At the cute and cozy Humboldt Outfitters, you can quite literally outfit yourself in Humboldt-themed merch from head to toe.

You'll find Humboldt-labeled sweatshirts, Humboldt-embroidered hats, Humboldt totes, and many other items to let people know that you have been to — or are from — our beautiful Redwood Coast Region. Bonus: All the apparel items are designed and produced locally in Arcata.

If you're visiting from out of town, you'll easily find the perfect T-shirt to commemorate your trip. Throw in a U.S. Highway 101 button, a "Bigfoot Country" postcard or some banana slug plushies for the kids, and you're set to continue your North Coast trek.

Locals and Cal Poly Humboldt students can also enjoy Humboldt Outfitters' selection of gifts and home goods. If you're a fungi fanatic, you'll delight in the mushroom measuring spoons and matching mushroom oven mitts. Need a present for your parents? The "Someone in Humboldt Loves You" mug is a sweet sentiment to send back home.

Ollie Polanco, who works at the counter, says the team works hard to make the store feel homey and "not too fancy." Small in size and doused in natural light, Humboldt Outfitters indeed feels low-key for a boutique with its selection of NorCal stickers, kitschy "May the Forest Be With You" slogans, and Bigfoot memorabilia.

Even though it caters to tourists, the shop doesn't just tout trinkets. The wooden shelves and tables are stocked with sweet perfumes, Rosemary Sage and Eucalyptus "Arcata" candles, cutting boards artfully adorned with resin to look like the ocean and delicate jewelry crafted from women-owned companies across California.

Next time you are shopping at the Arcata Plaza, pay Humboldt Outfitters a visit, spread "Humboldt Love" (a message from one of their coffee cups) and feel good about supporting a business that's been in Humboldt for the past 20 years.

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