This weirdly, wonderfully San Franciscan store isn't afraid to be irreverent: The best-selling Boob Bag is covered with a black-and-white print of breasts (the pattern is also splashed across tees, tanks and pillowcases). The in-house designed G&G collection often draws upon the talents of local illustrators, painters and designers, but never skews twee or kitsch. If you're not a fan of over-the-top prints, fear not—the store also stocks understated striped tanks, dresses and tees galore. Many of the shop clerks are also designers and artists themselves. Look out for leather sandals by sometime-shopgirl Rachel Corry, Jenny Pennywood bags and clutches by local fine artist Jen Garrido, and Ursa Major jewelry by recent New York transplant Kate Jones. The shop also doubles as a community hub for the surrounding Mission, regularly hosting art openings, launch parties and design workshops.
|Venue name:||Gravel & Gold||Contact:|
3266 21st St
|Cross street:||between Lexington and Valencia Sts|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Sat noon–7pm; Sun noon–5pm|
|Transport:||Bus 14, 49|
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One of my favorite shops of all time. I know I'll find unique, well-made things here, many from local designers, most supporting causes I can get behind: local, queer, female-owned, small business, quality materials, a bit of irreverence, a lot of style. The folks working here are also incredibly nice, and have hand-drawn maps to point you in the direction of other great spots in the neighborhood. Yes! Small businesses should always be run like this.