It’s July again, and you all know what that means: time to get out while the sun stays up late… and to not leave the house without a full extra later of clothing. Here’s how to make, and where to find, the finest scarves in San Francisco. Try Some: If you’re into fiber art, Imagiknit […]
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Bird & Beckett
Some time before the pandemic, I found myself on a 38 bus that stalled. The driver made a long announcement and pulled over. I was on the reread of As I Lay Dying that confirmed it as my favorite novel of all time. I didn’t pay much attention to what was happening; I was deep […]
Try Some, Buy Some: Socks
My little sister is the sock horse to my shoe horse. Is it a gift occasion? Someone’s getting socks. This list has been very handy for the last while. Rest assured, the designs are zoomer-approved. Try Some: If you’re a yarn person, Imagiknit has several cheeky, colorful patterns that could easily compete with the other […]
Years ago, a Cole Valley Antiques employee explained the standard antique store system to me. Most of them have a central checkout station surrounded by a ton of little enclaves; each of those spaces is rented to an individual specialty seller. The result is what makes Cole Valley Antiques particularly hypnotic: you’re not looking at […]
BowWow and Kitty Too fills a really interesting niche. It’s a standard tourist personalization store, but their products aren’t customized for you: they’re customized for your pets. Start with your best friend’s breed and you can find a huge variety of products in an equally huge variety of styles, often leaning towards the psychedelic. For […]
It goes without saying that the service in Japantown is unparalleled. Unprompted, free of charge, the Asakichi staff offered to wrap our things, and we left with most of our purchases looking crisp and colorful: definitely a better wrapping job than I could do. Which is kind of a problem, because we also bought these […]
SFMOMA Museum Store
We moved into our new place the week before the first lockdown, and we still have more room than we know what to do with. So many of these rooms were designed purely as social spaces, and we obtained them just as their raison d’etre disappeared. Thus we’ve been really dragging our feet on making […]
Local incense dealer Japan Incense, child of Japantown’s Kohshi, has about the cutest burner I’ve ever seen: This was a gift, and came with a wrapping option that I unfortunately didn’t preserve, but it involved washi tape with some very cool sumo poses on it. The store was kind enough to provide an extra incense […]
I’m not so much a clothes horse as a shoe horse. Though most of the designs on UKO are fantastically modern, the Chi ankle boots hit me the hardest: This was another very fast delivery- and an exceptionally high-quality product. They look resilient, fit like a dream, and took less than a day to break […]
minimal‘s products are exactly that: arguably understated, unarguably well-designed. I’m very happy with my new bowl set: they’re sturdy and weighted nicely, and the finish feels as sleek as the lines look. For elegant home goods, show minimal some love!