Petaluma started out as a small little chicken town north of the Golden Gate. For many years it was just a small town where everyone knew eachother by name. Now, the city of Petaluma is much larger because it is still affordable and still has that small-town feel. Because of that, many local artists, antique collectors and entrepreneurs have set up shop here in town. From the outlet mall and the large grocery stores to the quaint restaurants, specialty food stores and unique shops in historic downtown Petaluma, this little town has grown into a wonderful place to live, raise a family and retire offering something for everyone.