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Pleasanton Surprise: Great Shopping in an Unsung East Bay Town

Magazine article Sunset

Pleasanton Surprise: Great Shopping in an Unsung East Bay Town

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If you have no idea where Pleasanton even is, here's some news for you: The little town between Livermore and Hayward is a great place for holiday shopping. Its pedestrian-friendly streets are lined with independently owned boutiques as well as--get this--a drive-in dairy. Grab a hot cocoa and listen to carolers on November 18, when shops stay open late for the annual Magical Evening.

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SHOP Me & Emmi. WHAT: Splurge on a holiday party outfit at this women's clothing boutique, and accessorize with dangling earrings by Berkeley design duo Viv & Ingrid. WHEN: Open daily. WHERE: 549 Main St.; 925/600-9670.

Gourmet Works. WHAT: Indulge your sweet tooth with handmade chocolates and jams, perfect for stocking-stuffers. WHEN: Open daily. WHERE: 420 Main St.; 925/461-1110.

RUMA. WHAT: Browse this mother-daughter-owned shop selling bed linens, dessert sets, and tea scented candles. WHEN: Open daily. WHERE: 310-B Main St.; 925/249-9200.

Meadowlark Drive-In Dairy. WHAT: If making cookies is on your to-do list--or if you've just got to see what the drive-in dairy concept is all about--place an order for milk and eggs here. …

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