Cameron Marks is one of my favorite stores in Santa Cruz. Helmed by owner Vanessa Ambrose, the original store opened a handful of years back and soon after that, Ambrose expanded her lifestyle boutique with a second store across the courtyard. She just re-designed and re-opened her original store and the interior is strikingly beautiful. Its dark walls, modern design and perfect styling make this a store to pay attention to.
Not only does Ambrose bring a strong fashion background to the store (she has worked as a designer), but she is also an excellent curator. In her new store, she's carrying men's items, an entire wall dedicated to Baggu backpacks, purses and totes, housewares from Jonathan Adler, leather wallets from Tanner Goods, paper products, a remarkable display of original and fashion-forward jewelry, and much more. The store will soon have an online shopping component, too.
Cameron Marks, 402 Ingalls St., No. 7 and 15, Santa Cruz, Calif., cameronmarks.com.
Photos: Ted Holladay