The Ultimate Wish List
Ditch the big-box stores for one of these local registry options.
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Elsie Green House and Home
For items with a story, visit Elsie Green House and Home showroom in Concord, the warehouse location for this mostly online business. Laurie and J. P. Furber—both veterans of the corporate design industry—hand-select treasures from France, Morocco, and beyond, including refurbished furniture, authentic farm tables, and vintage flatware. The Furbers will set aside your picks and hold onto guests’ purchases until they can be delivered to you in one fell swoop. 2954 Treat Blvd., Ste. C, Concord, (925) 323-5311, .
SDH European linens and Arte Italica glass and pewter dishware are the draws at this high-end home store with locations in Danville and Lafayette. If you’re not sure where to start, a sales associate with an eye for design will help you pick out anything from a complete holiday table setting to a luxurious bedding set. If you want to shop after hours, schedule a time and the staff will have wine and cheese waiting. 704 Sycamore Valley Rd., Danville, (925) 837-6575; 3585 Mt. orderpizzaonlinewalledlakemi Blvd., Lafayette, (925) 284-6565, .
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This home, kitchen, and gift store with locations in Danville and Walnut Creek is a go-to spot for china, table settings, and glassware. Create an account online or visit the store to browse with a sales associate or on your own. Your guests can purchase the gifts online or in-store, making this a good option for weddings with lots of out-of-towners. Registry isn’t yet offered at the new Danville location, but the store is expected to start offering the service in 2015. 700 Sycamore Valley Rd., Danville, (925) 362-0122; 1129 Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek, (925) 947-1991, .
Step into this romantic home boutique on College Avenue in Rockridge, and owners Fred Womack or Patty Brunn—self-described artists, florists, and ardent cooks—will gladly guide you around the store and photograph the items that strike your fancy. Go for some eco-friendly linens in nature-inspired hues or throw blankets in fun patterns. Womack or Brunn will then personally compile the list for you to share with friends and family. 5640 College Ave., Oakland, (510) 658-2801, .