Local. Artistic. Small business.

The words are used time and again in Santa Cruz with good reason. We all love living here in our little slice of paradise. And we want to stay here. With our friends. Our local friends, who happen to be artistic and gifted and running a small business.

Support your community this holiday season by supporting these wonderfully talented neighbors and friends of ours in the coworking space. Check out the list we’ve compiled. Even if it’s last minute shopping you’re doing, you’re sure to find something for everyone on your list.

Doug Ross, illustrator extraordinaire, uses a lot of local scenery and sea creatures in his prints that you’re sure to recognize.  Makes a great gift to put in little Timmy’s room or above Aunt Sally’s fireplace. dougross.com

Rebecca Stark has an eye for dramatic beauty that she captures with a deft hand in her photography. She also knows how to play up people’s personality in a relaxed environment. Everyone likes to see themselves in a positive light so why not give one of her gift certificates today? Available online at  http://www.rebeccastarkblog.com.


Open Source manufacturing is new to all of us, except for the folks at the MakersFactory who will show you the ropes in their animation, 3D printing, and laser cutting classes.  Your sister could construct the prototype for the kitchen of her dreams or your boyfriend might want to fabricate his own chain mail sweater for the next  Renaissance Faire.  With limitless possibilities for everyone on your list, check out the Makers discounts on memberships, classes and gift certificates here.  makersfactory.com/classes


Elizabeth Borelli specializes in bringing intelligent and thought-provoking events to the local community. She also dabbles in clothing design and has an assortment of fashionable clothes for sale. You can contact her through her web site, grassrootzcafe.com  or via email:
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We’re lucky to have delicious cups of joe and tasty niblets prepared by the incomparable barista Fred Meng available to us all day long at the Sentinel Cafe. The nice thing is, he’s happy to share his vast wisdom and his top-quality coffee making equipment with you. You can pick his brain, buy an imported brewer and give the gift of java. Stop by today.