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Five Best New Boutiques for Local Shopping in SF

By: Chloe Valdez March 5, 2015

San Francisco’s shopping scene is in full bloom, constantly evolving to suit the city’s trends, tastes and needs. Keeping tabs on the latest pop-ups and storefronts is no small feat.  To get a head start, we’ve weeded through some of the best boutiques to present you with a guide of the freshest stores for shopping fun.

Mel Rice Ceramica

 The Mission District

Usually, the expression “hole in the wall” is just that—an expression.  But tucked behind a chevroned dutch door, San Francisco’s tiniest ceramics boutique takes it literally! This closet-sized space requires customers to shop from the sidewalk. You’ll love the minimal yet bold designs of local potter Mel Rice.

Come here to: Outfit your kitchen.

Mel Rice Ceramica is little but has a lot of character

Mel Rice Ceramica 853 Valencia St. melriceceramica.com

Warby Parker

Hayes Valley

You may have heard of eyeglass makers Warby Parker from their online stores. The New York based store also has physical locations, and they’ve arrived on the west coast. Offering contemporary and vintage-inspired designs, the company is committed spreading their mission to outfit the world with affordable prescription lenses. Even better: for every pair of glasses sold, Warby Parker gives a pair to someone in need.

Come here for: Hip prescriptions and compassionate consumerism.

Warby Parker 357 Hayes St. warbyparker.com

Warby Parker
357 Hayes St.
warbyparker.com

Ferme á Papier

Russian Hill

Formerly an illustrator of custom wedding invitations, artist Cat Seto recently expanded and rebranded her line, opening a storefront on Polk Street.  The new shop features her own line of stationery, plus clothing from Dutch designers Scotch & Soda. Truly a one-stop gift shop, you’ll also find locally made jewelry, tote bags, and cool knick-knacks for the home.

Come here for: hostess gifts and greeting cards.

Ferme á Papier 2406 Polk St. fermeapapier.com

Ferme á Papier
2406 Polk St.
fermeapapier.com

Maker & Moss

Hayes Valley

When you’re searching for that special something that sets your pad apart, look no further than home goods store Maker & Moss. Inside the airy showroom, you’ll find artisanal crafts from bay area designers and a wall full of fabric swatches. Pick your favorite pattern for a custom upholstered chair, or a designer blanket rack (bet you never knew you needed one of those!), to give your place a dash of flair.

Come here for: Your home’s pièce de résistance.

Maker & Moss 364 Hayes St. makerandmoss.com

Maker & Moss
364 Hayes St.
makerandmoss.com

Ampersand

The Mission District

By now we know that we’re passionate about all things locally made-and grown. Tucked away down an alley off of The Mission’s boutique-clad blocks, Benjamin and Emerson, “the gents” of Ampersand, sell local flowers by the stem. Stop by for DIY bouquet, or commission their help for a custom-designed arrangement.

Come here for: Day-brightening florals.

Ampersand 80 Albion St. ampersandsf.com

Ampersand
80 Albion St.
ampersandsf.com

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