San Francisco shopping

Your neighborhood-by-neighborhood guide to great San Francisco shops

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    • Shopping in the West

      East Bay: Alden Lane Nursery

      Visit the full service retail garden center, which offers organic vegetables to the largest selection of trees in the Bay Area.
      Flowers & plants / Garden
      Open daily
      981 Alden Lane, Livermore, CA; 925/ 447-0280
      www.aldenlane.com

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    • Alena Jean Flower Shop & Nursery

      Peninsula: Alena Jean Flower Shop & Nursery

      Housed in a refurbished 135–year–old barn, Alena Jean Flower Shop & Nursery is a funky alternative to the big–box garden stores. Sure, it carries the usual suspects like sweet peas and pint–size perennials—all well cared for. But the shop also has the unusual, like a garden gnome with a secret compartment for hiding house keys. A gazebo hidden behind the nursery has a mini train chugging around it.
      Garden / Flowers & plants
      Closed Mondays
      340 Purissima St., Half Moon Bay, CA; 650/726-3662
      www.alenasdesigns.com

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    • Asian Image

      Chinatown: Asian Image

      East meets West at the two-story Asian Image, where high-style items like embroidered silk cell-phone holders, laptop bags, and vibrant bedding come at reasonable prices.
      Home décor
      Open daily
      800 Grant Ave., San Francisco, CA; 415/398-2602

    • Au Coeur des Chocolats

      Various: Au Coeur des Chocolats

      Their airbrushed truffles are (almost) too pretty to eat.
      Specialty foods
      Available at several Bay Area locations
      www.heartofchocolates.com

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    • Shopping in the West

      San Francisco: The Beholder

      The Beholder is an online marketplace for artists. This web shop offers prints and originals in a variety of mediums—from photography to painting to drawing. Artwork is priced from $30 to $2000.
      Arts & crafts
      Available online
      www.beholder-art.com

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    • Calaveras Nursery

      East Bay: Calaveras Nursery

      Take the time to explore Sunol’s vast and exceptional nurseries, which sell trees in a size often available only to pros. Have a bare spot in your yard that’s making you nuts? Calaveras Nursery sells 8-footers in 15-gallon cans that’ll take the waiting part out of gardening.
      Flowers & plants / Garden
      1000 Calaveras Rd., Sunol, CA; 925/862-2286
      www.calaverasnurseries.com

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    • Cherish

      Richmond: Cherish

      Ogle ream after ream of pretty patterned paper, then ask the pros there to wrap your gifts (from $2)—yes, even the stuff you bought down the block. Card- and ornament-making classes (from $15) in the back studio too.
      Arts & crafts
      Open daily
      115 Clement St., San Francisco, CA; 415/379-7300
      www.shopcherish.com

    • Shopping in the West

      Marin County: Christopher Home

      Christopher Downs, owner of Christopher Home in Tiburon, gives tips on how to create a beach house look at home. He suggested hanging buoys, yacht pennants, and old lighthouse lanterns to telegraph nautical charm. Try West Marine boating supplies as a source for accents. Choose rough-hewn materials, like jute for a rug. And use bits of sailcloth or canvas for throw pillows or upholstery; they not only round out the look, but lend a relaxed, lived-in feel. Give walls a slick of bright white paint, which "instantly brings a light, summery feeling to any interior," Christopher says. Limit your palette to three or four colors—a neutral base with graphic hues "like navy or red, to make things pop," he says.
      Home décor
      88 Main St., Tiburon, CA; 415/435-0111

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    • City Beer Store

      SoMa: City Beer Store

      Owners Craig and Beth Wathen are usually working the bar at their encyclopedic store. They can point you toward bottles of Goose Island’s Bourbon County Stout, one of the nation’s first and best bourbon-barrel beers. Brewed in Chicago and black as tar, it tastes of cinnamon and raisin, toasted coconut, and sweet pipe smoke. At the in-store bar, the on-tap list changes weekly, but you might find Firestone Walker’s Abacus, a bourbon-barreled barley wine laced with silky fig, brandy, and butter. Order some cheeses and chocolates and you’ve got yourself a meal.
      Specialty foods
      Open daily
      1168 Folsom St., San Francisco, CA; 415/503-1033
      www.citybeerstore.com

    • Shopping in the West

      Potrero Hill: Collage Gallery

      Think of Collage as an artful way to recycle. Household flotsam—eggshells, leftover Halloween glitter, an Anthropologie catalog—becomes treasure. Plus, Collage can dress up an ugly piece of furniture. The five-hour collage class that Delisa Sage, owner of San Francisco’s Collage Gallery, hosts in her Marin home gets you started. Not only do you walk away with wall art, but the process of fitting bits of this and that together is also calming and rewarding.
      Arts & crafts / Jewelry / Gifts
      Open daily, class times vary
      Classes from $125, including materials; registration required
      1345 18th St., San Francisco, CA; 415/282-4401
      www.collage-gallery.com

