The holiday season is just around the corner and if you want to start looking for the right place to buy gifts for the members of your family, Main Street is the perfect spot to go browsing local shops.
The famous Main Street is a pedestrian walkway mall located in the heart of Riverside, CA, stretching four blocks.
While taking a tour, you will be amazed at how rustic the area is, and you will have the opportunity to learn some of its histories while window shopping in the best shops around there.
One of the recommendations before you start your window-shopping tour is to park in the parking structure located on the corner of Market Street and Mission Inn Avenue. Parking there is free the first 90 minutes and after 5 p.m.
Make sure you wear tennis shoes so you can window-shop comfortable.
- Mission Galleria (across the street from the Mission Inn and in front of Coffee Bean) is an amazing antique store where you can enjoy four floors with a wide range of merchandise like jewelry, antiques, collectibles, clothes, toys, furniture books, and much more. This antique store is a must-see due to the variety of collections and tastes.
- Sweet Vintage Décor (near Prohibition) is a small yet quaint store where you can find decorations for your home. They change some of their merchandise in time for each holiday so you can stay up-to-date for those seasonal festivities. And what makes this store even more special is their Annie Sloan chalk paint that they sell to create an instant chalkboard on your wall. If you are trying to spruce up your home for the holidays, the people there will give you helpful tips so you can make the best of this specialty paint.
- ELLIOT (located behind the Mission Inn and across from Prohibition) is a boutique where you can find trendy and fashionable clothing. Most of the clothing that is sold in this store is actually designed and made there. So if you buy clothes and accessories from this shop, you will have unique pieces that you can wear without worrying about someone else copying you.
Downtown Apothecary (in front of Casey’s cupcakes) is the shop where you find all that has to do with bath and body. You can choose from handmade soaps of different scents, body scrubs, candles, oils, butters, and creams. A sweet, fruity aroma will always greet you while shopping at this store.
- MP Couture is a women’s fashion boutique that features a diverse collection of clothing, shoes, jewelry, and accessories.
Whether you are looking to have a fun day shopping for wearable art, designer goods and unique jewelry, or you just want to have a great time looking at unique objects, the whole block of stores on Main Street is a worthwhile destination. On the plus side, there are great restaurants with delicious food nearby where you can eat or spas where you can relax after shopping. Why go all the way to LA when there are fun spots in the Inland Empire where you can have a one-of-kind shopping experience without straying too far from home?