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Boutique Peek: Pink Stripes

The new Blackhawk Plaza store ups the definition of a tantalizing boutique.

Photos by Ivanna Woods

Walking into Pink Stripes in Blackhawk Plaza is like stepping into a fashion fairytale, complete with designer waist coats, vintage dresses, tissue-paper flowers, and tasty treats. Owner Tricia Santa-Ines combines her two greatest passions—hip fashion and enticing sweets—to form a girlish shop that excites the eyes as well as the taste buds.

Blackhawk Plaza is the newest location for this “fashion with a tasty twist” boutique. The original opened in San Francisco’s Mission District in 2005 but has since moved to Santana Row in San Jose. Before Santa-Ines opened her flagship store in San Francisco, she worked as an Assistant Designer for Williams-Sonoma, where she got to bake treats for displays—fostering her interest in design while simultaneously delighting her sweet tooth. Just when the store invited her to sell her goodies, she chose the boutique route—turning her attention toward fashion.

“Boutiques are like closets,” Santa-Ines says, and perusing Pink Stripes’ Vintage Row, you’ll get a peek into her own personal closet, as the section started as a collection of her most stylish hand-me-downs.

Who you’ll see here: The hip Danville shopper who adores trendy and timeless clothes and appreciates tasting (or just drooling over) beautifully decorated candies, brownies, and cookies. Teenagers can also be found scanning the racks and eyeing the sweets.

What you can expect to find: A mix of vintage, trendy, and girly clothing with an edge, plus lots of unique sweets from around the world. Designer fashion includes: Gucci, Marc Jacobs, Chanel, Jimmy Choo, and Nanette Lepore. Clothes and jewelry from Nicole Richie’s line, House of Harlow, as well as Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen’s line, Elizabeth and James, are also sprinkled in. Delectables include: Yoku Moku butter cookies from Japan, Fantasy Brownies in six different flavors from Arizona, and Kendon Candies’ lollipops manufactured in San Jose—the third largest manufacturer of lollipops in the United States. Another time trip is the fun infusion of Hello Kitty accessories found throughout the boutique.


Mark your calendar: Get prepared for the winter with Pink Stripes’ chunky knits, Tulle coats, faux fur vests, and infiniti scarves that will keep you warmly chic through the cold spell. If you’re heading to Blackhawk Plaza tonight for Shop for a Cause, Pink Stripes will give away a free scarf for every $150 purchase, with a portion of proceeds going to support breast cancer research. Also in honor of breast cancer awareness, Pink Stripes will raffle off two pink Melie Bianco bags Nov. 1.

Pink Stripes is located in Blackhawk Plaza, 3436 Blackhawk Plaza Circle, Danville, CA 94506, (925) 736-9400, pinkstripessf.com.