Looking to shop at small businesses in San Francisco? Here are a few suggestions to find the right item.

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August 29, 2019

Six Ways to Support Small Business in San Francisco

Looking to shop at small businessesin San Francisco? Here are a just a few suggestions while shopping in The City to help you find the right item to check off your list.

For the Art-Inspired

Creativity Explored provides artists with developmental disabilities a community in which to hone their crafts and pursue work as artists. Shopping their unique artwork supports the power of art to change lives and their mission to empower artists. www.creativityexplored.org

Another creative option is 3 Fish Studios, a husband and wife team offering colorful and San Francisco and California-inspired prints, postcards, totes, and other gift items. www.3fishstudios.com

For the Foodie

Give the gift of food education with a gift certificate to the Cheese School of San Francisco. This one-of-kind location offers informal and structured, and fun, learning experiences about...cheese. thecheeseschool.com/

For the First Time Visitor

Look no further than PIER 39 stalwart Only in San Francisco for an item that says "San Francisco". This souvenir superstore is one of the largest retailers of San Francisco gifts, souvenirs and apparel. www.pier39.com

Cliff's Variety in the Castro District also offers a selection of "Only in San Francisco" items, and is a favorite stop for locals and visitors for their collection of household items. www.cliffsvariety.com

Those looking for a token of San Francisco's fondness for all things "Summer of Love" should head to Love on Haight in Haight Ashbury. This funky and happy retailer specializes in tie-dyed clothing and accessories, and the location has been a neighborhood mainstay for more than 25 years. www.loveonhaight-sf.com

For the Beach Lover

Also on PIER 39, Shell Cellar, Inc. offers shells of all shapes, sizes and varieties, recycled byproducts from the Philippines. Find nautical-themed nightlights, home decor, jewelry and more. www.shellcellar.com

For the Experienced Traveler 

Schein & Schein's thousands of antique maps and prints will feed any wanderlust. Located in North Beach, this unique shop offers products from the 14th through 20th centuries, including San Francisco and wine country material. www.scheinandschein.com

For the Reader

Locally-owned bookstore Alexander Book Company is conveniently located on Second Street near both Union Square and Moscone Center. Alexander's offers 50,000 new books over three floors. www.alexanderbook.com

You also may find a unique book-inspired gift with The San Francisco Center for the Book, a non-profit dedicated to the art of the book. sfcb.org

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