For vegetarians and vegans who refuse to wear animal products of any kind finding the right shoes can be a struggle. All that leather and suede. Otsu, located at 16th and Guerrero in the Mission district, has filled that void, selling exclussively shoes and accessories such as belts and bags made with no animal products whatsoever. The selection is somewhat small, but the items are generally colorful and stylish. At last a shopping alternative for vegans in the neighborhood.
PROS: All vegan. stylin'.
Dog Eared Books on Valencia street is my favorite used bookstore in the Mission district. This is saying a lot, as there seems to be a bookstore every block on Valencia Street. It is a cozy atmosphere, perfect for browsing, not to large but with plenty of selection. It is well organized and the staff is helpful, making it easy to navigate. There are always sales on overstock titles, so I always seem to find something interesting for under ten bucks.
PROS: deals, easy to browse through
This is a beverage catering service based in San Francisco that services the Bay Area and much of California. They supply bar services for events as large as the Cochella music festival to smaller events like weddings and receptions. They can accomodate any atmosphere, from very fancy to plain attire. Bartenders experience varies, the more upscale events typically using the best staff, so you can never be exactly certain what you might get.
If it's fiction you're interested in this may not be the place, but for progressive left-leaning politics it can't be topped. This store is worker owned and operated and stocks titles from todays finest culture critics on a wide range of topics from feminism to the anti-globalization movement. Unfortunately there is little in the way of used books here.
This is my favorite book store in the city. It's huge. They had to open a second store next door called the "Green Apple Annex" to stock the fiction. It's good for endless browsing, particularly in the non-fiction section. I've found some very hard to find academic journals here. They also have constant sales on overstock titles, so you can usually find something interesting for pretty cheap.
PROS: tons of books. cheap. good for browsing.
This vintage and used clothing store stocks a wide array of men's and women's clothing. The catch is that it's sold by the pound. Eight dollars a pound to be exact. This is a great place for that perfect gaudy t-shirt and they have tons of them. If you want to buy a nice pair of vintage jeans you may have better luck elsewhere, but those are heavy anyways. The stock is always changing, so you can check in constantly.
PROS: Good deals on light stuff.
Giant Robot is a retail store afilliated with the magazine of the same name, specializing in modern Japanase and Japanese-American culture. They sell clothes, books, magazines, toys and a wide array of interesting trinkets. The store has a heavy bent towards Japanese sci-fi monster movies and hip-hop culture. Thumbs up!
PROS: Totally unique.
Co-operatively owned and operated this grocer specializes in organic and vegetarian food. They stock delicious locally made baked goods and locally grown oeganic produce. Everything is fresh and fairly priced, especially bulk goods. They do not accomdate meat-eaters, so it may not be for every one.
PROS: Fresh. Organic.
When I walked into this place it blew my mind. Maybe it's more of a tourist attraction then a store. Every single kind of insane thing you could wear on your head. Those felt jester's caps that you'd have to be out of your mind to wear...got 'em. A beanie with a propellor on it...for sure. You'd have to be 'krazy' to wear something like this.
Oh my god! The best grocery store in the bay area. A Mecca of food. All the produce is fresh and locally grown and priced well. It is somewhat seasonal, but that's what you can expect when a store buys from top notch local suppliers. Sometimes they'll stock four or five kinds of avacados. Did you even know there were four or five kinds of avacados? exactly.
PROS: The best. Fresh. Local. Cheap-ish.