Gourmet Gifts: Livermore

A trip into the West’s wine country is an excellent opportunity to savor the grape—that’s a given. But it’s also the perfect chance to find one-of-a-kind gifts with a story and a sense of place. Here’s our indispensable guide to where to shop in Livermore.

Published: 9/01/2019

Livermore Valley

Downtown Livermore is a makeover story. In the past 30 years, through careful planning, a congested multilane highway was diverted in order for the town to reclaim its center. Today, it’s booming. The pedestrian-friendly downtown has plenty of outdoor cafes spilling onto sidewalks, and town squares and theaters bubbling with laughter. 

My Detox Lounge serves up wellness in the form of ionic detoxing foot baths, infrared saunas, and both essential oil and Himalayan salt chambers. It’s a great place to pick up a gift certificate to treat a loved one to a spa experience or a signature Zen tea blend. 

Walk right into First Street Wine Company to find many Livermore wine labels under one roof and sample them at this upscale tasting bar. 

Ranchers have been stepping into Baughman’s Western Outfitters since 1881. That’s a lot of qualification. Boots, Stetsons, Western wear will dress up all the cowboys and cowgirls in your life.

Don’t underestimate farmers’ markets as a place to shop for intriguing gifts. For example, at Livermore’s Thursday night market, you’ll find Olivina olive oil; late fall is the time for the special green-hued olio nuovo—straight from the mill to the bottle. Modern apothecary Butter Me Up Organics also sets up a table at Tri-Valley farmers markets. 

While at Livermore Farmers’ Market, take in the vibrant colors of fresh fruits and vegetables and herbs and then pop into the Livermore Heritage Guild in the stunning Old Carnegie Library. There, you can leaf through history books and learn facts about yesterday and also pick up a few gifts for tomorrow.

On Second Street, tucked into an old-timey building within a breezeway, is Fortune Emporium, a modern store that carries some of the top natural brands in apothecary as well as artistic geometric jewelry, inspired home goods, and other gifts. The shop also offers community events and workshops that encourage creative expression like The Art of Charcuterie, a DIY cheeseboard assembly class. 

As seen in the issue Harvest 2019 of Touring & Tasting Magazine.

A BART ride from San Francisco brings visitors to the Livermore Valley, a premier wine-growing area. Within it are the bedroom communities of Dublin, Danville, Pleasanton, and Livermore. The East Bay town of Livermore boasts over 50 wineries, making it a destination for those who like to indulge in a little shopping while tasting exceptional wine.