One of best things about living in San Francisco is the cornucopia of unique small businesses. Local businesses are the backbone of any community, so I greatly believe in the importance of supporting them, especially in an era where it’s far too convenient to shop online. With Small Business Saturday just around the corner, I’ve partnered with Uber to highlight my top 5, best loved businesses. And thanks to the “Saved Places” feature in the Uber app, I’m able to efficiently bounce around town, hitting up my favorite haunts without having to deal with the hectic parking situation, especially this time of year. So, if you’re ever in The City By The Bay, be sure to bookmark these incredibly fun destinations. And if holiday shopping is in the plans this holiday weekend, I hope that you’ll get out this Saturday and support your local small businesses!
Metier, 546 Laguna Street, Hayes Valley: Sheri Evans and Trina Papini have been buying estate and modern jewelry for their stunning jewel box of a boutique for over 20 years. Their shared passion for storied trinkets and modern approach for procuring keepsakes means they’ve amassed a covetable collection of jewelry from nearly every era. I’m a sucker for antique jewelry and love that every visit to Metier is never without an awe inspiring, historical anecdote.
St. Lightning, 1813 Polk Street, Russian Hill: Jenni Witt and Sita Lindner founded their Russian Hill boutique with the intention to celebrate goods made by individuals and small companies that utilize sustainable and artisanal practices. The 60s and 70s vibe, is perfected with a fabulous assortment of vintage closing and a killer collection of vintage denim, all of which is customizable with alterations and hand embroidered patches. Groovy.
Le Marais Bakery, 498 Sanchez St, Castro: If you’re ever missing France, or in the mood for the best almond croissant in town, head to Le Marais Bakery. Inspired by his childhood spent in Paris, Patrick Ascaso set out to bring back the traditional methods of bread and croissant making, using natural levain and long fermentation. It’s a family affair at Le Marais – you might even run into Patrick’s wife and daughter working behind the bakery counter on the weekends!
St. Frank, 3665 Sacramento Street, Laurel Heights: St. Frank has satisfied my wanderlust the moment Christina Bryant opened her store on Sacramento Street a few year ago. The boutique has the most fabulously unique selection of artisanal finds like one-of-a-kind framed textiles, handwoven rugs, candles, pillows made from vintage fabrics, and tribal wall art from Mali, Peru, India, Uzbekistan, Turkey and Mexico. I mean, what’s better than a globetrotting personal shopper?
Ampersand, 80 Albion St, Mission: Tucked away on a quiet little side street in the Mission, Ampersand is quite possibly the most charming flower shop you’ll find in San Francisco. Actually, in the Bay Area. It’s that good. Founders Benjamin and Emerson left their corporate jobs years ago to pursue their passion for florals, in search of beauty and community. It’s especially cozy in the winter months, were you might want to just curl on the sofa with a cup of hot cocoa, a gorgeous bouquet and a bag of thoughtful gifts for friends.