Forget baseball! Shopping may very well be the true American past-time. As much as we love to spend, we also love to do something that makes us feel good, so the combination of shopping local and supporting businesses that give back to the community offers a double-play of positivity. Hit up these four shops in the San Francisco area for a dose of great deals and a chance to do something good.
Alexander Book Company
Don’t ring the death knell for independent book stores quite yet. The Alexander Book Company maintains over 50,000 books in their independent shop which focuses on Indie writers as well as mainstream bestsellers. Best of all, the shop participates in a ‘Buy a Book, Plant a Tree’ program which has already led to the planting of over 50,000 trees.
Amoeba has been the Mecca for music lovers since 1990. With three stores in California, their San Francisco location is at the heart of culture in Haight-Ashbury. Independently owned and locally operated, Amoeba continues to deliver vinyl sounds locally as well as through online order, making them the perfect marriage of convenience and local support.
Shop local and Fair Trade all in one stop. Urban Bazaar brings San Francisco the very best on bazaar shopping in their 9th Avenue location. The Urban Bazaar source goods from San Francisco Bay artists as well as global Fair Trade products to bring customers the best in gifts, jewelry, cards and one of a kind finds that you can feel good about buying and giving.
Vintage clothing and retro finds are all the rage. Spending some time at pretty Penny means you’ll have access to the best of the best – select accessories, coats, tops and outfits that can easily transform your look to 1970s Discotastic or timeless elegance from the 40s. No matter what look – or time – you consider your own, Pretty Penny has just what you need.
As a proud SF community member, Wheel Media is always excited to hear about new stores, startups, and nonprofits in our community! Get in touch to tell us about your venture.