Rare Device

Shopping, Gifts and stationery Alamo Square
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Rare Device
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Rare Device

This colorful shop is located at the apex of the cooler-by-the-day NoPa neighborhood, a stone's throw from the Mill (that of the famous $4 toast, not to be confused with the women's clothing shop), locavore grocer Bi-Rite, perennial brunch fixture Nopa and Alamo Square. Since 2011, the store has been headed up by Giselle Gyalzen, who has a particular penchant for handcrafted, thoughtfully designed and eminently giftable goods. That haul includes affordable art prints, ceramics and tableware, gourmet foodstuffs, locally designed jewelry, beauty products, design tomes and kids' toys. (Plus, several twirling racks filled with letterpress cards for topping off impromptu gifts.) The space also doubles as a gallery, with a focus on Bay Area–based illustrators and screen-printers. Take a spin through the store after brunch, then stroll through the Divisadero Farmers' Market, which unfurls every Sunday just across the street

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Venue name: Rare Device
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Address: 600 Divisadero St
San Francisco

Cross street: between Grove and Hayes Sts
Opening hours: Mon–Fri noon–8pm; Sat 11am–7pm; Sun 11am–6pm
Transport: Bus 21, 24
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What a great shop! Rare Device has a well-curated selection of jewelry, art, gifts and home goods. There's something for everyone here, which makes it a great spot to pick out a present. There's also a back room that doubles as a gallery for local artists—though the shop itself is somewhat of a gallery for local artists. The staff are hip and friendly, and the outside wall has a large, colorful mural that Instagrammers can't get enough of.