Boutique Shopping, World Class Dining Make First Street Napa A Must-Visit Destination in 2021

First Street Napa

First Street Napa is a hub for world-class dining, distinctive shopping, exquisite tasting rooms and elegant lodging as well as office spaces. Photo by Sarah Anne Risk.

Just an hour from San Francisco, wine country has long been a favorite destination for Bay Area day-trippers and weekend travelers. The Napa Valley is a coveted place to live and visit, and right in the heart of downtown Napa, First Street Napa is a new centerpiece: a hub for world-class dining, distinctive shopping, exquisite tasting rooms and elegant lodging as well as office spaces.

“Our goal at First Street Napa is to create an experiential shopping, dining and hospitality district that serves as a diverse and vibrant gathering place for all who live here and all who visit,” said Todd Zapolski, Managing Member of Zapolski Real estate the developer of First Street Napa. 

Even in the decidedly challenging year of 2020, First Street Napa brought fourteen new brands to market, ranging from locally-owned fashion, footwear and home décor shops to pet and children’s clothing boutiques, all offering products unique in the area. With the Napa Valley Welcome Center relocating to First Street Napa last month, it’s now officially the perfect starting point for any visitor. New original-to-market brands like Riza Plants, a botanical boutique, and California Brandy House, a tasting room and bottle shop, bring added dimension. 

The excitement will continue in 2021 with additional openings, including international lifestyle retailer Anthropologie coming to the historic Gordon Building mid-year.

“We’re committed to cultivating unique experiences, and many of our new tenants have a local connection and offer merchandise and services selected specifically for Napa,” Zapolski continued. “Amidst a difficult year, we’re finding promise in the ongoing growth of our First Street Napa community and the support we’re seeing from locals and visitors is so important for that to continue.” 

Todd Zapolski, Managing Member of Zapolski Real estate the developer of First Street Napa and Andrew Mazotti, Director, Zapolski Real Estate.  Photo by Sarah Anne Risk.

The Napa Valley is still bustling (distanced and with masks, of course), and First Street Napa is working diligently to drive and support new growth in downtown Napa. Since March, the center has worked with tenants to advance new concepts like outdoor cycling classes with CYCLESOCIETY, expanded outdoor seating and options for take-out dining, and shopping incentive programs benefiting local non-profits.

Andrew Mazotti, Director, Zapolski Real Estate, is enthusiastic about the future. “Our brands have continued to develop new ways to engage with guests, and we’re working diligently to keep that momentum going, connecting via social channels and new online programs and signing agreements with dynamic new tenants.” 

While First Street Napa features established brands like lululemon, Mecox, Charlie Palmer Steak and, soon, Anthropologie, the center also focuses on smaller independent specialty merchants offering a unique mix of west coast artisanal products, children’s clothing, premium denim, pet amenities, home and garden furnishings and goods and services featuring local artisans and international designers.

“A number of our newest shops are concepts developed by local women with deep roots here in our Napa community,” Zapolski said. “We really enjoy working with locals to help build their individual brands, and are proud First Street Napa is home for these independent stores.”  

With over 325,000 square feet of mixed-use development, ground-floor retail and dining experiences, First Street Napa is home to Archer Hotel Napa, The Bennington Napa Valley, Brown Estate Wines, California Brandy House, C’est La Paire, Charlie Palmer Steak Napa, Compass Realty, Compline wine bar + restaurant, Copperfield’s Books, Cupcake, CYCLESOCIETY, Eiko’s Sushi, Habituate Lifestyle + Interiors, Honey Whiskey Boutique, I-ELLE, John Anthony Family of Wines, Kalifornia Jean Bar, lululemon, Macbella, Makers Market, Mayacamas Downtown, Mecox, Milo & Friends, Napastäk Napa Valley, Napa Valley Jewelers, Napa Valley Welcome Center, Overland, Pera Rug, Riza Plants, Silicon Valley Bank, Sky & Vine Rooftop Bar, State & First, Tay & Grace, and the Wayfarer, Wade Cellars and Newfound Wines office. Anthropologie will open in 2021. For more information, please visit www.firststreetnapa.com to sign up for our monthly e-newsletter and follow along @FirstStreetNapa on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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