speaking the local language: taylor sterling, glitter guide
A family-friendly guide to the Bay Area.
Published May 21, 2015 8:00 PM
Meet TAYLOR STERLING, the Founder & Creative Director of Glitter Guide, and this month’s ‘Local Language’ shopping spotlight!
Taylor has proven time and time again to be a trend-setter in her own right thanks to a stellar set of instincts for all things “stylish.” Both her home and wardrobe boast an aesthetic that blends the very best of modernism and pieces that celebrate a throwback to retro days gone by, making Taylor a taste-maker to watch. Happily, if you’re looking to follow Taylor’s lead, her go-to Bay Area shops give California residents and visitors a great starting point. Moms: listen up—you’ll love her kid-friendly intel!
MARIN COUNTRY MART
Marin / Larskpur
This is one of my absolute favorite weekend destinations. It’s located just outside of San Francisco and is nestled along the water. It’s full of amazing specialty shops such as Intermix, Hudson Grace, Erica Tanov and Poppy Store (one of my favorite children stores ever!). There also are great places to eat. If you’re craving something healthy, Rustic Bakery has delicious salads and fresh bread. If you want a nice glass of wine and farm-to-table cuisine, then Farmshop is a great choice. Plus, no trip is complete without stopping into Miette for a sweet treat (my favorite is their walnut shortbread cookies). On Saturdays they have their farmers’ market with a petting zoo, pony rides and face painting—which is so great if you have little ones. All around, it’s the perfect place to spend a weekend afternoon.
FLORA GRUBB GARDENS
San Francisco, Bayview-Hunters Point
It’s safe to say that I do not have a green thumb. Honestly, it’s more of a black thumb. However, that doesn’t mean I’m not eager to improve. Lately, I’ve been making a point to spend more time in nature, and I’m excited to teach my daughter more about plants and healthy eating. My favorite nursery of all time is Flora Grubb Gardens. It’s not even fair to call it a nursery—it’s more like a design sanctuary for plants. I like to go get a cappuccino (they serve Ritual Coffee onsite) and tour the grounds. It’s seriously so inspiring.
Play is a colorful, modern and fun indoor play room for kids. They have music and art classes and so many cool things for your child to learn and explore. There are tons of these types of places around the Bay Area, but there is something special about PLAY—its design really stands out amongst the crowd. Since I work from home, it’s important for me to take my daughter out and have her play with other kids. It’s really rewarding to see how much fun she has there. Plus, they have great drop-in prices that are perfect for my ever-changing schedule.
OAK & RYE
Oak and Rye is a new pizzeria in downtown Los Gatos. When it opened, there was nothing like it. There was a huge need for a more casual restaurant that was kid-friendly, but also hip enough for adults to grab a drink with friends. Oak and Rye met that need perfectly. Not to mention it has delicious drinks (try the Alameda), fresh ingredients and, of course, awesome pizza.