• Homestead apothecary San francisco (Health & Beauty, Bath & Body)
  • Homestead Apothecary began in 2011 as a wholesale line based in western Massachusetts that made the cross-country journey with founder Nicholas Weinstein, landing in Oakland’s Temescal Alley in 2013. Don’t be fooled by the name, though - the minimalist flagship store, nestled amongst other unique independent retailers, is a far cry from the musty medicinal shops of yesteryear. “I would say the apothecary, along with a lot of other specialty… More info
    486 49th St #C, Oakland, 94609
  • Owl & company bookshop San francisco (Books & Music, Bookstore)
  • Across the Bay in Oakland, Piedmont Avenue is the ultimate destination for readers, intellectuals, pop culture enthusiasts and collectors. For within a tight four-block radius are four venerable secondhand bookshops, as well as a magazine store and a comic book shop. Michael Calvello, owner of Owl & Company Bookshop, took over in 2013, gradually shifting the store’s focus to become more general interest. “In the beginning it was a little more… More info
    3941 Piedmont Ave, Oakland, 94611
  • Le point San francisco (Clothing, Women's Clothing)
  • Sitting at the corner of Valencia and 14th Streets in the Mission, Le Point by stylist and owner Pauline Montupet is helping redefine the startup capital’s sartorially inept reputation. “The idea that San Francisco is a city full of fleece jackets and yoga pants is a really antiquated notion,” says Montupet, whose career has kept her bouncing back and forth between the Bay Area and New York City. “The style here is really developing towards… More info
    301 Valencia St, San Francisco, 94103
  • Crimson horticultural rarities San francisco (Home & Design, Flowers & Garden)
  • Crimson Horticultural Rarities, located in Oakland’s vibrant Temescal Alley, represents the perfect fusion of owners Allison and Lonna’s ideas. Both Allison, a public health researcher with a passion for horticulture, and Lonna, who had previously owned a gardening company in New York, started separately with their own independent businesses, but once they became friends and realized how much their goals and visions meshed, they decided to join… More info
    470 49th St, Oakland, 94609
  • Case for making San francisco (Other, Arts & Crafts)
  • Case for Making, an art and design supply store that hosts frequent workshops in the Outer Sunset, began as a collaboration between four friends. In 2010, the group received a grant from Southern Exposure and, over the course of the next year, produced numerous art installations that were subsequently self-published in a catalog entitled “A Case for Making.” Two of the original quartet, sisters Katherine and Sarah Fontaine, decided to focus their… More info
    4037 Judah St, San Francisco, 94122
  • Freda salvador San francisco (Accessories, Women's Shoes)
  • Fashion-forward women’s shoe line Freda Salvador is the brainchild of co-founders and designers Cristina Palomo Nelson and Megan Papay. They first met while working for the same fashion comfort footwear brand, and quickly realized that they had a lot in common. Paying homage to Mexican artist Frida Kahlo for her “bad ass attitude” and Nelson’s home country of El Salvador, where her family has been making shoes for over sixty years, the duo… More info
    2416 Fillmore St, San Francisco, 94115
  • Sou sou San francisco (Accessories, Bags)
  • Located on the second floor of New People, the shopping and entertainment complex that promotes Japanese pop culture, SOU SOU offers a modern twist on traditional Japanese footwear and clothing. An extension of the Kyoto-based label that was founded in 2002 by textile designer Katsuji Wakasaka (formerly of Marimekko), architect Hisanobu Tsujimura and apparel designer Takeshi Wakabayashi, the San Francisco outpost originally began as a pop-up… More info
    1746 Post St, San Francisco, 94115
  • Marisa mason San francisco (Accessories, Jewelry)
  • Tucked into Temescal Alley, a micro art and design district located in Oakland just off 49th Street, is Marisa Mason, a treasure trove for unique handmade jewelry. Formerly known as Marisa Haskell, the warm wooden interior features designs by the eponymous owner as well as rich textiles, candles and other small homeware objects by local artisans. A born and bred Californian, Marisa’s jewelry line has a distinct earthen, tribal vibe that her… More info
    470 49th St, Oakland, 94609
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