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    • Shopping in the West

      East Bay: The Dry Garden Nursery

      Shop for hard-to-find Begonia boliviensis, mathiasella, bupleuroides and Marlborough rock daisies at the Dry Garden Nursery in Oakland.
      Garden/ Flowers & plants
      Open daily
      6556 Shattuck Ave, Oakland, CA; 510/547-3564
      www.thedrygardennursery.com

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    • Eden & Eden

      Financial District: Eden & Eden

      Much of what you see in Eden & Eden, a wonderfully eclectic Financial District boutique, is sourced by owner Rachel Eden from buzzworthy designers and traditional craftspeople in Eden’s native England. Check out the teapots with wool cozies hand-knit locally; a porcelain menagerie cast in Poland from the original midcentury molds; sweet knit dresses and scarves; and dramatic jewelry with lacy wings and voluminous Elizabethan ruffs among the motifs.
      Home décor / Women’s clothing
      Open daily
      560 Jackson St., San Francisco, CA; 415/983-0490
      www.edenandeden.com

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    • Fleurt

      Richmond: Fleurt

      Pick up orchids potted with branches and mosses, lots and lots of succulents, and quirky garden decor. This elegant, sweet-smelling shop excels at custom-designed, super-seasonal bouquets.
      Flowers & plants
      Closed Sundays
      15 Clement St., San Francisco, CA; 415/751-2747
      www.fleurtstyle.com

    • Shopping in the West

      Tenderloin: Floréal L’Atelier

      For pretty, fresh flowers and finds from French flea markets, stop by Floréal L’Atelier. The giant papier-mâché mushrooms by artist Kemit Amenophis are straight out of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
      Flowers & plants / Home décor
      Open Mon-Fri and by appointment
      533 Taylor St., San Francisco, CA; 415/885-4261
      www.florealsf.com

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    • Giant Robot

      Haight-Ashbury: Giant Robot

      The Upper Haight shop Giant Robot San Francisco shows prints and originals from pop culture-inspired artists—almost all of it as affordable as it is fun.
      Arts & crafts
      Open daily
      618 Shrader St., San Francisco, CA; 415/876-4773
      www.gr-sf.com

    • Shopping in the West

      Richmond: Green Apple Books

      Crammed with all manner of titles, indie-to-the-core Green Apple reminds you what bookstores used to be. Buy, sell, or trade your books, music, and DVDs here.
      Books
      Open daily
      506 Clement St., San Francisco, CA; 415/387-2272
      www.greenapplebooks.com

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    • Greenlight Concepts

      Various locations: Greenlight Concepts

      Built from reclaimed stoplight lenses, this San Francisco shop’s pendant lamp could star as your next kitchen light fixture. Available in—you guessed it—red, yellow, and green (looks blue until lit), plus clear. Lamps from $90.
      Home décor
      Available online or from various San Francisco vendors
      415/287-3491
      www.greenlightconcepts.com

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    • Half Moon Bay Wine & Cheese Company

      Peninsula: Half Moon Bay Wine & Cheese Company

      The Half Moon Bay Wine & Cheese Company carries a variety of boutique bottles, including more than 120 California and Oregon Pinot Noirs. Feeling spendy? Ask to see the big-sticker Bordeaux in the "jewel bin." Also on hand: cheeses, olive oils, and picnic baskets.
      Specialty foods
      421 Main St., Half Moon Bay, CA; 650/726-1520
      www.hmbwineandcheese.com

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    • Hillcrest Ranch Olive Oil

      East Bay: Hillcrest Ranch Olive Oil (at Sunol Jazz Cafe)

      At Sunol Jazz Cafe, pick up a bottle of grassy, crisp Hillcrest Ranch Olive Oil, made in hills neighboring the nearby ones you can hike.
      Specialty foods
      Sunol Jazz Cafe: 11984 Main St.; 925/862-2000
      www.hillcrestrancholiveoil.com

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    • INNA jam

      East Bay: INNA jam

      This Berkeley company’s lush, intensely flavored jam spread on buttermilk biscuits will beam you back to summer.
      Specialty foods
      From $12
      Available online or local pick-up in the Berkley area
      www.innajam.com

