The Supperclub is a great place to go for a special occasion, especially if you want something unusual. It's a combination bar, restaurant, floor show and late night club. The food is pretty good, but the drinks are better. You get to eat while sitting on couches/beds (very Roman) while watching all kinds of different performance art acts. It's edgy and wild and fun. I have a feeling that it's a different show (or variations on the themes) each night. You have to make reservations many days ahead, but totally worth it.
We went to David Clay to reset my mother-in-law-to-be's engagement ring when it became my ring. We met with Serena multiple times looking at different examples of settings and options. We ended up describing a setting we had seen elsewhere and Serena sketched it out and made it just for us. We wanted to have the ring ready by the time we went home to CT for Christmas. Serena worked with us to make sure we met our tight deadline, even with the busy holiday rush. She even came to our house so we could see the wax cast before it was made since our work schedules made it hard to get to the store! The ring came out more beautiful than I could have hoped.
Christopher's Books is a lovely little neighborhood book shop. It isn't very large, but the collection is quite nice. It's a neat assortment. The stacks lend themselves to wandering up and down and browsing. They also have cards and other things.
The Good Life Grocery is a lovely little grocery in Potrero Hill. They carry a lot of organic and "specialty" foods. But they are also good for when you just need a cup of sugar or eggs and don't want to run all the way down the hill. The staff is always super nice and friendly too.
Rudy's is great, especially for brunch on the weekends. They serve breakfast all day (though the selection is larger on the weekends) and they are very vegetarian friendly -- you can get veggie sausage with just about everything.
The decor is fun and punky. Most of the wait staff have the most wonderful tattoos. It's a nice combination of local folks, college crowd and those passing through. Worth the trip to Emeryville!
I love stopping by the Acme Bread Company bakery instead of picking up one of their loaves at the grocery. The shop smells so good -- it's hard to pick just a few things. Whole wheats, sourdough, French baguettes and more.
The little cafe that is attached to the bakery is also wonderful, though be warned it gets quite crowded, especially on the weekends. But the food is so good and fresh. I like to pick something up there for a picnic, though they do have limited seating there.
I love going to Thimblecreek because they always have the most beautiful quilts on display. And they are all samples of what you can make at their classes. I have taken a number of classes there, and they were all great. The teachers are very knowledgeable and patient and really want to help you make the best quilt that you can. The selection of fabrics is wonderful, and they change all the time. So be sure to stop by to see what is new.
This was one of the first quilt shops I discovered in the Bay Area. They always have a lovely selection of fabrics, with a whole room devoted to flannels. They have a bunch of things pre-cut into fat quarters as well. My mother is also a quilter and when she visits from CT we always stop so she can see what fabrics are available on the West Coast.
This was the first knitting store I found in San Francisco. It's a lovely shop, with a large selection of yarns. The staff is always friendly and willing to help you figure out a pattern and what you need. They will special order yarn for you too, if they don't have what you need in stock. They do classes and also have a 'drop-in' time went you can knit together and get help with your project.
I don't know why I waited as long as I did to go here, but this is one of my favorite yarn shops in San Francisco. It's floor to ceiling yarns, organized by weight. They even have the animal fibers in a separate room from the cottons, silks, etc for folks who have allergies.
The staff is very helpful. The options of yarn with color, texture, it's all just lovely. I can't help but walk around and pet all the different yarns.
They have all kinds of notions and needles as well. They also offer classes. And they work with a number of charities in the area as a drop-off point where you can donate your knitted creations.