Glow is a great new nail salon in the city. The prices here are reasonable and the service was professional and quick. I got the Dashing Mani/Pedi for $30.
They have these great spa pedicure chairs with back massage and foot sauna. This place is definitely not your typical hole in the wall city nail salon. They don't use those plug in Dr. Scholl's foot spas. Everything is clean and sterilized. My technician open up a sterilized package of tools before starting my manicure, so I know that this place has pretty high cleanliness standards.
There definitely aren't that many places in the city where you can get a mani/pedi for $30 or less and feel like you probably won't catch something.
They also offer other services such as facials, massages, and waxing.
This place is also conveniently located next to an Albertson's so you can pick up groceries and then get pampered next door. Validated parking.
COCO is located way in the back of a cute brownstone building in the Presidio Heights area. The space is really small and they only had one mist tanning machine when I went there but the whole procedure is quick and because I had an appointment, there was no wait. You should be in and out in less than 15 minutes.
If you've never done it before, the receptionist will show you a quick video and will walk you through the procedure. She was professional and friendly and answered all the questions that I had.
COCO is a good place to try mist tanning because they offer a 2 for 1 special for first time customers. That lessens the sting that it's $30 a pop. Check out their website for other special offers. Appointment recommended.
Nordstrom Rack is an upscale form of Ross Dress for Less. The merchandise is nicer and the store is much cleaner and more organized. Nordstrom Rack is a great place to go find cute shoes. You find a shoe that you like and then bring it to the counter to find its mate. I've found cute BCBG and Coach shoes here before.
West Elm carries fresh and modern furniture that is both stylish and affordable. Perfect for lofts and city living. The store carries furniture, decor and lighting, bedding and bath, and entertaining accessories. Think Pottery Barn, but zen with a bit of an ethnic flare...and a lot cheaper.
As a division of the the Williams Sonoma empire (Williams Sonoma, Pottery Barn, Hold Everything), West Elm also has a catalog and an online store.
The Corte Madera store is located across the freeway from
the main shopping center in Corte Madera.
EQ3 is a step up in quality and style from IKEA but the prices are still quite low. EQ3 has furniture for those with a modern sensibility. Don't look for Pottery Barn type furniture here.
The showroom is located in SOMA on 9th Street (the furniture district) and there's a small parking lot next door that's free. There's also plenty of street parking.
Why pay $10-$15 per class at a dance or yoga studio when you can sign up for a whole semester of classes at City College for under $40?
City College charges $26/unit + $11 Semester Health Fee and the dance/ P.E. classes are all only one unit. Most of the dance classes start at 6pm/8pm so it's convenient to go after work. I think all the classes are held at the Phelan campus, which is easily accessible by BART or Muni.
Only caveat...the instructors at City College do take roll and don't particularly like it when you miss class.
Aldo has really cute and trendy shoes. In my opinion, Aldo shoes are similar to those of Charles David but much cheaper and much cuter than those at Nine West but perhaps a little less sensible. The shoes have a bit of a Euro flavor to them. Although Aldo shoes are not always the most comfortable, I love the styles that they carry (hello stiletto heel).
Aldo has four locations in San Francisco but I have found that the one on Market has the best selection. They always try to get you to buy shoe care products. Don't fall for it!
Aldo also carries Mens shoes.
DSW is like a Ross Dress for Less or a Marshalls, but for shoes and purses. You can find lots of shoes (mostly last season/ year's styles) for men and women on sale. Think Shoe Pavilion but much bigger and with a much larger selection.
I've never been to other locations, but the SF DSW is HUGE! Three floors of shoes and a loft area for puses and bags. Some of the shoes at DSW are kind of funky and you can't imagine anyone wanting to wear them, but you really can find all kinds of shoes here. When I need shoes for a particular outfit, I usually head here first to see if I can find a good deal.
If you become a DSW Reward Your Style member (it's free to join), you not only get discount coupons mailed to you, you also get a $25 reward certificate for every $250 you spend.
You can find everything under the sun on sale at Costco.
TVs, computers, books, dvds, baked goods, fresh fruit, laundry detergent, sunscreen, and mens dress shirts. You can find it all at Costco, probably cheaper than most other retail stores. Costco is also a very good place to get your pictures developed and to buy contact lenses.
Come in after work and pick up a fresh rotisserie chicken or pizza for dinner. On weekends, Costco has a lot of food samples that you can try. The check out lines can be long at times (especially on Sat afternoons) but the SF Costco has plenty of parking.
SF Dancewear is the best place in the city to buy all dance related apparel. If you're taking a dance class, chances are, the instructor will recommend that you purchase your shoes from SF Dancewear. SF Dancewear also hands out discount coupons to teachers so ask yours if he/she has any.
Whether it's ballroom, tap, ballet, or hip-hop, SF Dancewear will probably have the shoe that fits your needs. When I was there, I also found quite a few things on sale/clearance. I found the staff here incredibly friendly and helpful. They really took time to help me find the right shoe and the right fit.
SF Dancewear also has an online store.