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Costco Wholesale
220 Sylvania Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Costco is a one-stop shopping locale for a long list of items available in its warehouse-style facility. Members can buyMore everything from beer, wine and liquor to breads and desserts, meats and fish, fresh produce and a variety of frozen goods. The massive store also houses a photo department, optical department, pharmacy, tire center and gas station. Staff can also help with buying a hearing aid, travel plans and auto buying.
Century 21 Award Real Estate
1307 Ocean St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Backed by the nationwide chain of realtors, this local office brings the best of the large corporation to your area withMore local real estate agents who know and understand their diverse communities. With years of experience, Century 21 Realty has a handle on the needs and problems of home buying and selling. With a long free list of  homes to peruse and relevant local information on schools, neighborhoods and shopping, their website is chock full of good reasons to use their services.
Crossroads Trading Co.
811 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Crossroads is an eclectic store that offers clothing and accessories for men and women. Retail items include shoes,More shirts, blouses, belts, jackets, sunglasses and purses. In addition, Crossroads buys and trades new and used clothing, accessories and shoes. It will also make a donation to a local charity every time a customer passes up on taking a shopping bag for their items at checkout.
Westside Farmers Market
2801 Mission St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
The Westside Farmers Market features fresh produce, meats, seafood and flowers from local producers. Patrons canMore also sample from various restaurants and buy signature coffees, prepared meals and artisanal foods. A list of participating farmers and vendor is avilable on its website. This market is part of the greater Santa Cruz Community Farmers Market family, with four other locations throughout Santa Cruz, Felton and Scotts Valley. The SCCFM arranges parking accommodations on the adjacent grassy field off Mission.
Enterprise Rent A Car
1303 Ocean St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
In keeping with the community it serves, this Enterprise location is a "green branch," with 10-15 hybrid vehicles toMore rent out at any given time. The hybrids are popular, sometimes rented by locals as an extended "test drive" before deciding to buy one. This location occasionally has convertibles, but check in advance if you really want to drive along the coast with the top down. Returns are only allowed to a different location on a seasonal basis. There is also an extra fee for younger drivers (ages 21-24). For UCSC students, that may be partially offset by a student discount.
Route One Farms
849 Almar Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

This eco-friendly, certified organic farm is located on 65 acres along the San Lorenzo river and Wadell CreekMore in north Santa Cruz County. The company's goal is "to provide the finest quality produce at the best value while respecting the land, the people and the surrounding environment." The public can buy Route One Farms' produce at local farmers' markets and stores such as New Leaf markets, Shoppers Corner and Staff of Life, as well as at restaurants such as Gabriella Cafe and Dharma's. It delivers baskets of vegetables to clients around the county for $15 per or $25 a week, depending on box size. The farm's offerings change weekly, but may include various herbs, greens, roots, fruits and flowers.

Van Buren Elizabeth Aromatherapy
303 Potrero St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Elizabeth Van Buren Aromatherapy makes 70 different therapeutic-grade essential oils and more than 20 blends forMore retail and wholesale customers. The Old Sash Mill office only sells to wholesalers, but the general public can buy Van Buren products at the Herb Room, Staff of Life and Aptos Natural Foods. Formerly called Body Love Natural Cosmetics, the local company's organic products are free of pesticides, parabens and synthetics.

Elizabeth Van Buren is a longtime educator, healer, formulator and advocate of using therapeutic essential oils for integrative medicine. She aims "to bring botanical healing products that bring holistic health and aromatic balance to a world just awakening to the need for preventative medicine," according to her Web site. She also sells skin and body care products made with aloe vera for sensitive skin. 

 

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