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For All Your Bee’s Needs
By Michelle Sieling (Aug 28, 2009)
Since the middle of the last century, San Francisco has been known for its progressive political beliefs. Over the past few decades, it’s also been identified as a foodie haven. It only seems natural that in a blending of the two the city’s residents have embraced the urban gardening phenomena, the movement toward sustainably raising a certain amount of your own food within the limits of a major city. More
Conversation Pieces That Will Woo More Than Just the Wee Ones
By Michelle Sieling (Mar 13, 2009)
Most San Franciscans already know and love the curiosity shop Paxton Gate in the Mission, full of unusual objects and conversation pieces that ignite the imagination. The same folks that brought you that fabulous store just opened in December their new venture, Paxton Gate’s Curiosities for Kids, just a block away from the original on Valencia Street near 19th Street. More
Beautiful Blooms and Graceful Gifts
By Michelle Sieling (Feb 13, 2009)
Once again we’ve reached the time of year for red, white and pink window displays of boxes of chocolates and bouquets of flowers. The rose of course is the flower commonly associated with Valentine’s Day. Dating back to the 17th century, the theory goes that the red rose was chosen as it was the favorite flower of Venus. A single perfect red rose combined with baby’s breath is called a “signature rose” by florists and is the most common way that people demonstrate their love florally on Valentine’s Day. More
Whimiscal Holiday Items
By Nirmala Nataraj (Dec 19, 2008)
Modern legends often conjure a time when holiday gifting actually meant something. Back when families and communities gathered ‘round the Yule log, making merry and celebrating the fruits of the season, meaningless consumption and obligatory but grudgingly given gifts were unheard of. Which means generic gift certificates for the hard-to-shop-for, as well as mass-manufactured Walmart fare, was refreshingly absent from all the festivities. More
Occasions For Being Merry and Maybe Even Finding Gifts
By Jialin Luh (Nov 28, 2008)
The winter holiday season can be at turns trying and filled with merriment. There is much to stress about -- which holiday party invitations to accept or decline, what dish to bring to the holiday gathering, how to stave off the pounds, how to balance your gift-giving spirit with the desire to stay on top of your finances and how to survive family gatherings. With incessant reminders and proclamations about the dismal state of the economy, San Francisco has not been spared from the crunch. But our vibrant city has much to offer this holiday season to lift you out of the blues. More
Surprising Gifts Unfold Around Every Corner
By Michelle Sieling (Oct 30, 2008)
So many times I rode by the store Dandelion on the corner of Potrero Ave. and Alameda Street right on the edge of the Potrero Hill neighborhood but never stopped. I often made a mental note to myself to visit someday but never felt the urgency to because I thought Dandelion was just another gift shop. More
Treasure Trove at Night
By Jialin Luh (Oct 17, 2008)
Every time I return to our beautiful city from a jaunt in The Big Apple I find myself wishing there were more unique concept stores and non-chains open in the later evening hours. Enter Guruguru, open seven days a week from 4pmish to 10:30pmish for the night owls, early lushes and appreciators of aesthetically pleasing objects. More
Tailor-made Bicycles by Customer Choice
By Michelle Sieling (Jun 27, 2008)
In my suburban hometown, we had a bicycle shop not unlike the one in the episode of the Brady Bunch where Peter gets a job repairing bikes. Instead of Mr. Martinelli, though, we had a slight-of build French gentleman named Pierre who wore a blue smock and sold and repaired every kind of bike they could fit in the tiny store, from the tricycle to fancy road racers. More
Making Science Fun For Kids
By Michelle Sieling (May 30, 2008)
New shops and restaurants have been popping up on the 22nd Street corridor in the Mission district between Dolores and Mission over the last year. But until now, there hasn’t been much for kids. That was, until the new toy store Kid Tech moved into the neighborhood a few months ago on 22nd between Dolores and Valencia Streets. More
A Vessel of Sensational Finds
By grace chen (May 2, 2008)
A new vessel just opened its contents on Mission’s 16th Street. It’s called BellJar and it is a quite a deep vessel housing objects of an eclectic and stylish mix. Sasha Wingate, the visionary of this cozy space, showcases a delightful array of pieces that cover home décor, fashion and beauty for all to experience and take home as their own. Wingate explains, “I really felt inspired collecting, decorating and conceptualizing environments and creating these special little moments.” More
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