This is the only place I trust to go for a manicure or pedicure because I know the instruments are clean and the staff is well trained. This is also a great place to be pampered, with comfy cushioned chairs and very friendly and accomodating workers. And free snacks! They also have massage and waxing, though I've always just done mani/pedi.
Cody's Books is an amazing independent bookstore and I'm so happy they've finally come to SF! Right next door to the Virgin Megastore, and so close to Union Square. The place is huge and they have every book and magazine imaginable and such a knowledgeable staff. They're also great for book readings and signings as well.
Dema is great little shop that's filled with clothes and accessories that I would love to own. Most are made by independent designers and are things that you won't be able to find elsewhere. A great collection of tees too, and they're not horribly expensive. Really cute, funky style.
Kamei is such an amazing store. They have everything you could ever need to outfit a kitchen, and at such low prices. The store has a huge selection of beautiful Chinese and Japenese (and Korean!) dishware and all at only a few dollars per piece. They also sell rice cookers, hot water dispensers, pots and pans, knives, etc. Orchid and bamboo plants too!
I only wish I lived closer so I could shop here more often! This little supermarket is a great find and the quality of produce and other items are top notch. They have great selection of cheeses (and generous samples!) as well as a huge deli counter with fresh made salads and other cooked foods and pre-marinated meats. They also have made-to-order sandwiches, which are a great deal.
This store name is actually called Minnie Wilde, and website is: http://www.minniewilde.com/
I've only been to their new location in the Mission, but I loved the style of clothes they sell here. A lot of the accessories are handmade or one-of-a-kind and prices are decent too. They also have a great selection of cute tees and lots of other really clothes that you would be hard pressed to find elsewhere. The style is relaxed yet funky in a misson hipster kind of way.
This is a great women's sports store in the heart of Noe Valley (also locations in Oakland and Marin) with a huge selection of high quality clothing for yoga, running, biking, jackets, etc. They have a nice selection of running shoes as well. The staff is both knowlegable and very friendly. The store is also very active in the community and there is always some type of event going on. They also have a triathlon training program.
I am infatuated with this store's own brand of super cute dog collars and leashes, called Bella Bean.
The store also has a lot of items for the pampered small dog, like carrier bags, clothing, jackets, etc., all in designer brands that Paris Hilton would love to get for her pup. This is also a great place to prepare for a dog's birthday, with a huge selection of baked doggie treats, cupcakes, birthday cakes, etc.
While items tend to be priced a little out of my budget, it's a fun place to browse.
btw, the website is actually www.bellaanddaisys.com
Unfortunately I think the space of this store is too large for the amount of merchandise that the store contains. I wish they had more selection!
Other than that, this is a great pet store with a very friendly and knowledgable staff. I like the treat "buffet" where for $5 you can fill a chinese take out box with many different types of dog treats. They also have a mini bakery with cookies, muffins, etc. for dogs. They have some self serve dog washing facilities as well.
This is a neighborhood pet store that is well stocked with high quality items for your dog or cat. They have premium dog and cat food as well as the cheaper brands, and a huge selection of toys, dog beds and carriers, and all the best dog treats. I love how they sell treats individually so you can pick up something for under a couple dollars. They even have a mini dog bakery where you can pick up dog muffins, cookies, birthday cakes, etc. And Frosty Paws- dog ice cream!
Very friendly staff as well.