Visitors from near and far can find lots of reasons to come to downtown Davis, and shopping for women’s clothing is just one. Davis doesn’t have a big shopping mall – one reason why this vibrant downtown thrives – but, more importantly, the stores here are terrific.
Within a scant handful of blocks, you’ll enjoy several women’s clothing boutiques offering designer names, competitive prices, and a level of personal service you’ll find to be top notch. Take a leisurely shopping trip downtown and you’re sure to find your fashion.
The Wardrobe ~ One of Davis’ most established retailers, The Wardrobe opened in 1978. It sells artful, colorful fashions described as “West Coast style meets European chic.” Heather Caswell, owner since 1988, has been a style coach for some of the area’s best-dressed women. Her store features dozens of designer brands like Joseph Ribkoff and Tianello, and a brilliant collection of jewelry and scarves. There’s casual wear from Cut Loose, and gowns for special occasions and weddings from names like Sue Wong. Sizes range from 0-18. 206 E Street; 530-756-1128. Hours: Sundays-Mondays, 12-5; Tuesdays-Fridays, 11-7; Saturdays, 11-6.
Riki Design ~ Owner and clothing designer Ursula Labermeier grew up in Northern Europe, and opened the Davis store in 1987. Her designs have sold worldwide. The specialty boutique focuses on modern, urban designs and accessories from France, Italy and Spain. Labermeier’s philosophy is “to create a European look and a feel that would be stylish yet comfortable, youthful but not too trendy, chic yet affordable.” 200 E Street; 530-756-8048. Hours: Mondays-Saturdays, 11-7; Sundays, 12-5.
Shu Shu’s Clothing and Accessories ~ Owner Shokoufeh Hanjani opened her exclusive boutique in 2014. Her store offers designer women’s apparel and accessories, in flowing and luxurious fabrics. Brands include Porto, Stella Carakasi and SW3. You’ll find stylish accoutrements like scarves, jewelry, shoes and bags. 227 E Street, Suite 3; 248-635-6751. Hours: Tuesdays-Saturdays, 11-5:30.
Pinkadot ~ Since 2004, sisters Shelli Ramos and Lisa Haddad have provided “a fun and friendly place for women to shop for fabulous clothing and accessories from the latest and greatest brands available.” Known for its trendy clothing, lines include Michael Stars, Velvet by Graham & Spencer, and Sanctuary. Sizes range from 0-12. It’s a great place to find designer denim from brands like Citizens of Humanity and Mother. There’s plenty of unique jewelry, lacy undies and handbags. 238 E Street; 530-753-2247. Hours: Mondays-Fridays, 11-7; Saturdays, 11-6; Sundays, 12-5.
Paulina’s Boutique ~ Owner Paulina Jacobs-Sanders opened Paulina’s in 2012, offering California casual wear from brands like Nation as well as styles for special occasions, from designers like Gypsy 05. Year-round, there’s a large selection of swimwear, in sizes 0-16. Along with separates and accessories, its denim brands include Paige and AG. 207 F Street., Suite A; 530-400-6764. Hours: Mondays-Saturdays, 10:30-5:30.
Preeti Girl ~ Owner Preeti Sodhi opened offers affordable clothing and a large selection of sparkly and stylish accessories. Its mini and maxi dresses, sundresses and special occasion outfits have been popular with UC Davis students and teenagers since it opened in 2008. 200 E Street; 530-792-7438. Hours: Mondays-Saturdays, 10-6; Sundays, 11-5.
RIRE ~ Owner Josie Lee opened the Davis RIRE in 2015, after success in Sacramento. She has “something for everyone … attractively priced,” in sizes 0 to 12. “College students will score high marks around campus with a blue fit-and-flare dress with gold belt, while young professionals can go from morning meetings to after-work drinks with a lacy cream blouse and black retro pop sunglasses.” She picks RIRE’s “fun and flirty” clothing and accessories from small-scale designers. 760 Fifth Street; 530-341-0480. Hours: Mondays-Thursdays, 11-6; Fridays-Saturdays, 11-7; Sundays, 12-5.
Three stores coming soon
Miyamo ~ Expected to open in early December 2015, this store will have affordable modern clothing and accessories for women and juniors, sizes 0-12. Owner Becky Anderson, a 2004 UC Davis grad, has another store in Napa. She likes to showcase community artists and brands that give back to charity, like Lokai bracelets and The Shine Project. One of its popular casual clothing lines is Free People. 225 G Street. Hours: Mondays-Saturdays, 10-8; Sundays, 10-6.
ShopCuffs ~ Anticipated for early January the store’s new and vintage styles for young women and men are similar to Urban Outfitters. “We consider our age demographic to 15-35, but definitely have something for everyone,” according to owner Lacadia Johnson, a 1999 Davis High grad. It features smaller brands, and accessories and jewelry from local designers. 231 Third Street. Tentative hours: 11-7 daily.
Philantrophy ~ Coming by early 2016, this contemporary women’s clothing and accessories boutique will carry “a variety of brands that are sustainable, offer employment to those in need, or donate portions of the proceeds to different causes and charities,” owner Jacqueline White said. “Our price points will be affordable and our products will offer something for every type of customer.” 340 G St., Suite A.
Other shopping options
If shopping for superior consignment clothing is your game, find high-end, top-quality resales at Haute Again Consignment, 129 E Street, Suite B1; 530-341-2172. Hours: Mondays-Saturdays, 11:30-6. For deals on youthful designer brands, there’s Boheme Hip Used Clothing, 423 Third Street; 530-341-2004. Hours: Sundays and Mondays, 12-4, Tuesdays-Saturdays, 11-6.
Sports apparel and shoes: Several other downtown stores carry women’s shoes and sports apparel, including Fleet Feet Davis, Outdoor Davis, the UC Davis Store Downtown, The Vault Skate Boutique (hip clothing and board shop) and the many bike and ski shops and sports stores in town. For shoe stores, there’s Sole Desire and Generations Family Footwear.
Chain stores: The Gap is also downtown, at 500 First Street, in the Davis Commons plaza. There’s a Forever 21 at 825 Russell Boulevard, and Styles for Less, T.J.Maxx, and Target, on the 4600 block of Second Street, near Mace Boulevard, roughly a mile east of downtown.
Parking downtown: For free, three-hour parking, go to one of the parking structures at Fourth and G streets or F and First streets. For convenience, there is two-hour metered parking in the E Street Plaza, between The Wardrobe and Paulina’s Boutique, or free two-hour street parking.
Article written by Wendy Weitzel