With full stomachs after enjoying breakfast at The Butler and the Chef we continued on our journey of scouting out the great stores of San Francisco. With notes on stores written years ago, some given to us by friends, other stores seen only in print and online, we google-mapped each location and started our journey.
A few highlights...
Robin's new place of business... HD Buttercup in SOMA.
Robin had the day off to tour with us but we were happily greeted by our old friend and past Nantucketeer, Neisa.
HD Buttercup's flagship store is in L.A. and they just opened their San Francisco location with Robin helping lead the team. (As you can see, no heater here either).
Zonal on Hayes offers a lot to take in. Local art, found objects and reclaimed pieces make this store intriguing and elaborate.
We love how they group their antique collections together.
Our list then lead us to Cisco Home and Marc Jacobs... who could resist this window filled with colorful rainboots?
We then headed down a little alleyway to see if Nan's memory served her correctly in finding one of our old vendors. She found it and then slipped through the secret door.
We also found one of the locations of the famous Blue Bottle Coffee Company.
I wanted to try a cup for myself but didn't want to wait in line... it was just way too cold outside.
We did take the time to admire the neighborhood's sidewalk planters
and the dogs waiting for their owners to get their coffee.
On the way to the next stop we took in a few neighborhoods... never getting out of the car though. Again, it was too cold!
And we just couldn't take a trip to the city without visiting Sue Fisher King. We were there just in time for their January Sale and found some great deals!
There you have it. The Research and Development part of our day was completed. We then headed to Union Square to take in some sale shopping (boots, really).
Continue reading "Research and Development" »