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How to Keep Your Quinceñera Shopping Local

There are lots of great shops in Watsonville to get everything for your big day.

How many of you ever tried planning a Quinceñera and don’t know where to start or even what stores to go to? I searched the streets to help you all find your Quince needs by spending less and staying local.

Automatically people may want to drive over the hill and search the big cities like San Jose or even L.A. for the top-notch quality for all your Quince accessories and needs. But as I explored around the town of Watsonville I soon discovered the many great quality shops that although, may look small, don’t fall short of vast selection.

Many people's perception of Watsonville's shopping options may be a bit discouraging.

"People think San Jose is a better city to shop because it thrives but what people don’t realize with big cities comes more pricier merchandise and rent, costing people more money instead of staying local and paying less," said Cruz Morales, owner of Watsonville's Fotografia Morales.

To my surprise, there were numerous shops in nooks and crannies of this strawberry-filled land. As I combed the streets there are a lot of little shops of great selection that soon came to light.

  • If you are looking for your Quince accessories like your ramo (bouquet), tiara, doll or even your bible and rosary, try Mary’s Gift Shop on Rodriguez Street.
  • If you are looking for the perfect dress, Bliss Boutique is the place for you. Located in the Discount Mall, the selection of dresses is beyond what one might expect from this small exterior. All type of formal wear is what you see upon entering—anything from extravagant Cinderella dresses to sleek long cocktail dresses and brand names. Rosa Silva, owner of Bliss Boutique, said she pulls her clients in by “offering the best quality for the lowest prices.” Not only does her store showcase all elegant beautiful dresses for your event they offer tux rentals for the fraction of the cost of most retailers.

Morales, a shop owner for 17 years, also built a diverse selection of quality accessories for any of your important dates. From Quinceñera to weddings, Fotographia Morales offers lots of choices for tiaras, rosaries, bibles and more.

“We all get our products from the same vendors," she said, referring to Bay Area shops. "Why waste gas and pay more when you can pay less and get the same quality here in my shop?"

 

David H. Perez October 01, 2012 at 06:35 PM
Wouldn't it be wiser to invest the thousands of dollars in her future, like the opportunity to go to a nice college?
Maria Grusauskas October 01, 2012 at 07:07 PM
That's a tough question, since the cultural significance of the Quinceñera is equally as sacred as the American dream that going to a nice college will pave the way to a financially comfortable future. Education is very important, but, these days more and more kids are putting themselves through college (and graduating in debt) and the thousands of dollars their parents might contribute hardly makes a dent in the tuition of a 'good' college.
Watzon McWats October 01, 2012 at 10:39 PM
Not bashing quinceñeras, people can spend their money on whatever they want as far as I'm concerned, but for the sake of conversation, "the thousands of dollars their parents might contribute hardly makes a dent in the tuition of a 'good' college", is the kind of mentality that keeps "poor" people "poor". Even a measily $250 a year invested in diverse funds would net you roughly $11,000 over 18 years using traditional metrics. Not gonna cover the whole bill, but certainly enough to get the ball rolling or cover unexpected expenses. Watsonville kind of cracks me up in that way though. I see my neighbors spend thousands of dollars on "normal" birthday parties, and then turn around and wonder why they have to rent a house packed full of extended family just to get by. Again, ultimately people can do whatever they want with their money, but the mentality is amusing. There's a really good King of The Hill episode that coveres almost this exact topic.
David H. Perez October 01, 2012 at 11:22 PM
Watzon made some good points and actually dovetailed off of what I was trying to say. Maria, my use of the term "nice" college was not meant to sound elitist. I think Cabrillo is a nice college, and I think you could easily get through Cabrillo College on the astronomical sums of money that some families spend on Quinceneras. I'm not bashing Quinceneras either, and Watzon is right, people can spend their money on whatever they want. People just have to establish their own priorities, I guess.
Maria Grusauskas October 01, 2012 at 11:33 PM
Good points indeed, but still, I think the ultimate truth is that if you don't have money you'll be graduating college in debt... Should that keep kids from getting a good education? It doesn't stop millions from buying into the belief that they'll be able to pay off those loans with the education they receive. Just trying to point out that this is increasingly harder to do, much easier to do a generation or two ago. By all means, I think all young girls should have their Quince party if that's what they really want, but be reminded that their intellect can stun just the same as that beautiful dress.
David H. Perez October 01, 2012 at 11:40 PM
@Maria - Also good points. I would hate to be a parent with a Cabrillo budget whose child wants to go to Harvard. But to digress and get back to your original point, I agree that if a family decides to hold a Quincenera (sorry, I haven't figured out how to use that squiggly symbol on my computer keyboard), they should buy their products locally.
Watzon McWats October 01, 2012 at 11:43 PM
"...but be reminded that their intellect can stun just the same as that beautiful dress." Beautiful words!
Cathy P. October 02, 2012 at 12:46 AM
I didn't have money, I had work study & Pell Grants all through school. Yes, I graduated college with debt and I paid it ALL off. It's called personal responsibility. Beauty diminishes with time, intellect (unless you get Alzheimer's) is forever. A dress is just a "thing."
HizDesign October 02, 2012 at 12:52 AM
Well said Cathy P.

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