While the temperature is beginning to drop in most of the country as Fall officially begins, for us in San Francisco, the warm Indian Summer has just arrived. My favorite Indian Summer Saturday activity is strolling the curated storefronts of Sacramento Street. With the seasonal warm sunshine and design+decor eye candy of Sacramento Street, visiting this street is a mini-vacation of sorts.
Sacramento Street has a European air about it, with its Victorian storefronts featuring artful merchant signs dangling above the street. The merchants take pride in their storefront windows, paying meticulous attention to the display of their wares. It's no wonder that several of the City's elite designers have taken up residence on this street. Sacramento Street merchants vary from high-end home decor, fashion houses, interior designers, to couture consignment - something for everyone, so it's a great shopping destination for a group of friends.
On the home decor front, the famed merchants include March Pantry, Hudson Grace, Serena & Lily, Anthem, Rachel Ashwell's Shabby Chic, and Sue Fisher King (to name a few).
March Pantry offers exquisite kitchenware - stepping into this store with its edited displays of merchandise is like stepping into an editorial page out of a magazine. March's interior is warmed by an Aga stove habitually on and baking delicious delights for visitors. While we were visiting, delectable yams were the offering of the day.
Sylists will swoon over the homewares at Hudson Grace. Hudson Grace is known for its curated white pottery, Greige goods and antique silverware. Among my favorites during this trip, were white ceramic candelabras and sculptural watering cans molded from antique brass candelabras and tin watering cans found in a Paris Brocante. I took home a specimen of a white head of lettuce (a ceramic version of course!).
Serena & Lily is another recommended home store. Based in Sausalito, this outfit offers cottage home goods and recently launched a fashion line. I love their timeless bistro inspired line. Anthem, on the other hand, offers a more glam-eclectic line of furnishings, lighting and objets d'art.
Regardless of taste, the most discerning of shoppers (and browsers) will be delighted by the design+decor of Sacramento Street. Here is one of my favorite window displays of the day - bulldog statuary framed like a painting, reminiscent of the billiard dog paintings from the 1970s.
Sacramento Street Eats
After a hard day of feeding your shopping soul, nourish yourself with a cocktail or grub at one of these Sacramento Street eateries.
- Nico: Modern French bistro.
- Spruce: Classic San Francisco fare with inventive cocktails.
- Sociale: Romantic homemade Italian.
Images by Brooklyn Boheme.