Welcome to Just Because Gifts, located in beautiful, historic downtown Angels Camp. Owned by Carla Santiago, Just Because Gifts offers locally handmade gifts and other wares as well. But shopkeeper, Carla Santiago (also quite crafty), has a twist. Santiago creates custom T-shirt designs.
From a recent Calaveras Enterprise interview:
“‘I’ve always wanted to (open my own business). I had some friends that offered me a heck of an opportunity, and I took it,’ Santiago said of why she opened up Just Because Gifts. ‘Most of my merchandise is from local artists. I’m trying to bring in people from our area. I do vinyl T-shirts. We do a lot of woodwork. And then I have crafters from around the area.’
“Santiago doesn’t do consignment. When her vendors come in, she buys the product directly from them.
“‘I don’t want them to have to chase after their money. Times are hard. Everyone needs their money,’ Santiago said. So far, she said, her T-shirts are the most popular items. She’ll take custom design orders, but she doesn’t take large-scale orders.’
“‘[Customers] are thrilled we’re here,’ Santiago said. ‘They are absolutely thrilled that there are stores opening up downtown. I’m working with Julie (Douglas) and a couple other ladies to bring even more business in.’”