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‘Sip, Hop & Shop’ hitting independent boutiques March 23
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Jennifer Hart of The Social Muse and her guests shows off some of the wares from last year’s “Sip, Hop and Shop” event – where almost two dozen vendors spread across Manteca, Oakdale, and Turlock welcome shoppers for a fun and festive day. - photo by PHOTOS CONTRIBUTED

When Jennifer Hart and Amy Acaya – the two founders of local event planning company The Social Muse – started thinking about events that they wanted to add to their docket, something that promoted local small businesses was at the top of the list. 

And with that, “Sip, Hop and Shop” – which highlighted local independent boutiques in conjunction with Small Business Saturday – was born. 

After a successful first venture drew dozens of local women who enjoyed the friendship and fun while being wined and dined on a group shopping trip, The Social Muse is doing it again – this time highlighting nearly two-dozen vendors throughout Manteca, Oakdale, and Turlock. 

The event will begin at Simply Irresistible in Manteca on Saturday, March 23, at 8 a.m., and the $60 tickets – which cover transportation, prizes, wine, food, and discounts at the boutiques themselves – can be purchased by visiting

Participating stores in Manteca include Simply Irresistible, Dashing Dogs Boutique, Sweet Designs by Cindy, Bree’s $5 Stylish Jewelry and Angey Grotberg Simply Beauty. Stops in Oakdale will include At The Corner, Remember When Again at Nicole’s, Foxy Designs by London Fox, Femme Briscoleuse, Just Indulge, Rustic Market, and Past and Present Antiques. Turlock vendors include Envy Fine Clothing, Glitz, Rustic Roots, D2, Digs Upcycled, Farm House, Main Street Antiques, and Vintage Market. 

“This has been one of my most favorite events to put on out of all of the events we have held thus far – it was so fun and magical to meet so many people last year and see them have a blast and bond amongst shopping and socializing,” Hart said. “I also think my favorite part was giving away so many free prizes and getting to make the announcements on the bus and also see everyone running around shopping at all the stores!

“The most rewarding part of putting together events is the feedback from guests afterward saying they had a great time, and that the event was well-organized, and they can’t wait for the next one.  It makes my heart happy and fulfilled!”

Acaya echoed Hart’s sentiments of what the event was in its first outing, and what they hope it will become in the future. 

“This event is a great outing for friends, family and co-workers,” Acaya said. “What better way to bond or team built than with wine and shopping? Jen and I love being a part of the camaraderie.”

The $60 tickets, which include wine, lunch, prizes, and discounts at the vendors that the tour will be hitting, can be purchased by visiting The event, which takes place on Saturday, March 23, will begin at 8 a.m. at Simply Irresistible in Manteca, located at 297 Commerce Avenue next to Target, with a check-in before participants shop the participating boutiques in and around Manteca. A bus will then pick everybody up and depart for Oakdale where the shopping will resume, and then depart later that afternoon for Turlock for even more shopping – providing wine and food on the bus between each of the stops. For additional information about the event, or other local events planned by The Social Muse, visit 

To contact reporter Jason Campbell email or call 209.249.3544.