You won't have any trouble finding that must-have Catalina key chain or refrigerator magnet, as Crescent Avenue is lined with a myriad of schlocky souvenir shops. There are, however, a few stores that do offer unique and tasteful items. C. C. Gallagher (310/510-1278) carries high-end gifts and also is a coffee shop; it's best for finding beautiful art, music, and jewelry created by local artists. Buoys and Gulls (310/510-0416) offers men's and women's wear such as Reyn Spooner islander shirts, Nautica, Hurley, and Billabong. The Steamer Trunk (310/510-2600) is loaded with unique gifts to take home to the dog sitter or neighbor who collected your mail. The gift shop at the Catalina Island Museum (217 Metropole Ave.; 310/510-2414) also stocks quality island-themed history books and merchandise, including affordable modern versions of Catalina tile. Leo's Catalina Drugstore (310/510-0189) is the obvious spot to pick up the sunscreen that you forgot to pack. There is a Vons supermarket a couple of blocks from the water (it's moving, so ask a local where it is now), where you'll find all your staples. Remember most things cost more here because they're subject to freight costs.
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