|This entry refers to a departed business that has closed or left town. All information here is for historical reference only.|
|605 2nd Street , across from Varsity Theater|
|Gifts of Nature|
|Cheryl Winn & Patty Quickert|
The Naturalist went out of business on January 31, 2010. Alphabet Moon plans on opening at the same location on March 1, 2010.
The Naturalist was a nature/environment themed gift shop, voted best gift shop in Yolo County. They carried bird feeders and food, field and hiking guides, nature themed gifts for the home and garden, exquisite jewelry, t-shirts, and binoculars and other optics suitable for either star-gazing or bird watching - among many other options. Many offerings featured recycled and non-toxic materials and many were made by local producers like Jeeba, Holly Yashi or Wild Bryde jewelry, Sonoma Lavender, and Fire and Light recycled glassware. They offered wildlife prints and photography by local artists, too. For the kids, there was a selection of fun and educational toys that were all themed around environmental education. One stop shopping for gifts for the whole family (even the difficult ones!) and plenty of customer assistance if you needed it.
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2008-03-04 21:51:16 I've walked by the Naturalist dozens of times and have always mistakenly assumed it was part of Mengali's. It's unfortunate that the store seems to be a little lost in that grey, boxy building. It's not obvious what they sell there, but it's worth a visit. I stopped by after I found out via the Net that they carried a particular hummingbird feeder I was looking for. The store was nice, the customer service was even nicer...very friendly and we traded hummingbird stories for awhile. I'll stop by again soon. —DukeMcAdow
- After posting that, I can't walk by the store without noticing it and realizing how far it is from the florist! The displays in the front window are very attractive, as is the view of the store interior. ...and it's the only store within 40-miles that stocks Droll Yankees hummingbird feeders! ;) —DukeMcAdow
2009-03-04 19:56:21 Near the register, there is a bowl of rings. One caught my eye and I purchased it, the lady working mentioned that if I needed it resized the man that made them was local and could resize it; but I was eager to wear it. It was a little big, so a few days later I took it so it could be resized and it only took a day and I got back to wearing it. :) Very good and kind service. —kmpulido
2010-02-23 18:17:23 Cynthia and Kerin of the Naturalist are opening a web shop to fill the shopping void left by the Naturalist and De Colores and Bower Bird. As of March 1st, 2010 Magpie Plaza will be open for business at http://www.magpieplaza.com.
When the Naturalist closed we wondered where we would find unique, eco-friendly, handmade, and local products. Then we realized we could make our own little downtown online. So we're creating a nature-themed gift shop, an international/Indigenous/fair trade shop, and a cottage-chic boutique. Please enjoy browsing each mini-shop! We're building this up, little by little and starting with local artisans/artists, and hope to offer a great selection and the best customer care possible. Please visit our page and check back often, as many items are one-of-a -kind!
We've named our virtual plaza after the Yellow-billed Magpies that are unique to our region and that, after population decimation due to West Nile virus, are making a comeback. We wanted a symbol of local specialties, and we can't help but love these clever guys for getting through tough times. —kering
2011-09-09 10:21:58 Davis was probably one of the few places that this store could survive in, especially in it's obscure original location, and it did for many years. You could get cool crystal, rock, and geode items here (including jewelry). —OldDavis73
2020-10-26 18:48:34 I believe this is the small store, that in the late 1970s and early 80’s was located on the second story of a building near my parents restaurant (Ristorante Mangiamo in Park Place) I used to sneak off and spend seemed like hours in that store hovering around the shiny polished rocks and stones they carried. Will always remember how much I yearned for polished rocks :) Still to this day remember how fascinated I was with them. —lisahunt