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    • Janakos & Company

      Peninsula: Janakos & Company

      Family-owned Janakos & Company in Burlingame is full of midcentury pieces like white-leather-and-chrome chairs straight from Charlie’s Angels, a velvet 1930s sofa designed by Timothy Pflueger for the Alameda Theater, and a 1970s Lucite globe chandelier by Verner Panton. "This futuristic chandelier would contrast really well above a rustic, picnic-style dining table," design pro Chloe Warner says. She loves the variety here, from one-of-a-kind Spanish revival antiques to paisley-patterned highball glasses. Don’t miss Janakos’s new 1,200-square-foot outlet warehouse next door.
      Antiques
      Open daily
      1001 California Dr., Burlingame, CA; 650/344-4050
      www.burlingameantiques.com

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    • Berkeley Horticultural Nursery

      East Bay: Juniper Ridge (at Berkeley Horticultural Nursery)

      Open since 1922, this full-service nursery features all manner of plants, including their popular organic edibles. Along with their broad variety of garden essentials, the shop also carries accessories like Juniper Ridge’s foresty-scented incense (pictured; $8/pack of 40), crafted from wild-harvested—and clean-burning—leaves, wood, and resin.
      Garden / Flowers & plants
      Closed Thursdays
      1310 McGee Ave., Berkeley, CA; 510/ 526 4704
      www.juniperridge.com

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    • Shopping in the West

      Tenderloin: Leftovers

      "You may end up digging around a bit, but it’s worth it," design pro Chloe Warner says of the etched crystal goblets, apothecary jars with cork lids, and ladylike blue-and-white porcelain plates at the newest Leftovers outpost (the flagship is nearby: closed Tuesdays; 1259 Polk St., San Francisco, CA; 415/404-6540). "I’ve found cheeky salt and pepper shakers, coral napkin rings, and graphic dessert plates."
      Antiques
      Closed Tuesdays
      1243 Sutter St., San Francisco, CA; 415/409-0088
      www.leftoverstores.com

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    • Mollusk Surf Shop

      Sunset: Mollusk Surf Shop

      At this gallery and store dedicated to all things wave-related, you can shop for a longboard, get a limited-edition T-shirt, or attend an art opening. Ability to hang 10 not required.
      Men’s clothing / Women’s clothing / Arts & crafts / Sporting goods
      Open daily
      4500 Irving St., San Francisco, CA; 415/564-6300
      www.mollusksurfshop.com

    • Nicasio Valley Cheese Company

      Marin County: Nicasio Valley Cheese Company

      One of our favorite Northern California cheesemakers. Stop at their creamery’s store, not far from Point Reyes, to pick up organic cow’s milk selections like the amazingly fresh and versatile Foggy Morning.
      Specialty foods
      Closed Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays
      5300 Nicasio Valley Road, Nicasio, CA; 415/662-6200
      www.nicasiocheese.com

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    • Shopping in the West

      Marin County: Out-N-In.com

      This product line of R-Space Design is the only local Bay Area company that does digital image printing for outdoor products. From pillows to tablecloths, furniture to custom orders—each product is produced and manufactured in Sausalito, California.
      Home décor
      Available online
      www.out-n-in.com

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    • Park Life

      Richmond: Park Life

      Despite the spare, airy atmosphere, it’s easy to get lost in this gallery/curiosity shop. Browsing the shelves lined with Rubik’s Cube clocks and retro T-shirts. Looking at the contemporary exhibits by local and visiting artists. And standing around the center table, flipping through what has to be the city’s best collection of arty coffee-table books.
      Arts & crafts
      Open daily
      220 Clement St. San Francisco, CA; 415/386-7275
      www.parklifestore.com

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    • Past Perfect

      Marina: Past Perfect

      "When I need an anchor piece for a room, like a mottled gold screen or an oversize bamboo-framed mirror, this is where I go," design pro Chloe Warner says of Past Perfect, a massive store in the Marina. Striped red-and-white Italian glass table lamps, oil paintings in gilded frames, shiny brass trunks with nailhead trim, black-and-white silhouette prints, and lime green sectional sofas pop against the store’s all-white walls. For jewelry, mirrored coffee tables, and Murano glass decanters, visit Past Perfect’s same-name sister store (2224 Union St., S.F.; 415/929-7651), four blocks away.
      Antiques
      Open daily
      2246 Lombard St., S.F.; 415/929-2288

    • Shopping in the West

      Glen Park: Perch

      This boutique specializes in urban gifts and home accents. The shop’s ever-changing stock reflects owners Zoel Fages and Sue Pulhorn’s love of all things modern and vintage, local and international.
      Home décor/ Lifestyle
      Open daily
      654 Chenery St., San Francisco, CA ; 415/586-9000
      www.perchsf.com

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    • Period George

      Richmond: Period George

      Be careful weaving through the piles of delicate antique plates stacked inside, where you’ll find a mostly used (but carefully curated) stash of English bone china, dessert wineglasses, and teacups for every time of day. Puts anything your grandma might leave you to shame.
      Antiques
      Open daily
      7 Clement St., San Francisco, CA; 415/752-1900
      www.periodgeorge.net

