things i love: shopping local + small

I saw my favorite coffee shop in Chicago post a sign that said "shop small or risk becoming the suburbs you fled" and I FELT that. While the burbs aren't all bad, to me, small locally-owned shops are what make our communities vibrant, special and wonderful. If you're able to support any of these amazing businesses this holiday season as you shop for others (or yourself!) I'm sure they'd be infinitely grateful! Knowing someone had an idea and made it happen is beautiful and it's an honor to support these dreamers!


FOOD + DRINK

Haus - low abc aperitifs! - IG: @drinkhaus

Babe's Boards - cheese + charcuterie delivery! founded by one of my lovely yoga students - IG: @babesboards.ca

Andytown - my favorite neighborhood coffee shop, great beans + merch - IG: @andytownsf

Snowbird - my favorite not-in-my-hood coffee shop, great beans, their slogan is coffee for the dreamers and I like that very much - IG: @snowbirdcoffee

Red Bay Coffee - black owned, east bay coffee. v good. - IG: @redbaycoffee

Belden Barns - family owned winery in the Sonoma Mountains, super delicious, great price point, try the sauvignon blanc, the gruner, grenache + bubbles, you won't be sorry. - IG: @beldenbarns

Salt Point - founded in mill valley, cocktails in a can, three shots per can... need I say more? - IG: @saltpoint_co

Laughing Monk - great beer, great people, lovely design that makes me want to buy all of their merch - @laughingmonkbrewing

Palm City Wines - amazeballs natural wine selection + great eats (read: hoagies) too. I should add the opened DURING the pandemic - @palmcitywines


CLOTHES + JEWELRY

Maddy + Orie - stunning jewelry, brilliant pieces with turquoise - IG: @maddyandorie

Bustle Worship - vintage reimagined, custom denim embroidered jackets - IG: @bustleworship

Taylor Jay - sustainable clothing - IG: @shoptaylorjay

Longway California - ethical clothing made in California and Peru - IG: @longwaycalifornia

Ziran - sustainably made chinese silk masks - IG: @theziran

Summer Project Co - sunglass/mask chains because if we have to wear these things, we might as well make it fashion - IG: @summerprojectco

Only Child - cozy, simple clothing made in Oakland - @only_child

Lykke Wullf - sustainable, durable, California-made clothing. I like their take a hike tote + sherpa beanie - @lykkewullf

Mountainside Made - really beautiful handmade jewelry inspired by travel - @mountainside_made

ART + MAKERS

3 Fish Studios - "I love you California" prints + more. used to be a storefront in the outer sunset. IG: @3fishstudios

Alimo - surf prints, shirts, mugs + more - IG: @alimofun

Ally Martin Prints - beachy print vibes - IG: @allybmartin

The Great Highway - outer sunset art gallery - IG: @thegreathighway

Molly M Designs - professionally trained architect turned artist - IG: @mollymdesigns

Pacific Worn Lumber - art + frames made from foraged lumber from the norcal coastline, yes please - IG: @pacificwornlumber

Orlie Kapitulnik - cutie little custom pet prints + a former printmaker at 3 fish studios - IG: @orliegrams

Anastasia Tumanova - an amazing sf-based ceramicist + painter - IG: @anastasiatumanova_

Traveling Calligrapher - travel inspired calligraphy art - IG: @travelingcalligrapher

Sean Hipkin - whimsical illustrations - IG: @sean.hipkin

Williwildflower - the most beautiful forever wreaths, just DM to have one custom made - IG: @williwildflower

Woodshop - gifts and art, mostly surf related, gorgeous wooden boards by luke bartels - @woodshopsf

Sam Lee - drawings and ceramics, owner of dusted + blue pottery shop and studio - @samleehello


LOCAL GIFT SHOPS

Tidepool - the cutest new shop in montara featuring all sorts of gifts + art, used to be home to montara army supply IG: @tidepool.ca

Traveler - surf club in pacifica with an amazing selection of books, gifts + more, female founded, with a second location in malibu - IG: @traveler_surf_club

Tunnel Records - record + home goods shop in the outer sunset, owned by the same folks as boa vida (a cafe I am in love with) - IG: @tunnelrecords

Often Wander - lovely jewelry + soy candles, women owned - IG: @oftenwander

Rare Device - one of my favorite shops in sf with all sorts of great gifts, cards + more - IG: @raredevice

Foggy Notion - so many great gifts - IG: @foggynotionsf

Blackbird Bookstore - amazing amazing book selection, gifts, plants + curated book boxes, located in the outer sunset - IG: @blackbirdbooksf

Jenny Lemons - art store, school and more - IG: @jennylemons

Establish - lots of local love in this shop, including great sf + sunset tee's - IG: @establishsf

Case for Making - handmade art supplies - IG: @caseformaking

Dog Eared Books - mostly books, really lovely to wander in - IG: @dogearedvalencia

Earthen - handmade ceramics, jewelry, homeware and more, woman-owned - IG: @earthen_shop


YOGA + SELF CARE

Acupop - acupuncture, cupping, massage goodness - IG: @acupop

Yogaflow - yoga! a studio I teach at and love - IG: @yogaflowsf

Yogabeach - yoga! a studio I teach at and love - IG: @yogabeachsf

Love Story Yoga - yoga! one of my favorite studios in sf - IG: @lovestoryyoga

The Pad Studios - yoga! where I was trained to teach yoga - IG: @thepadstudios

Scarlet Sage Herb Co - herbal apothecary - IG: @thescarletsage

Posh Green Cannabis Boutique - black female owned dispensary - IG: @poshgreenretail

Vera - amazing skincare + facials + more owned by a lovely lady named yoli who started this business right before the pandemic happened (fun!) - IG: @verasanfrancisco

Drifter Organics - more skincare goodness, made by a mother-daughter duo in Oakland, how cute is that - IG: @drifterorganics

Kaliks - even more natural skincare goodness - IG: @kalikscollective


Thank you to everyone who sent me their favorite small businesses!!! If I forgot one you sent me + would love for it to be added, please let me know! Happy shopping ❤️


P.S. If you can't buy, following and engaging with their posts helps businesses too. xo

P.P.S. None of these images are my own.

Recent Posts

See All