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Must Haves: Where to Shop in Carmel and Big Sur

By David Nash

Cup of Joe: Artist Peter Plamondon was first inspired to paint in the 1960s by Big Sur artist Kaffe Fassett. His work, including Graniteware Cups #5 ($5,800), acrylic on canvas, can be acquired through the Carmel Art Association Gallery — the oldest gallery in Carmel-by-the-Sea, founded in 1927.

High Time: Known since the 1950s for its stunning array of estate and antique jewelry, and vintage watches, Fourtané Jewelers isn’t to be missed. Finds like this circa-1960s Asymmetrical Carnelian and Diamond Rolex Lady’s Watch ($16,800) in a 14-karat yellow gold setting is a rare find indeed.

Scribe’s Armor: A perfect weapon for the ultimate word warrior, Montegrappa’s Viking Fountain Pen ($216,000) is a formidable writing instrument. This utilitarian sculpture, available at Bittner, is made from 18-karat yellow gold, with accents of 18-karat rose gold, sterling silver detailing, and a hand-applied enamel. Limited to an edition of six.

The Grind: Established in 1994, Carmel Valley Coffee Roasting Company is the only certified organic coffee roasting company on the Monterey Peninsula. Visit any of its area locations for a cup of coffee and pick up a bag of its signature Organic Carmel Foglifter blend (from $12.95).

Animal Attraction: Although prolific Big Sur artist Loet Vanderveen died in 2015, his charming limited-edition and richly patinated animal sculptures are still available through COAST Big Sur gallery. Pieces like this Classic Seated Aquamarine Cheetah are too good to pass up. Prices on request.

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