town in the West.”
  • Despite what you may have heard, the town didn’t get its current name because it’s a nice place to live. It was actually named after Major General Alfred Pleasonton, a friend of Alameda County justice of the peace John W. Kottinger.
  • But wait, you say, Alfred Pleasonton’s name is spelled differently. That’s right! Thanks to a typo by the U.S. Postal service, Pleasanton has the spelling you know today.
  • The highest recorded temperature in Pleasanton was a whopping 115 degrees. Wow!
  • Pleasanton has been home to a great number of famous and influential people. Among them is Phoebe Hearst, mother of famed mogul William Randolph Hearst, who was spoofed in Orson Welles’ legendary film Citizen Kane.
  • None other than John Madden, perhaps the best known football commentator in history, has also called Pleasanton home.
  • Scott Adams, creator of the comic strip Dilbert is also from Pleasanton.
  • Many huge corporations call Pleasanton home, including Workday, Ellie Mae, Roche Molecular Diagnostics, Blackhawk Network Holdings, and Veeva Systems.

As you can see, Pleasanton is an endlessly fascinating place with lots of fun trivia attached to it.

We have a great community, and that’s thanks to the great people who live here. We’ve been serving the community for years, and hope to do so for many more years to come. We love Pleasanton!