    • Rare Device

      The Castro: Rare Device

      "Rare Device is the ultimate hipster design store," local designer Meg Mateo Ilasco says of the bright, airy space on Upper Market. "It’s a great place to find unique gifts." On display in Rena Tom and Lisa Congdon’s shop are Oaklander Natalie Davis’s wooden apple trinket boxes, hand-built ceramic candy and tea bowls from Lithuania’s Aida Dirse, and San Franciscan Jo Boyer’s tactile barnacle tiles. An adjoining gallery space hosts monthly exhibits.
      Home décor
      Closed Mondays
      1845 Market St., San Francisco, CA; 415/863-3969
      www.raredevice.net

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    • Redmond Aldrich Design

      Potrero Hill: Redmond Aldrich Design

      Chloe Warner, founder of Redmond Aldrich Design, loves to mix and match styles, in the process giving new life to vintage pieces. Scoring a good deal doesn’t hurt either. "When I encounter a room that looks too 'done,' I go to a consignment shop to find something to throw the mix off a bit," she says. To avoid the straight-out-of-a-catalog look, Chloe hits up vintage shops for just the right finishing touch.
      Home décor / Interior design
      Open daily
      550 15th St., Suite #20 San Francisco, CA; 415/ 970-2464
      www.redmondaldrich.com

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    • Retro @ Home

      East Bay: Retro @ Home

      In Emeryville, interior designer Val Perez-Ibardolasa presides over Retro @ Home’s collection of milk-glass art, kitschy tiki mugs, and Hawaiian dolls, as well as large pieces like a triptych by Oakland artist Michael Maes, a wood credenza by Peter Hvidt, and re-covered Danish modern sofas. "The upholstered stuff is straight out of Mad Men," says design pro Chloe Warner. "And I love how the small pieces are arranged by color on drop-dead gorgeous étagères."
      Antiques
      Closed Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdasy
      3811 San Pablo Ave., Emeryville, CA
      510/658-6600
      www.retroathome.com

    • Roots Collaborative

      Marin County: Roots Collaborative

      A small but mighty shop showing off more than 70 local artists, Roots Collaborative stocks only products made within a 50-mile radius. "Farmers’ markets define 'local’ with a 100-mile radius," says John Vignale, who co-owns the shop with his wife, Catherine. "But with so many craftsmen nearby, we wanted to do better."
      Specialty foods
      Open daily
      84 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley, CA; 415/388-7668.
      rootscollaborative.wordpress.com

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    • Shopping in the West

      Richmond: Seedstore

      Hiding among the Inner Richmond’s nail salons, pho spots, and tween-packed bubble-tea bars are classic indie shops like Seedstore.
      Women’s clothing / Men’s clothing
      Open daily
      212 Clement St., San Francisco, CA; 415/386-1600
      www.seedstoresf.com

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    • Smith & Fong Co.

      SoMa: Smith & Fong Co.

      Rather than buying a desk at an office–supply store, get creative and you’re your own. You can find a long countertop, made of Plyboo Neopolitan Strand bamboo plywood at Smith & Fong Co.; it makes a good drafting table. Shelves above and below the counter hold his books.
      Design / Home décor
      475 6th St., San Francisco, CA; 415/896-0577
      www.plyboo.com

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    • Shopping in the West

      Peninsula: Sweet Shop

      Stacy Sullivan, an HR director at Google, has given her hometown of Los Altos a new gathering place. The Sweet Shop is a cheery little nook on a residential street, where bikes pile up after school as kids scoop bulk candy out of glass jars. Locals snap up handmade Clairesquares, an $8 trio of Irish shortbread cookies layered with caramel and chocolate. The shop also serves lunch ($).
      Specialty foods
      Closed Mondays
      994 Los Altos Ave., Los Altos, CA; 650/ 941-7467
      www.sweetshoplosaltos.com

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    • Shopping in the West

      Hayes Valley: Tazi Designs Inc.

      Stop here for Moroccan furnishings and home accents like leather poufs, hand-crafted mosaic fountains, Berber rugs, and more.
      Home décor
      Closed Sundays and Mondays
      333 Linden St., San Francisco, CA; 415/ 503-0013
      www.tazidesigns.com

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    • TCHO

      Embarcadero: TCHO

      San Francisco’s Tcho makes a 67% cacao Citrus bar that tastes lemony bright ($6 for 58 grams).
      Specialty foods
      Open daily; free tours at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
      Pier 17, San Francisco, CA; 415/ 981-0189
      www.tcho.com

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    • Updated May 2011. Please be sure to confirm all details before visiting these locations.

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