1 The first store that we went to was March Pantry, a favorite store for homemakers, stylists, and photographers. The merchandise is exquisitely edited. http://www.marchsf.com/
2 March has indoor, as well as outdoor spaces.
3 I loved these racks with cut flower containers.
4 The interior of March has giant glass-fronted cabinets.
5 I especially liked the clothes, or blanket rack, made out of steel.
6 Years ago, I made the teaching manual for cooking on an Aga stove for the American market. I was happy to see an Aga in March and that it was actually on!
7 Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic Couture is a new store in the same block, full of pastel-colored home furnishings. http://www.shabbychic.com/
8 This is an interior view of Rachel's.
9 We also popped into Sue Fisher King, another great home decor shop. http://www.suefisherking.com/
10 Sue Fisher King offers colorful bed linens and blankets.
11 Hudson Grace is another home furnishings store with unusual and interesting products. http://hudsongracesf.com
12 These French bulldogs caught my attention. They are all called Maurice.
13 We then went to the historic Ferry Building for the Farmer's Market. The multi-spanned San Francisco Bridge is in full sight. http://www.ferrybuildingmarketplace.com/
14 Despite the drizzling rain, it was still nice enough for a stroll through the market.
15 We encountered plentiful greens and farm fresh vegetables grown by many local farmers.
16 The onions and shallots were beautiful and I had to restrain myself from buying any.
17 Many farms in California have funny names - Cowgirl Creamery, Dirty Girl Produce, Frog Hollow, etc. http://www.dirtygirlproduce.com/
18 There were gorgeous ripe strawberries. Wouldn't Jude love a flat of these, I thought.
19 A huge bowl of baby arugula
20 A bowl full of Tatsoi greens
21 Boulette's Larder, a restaurant serving breakfast and lunch, also sells rare spices, hard to find pantry products, and other quality culinary ingredients. http://www.bouletteslarder.com/
22 The bustling market is full of wonderful restaurants and interesting retail shops.
23 I loved these antique glass jars full of cooking ingredients.
24 These eggs are just like the eggs my diverse flock lays.
25 I had the very best cappuccino in the market.
26 I always look at the mushroom shops to see what they are offering. This one is Far West Fungi. http://www.farwestfungi.com/
27 Not all of the mushrooms were locally raised. The chanterelles were from Turkey and Morocco.
28 We had Bao, steamed buns, in this Chinese snack shop.
29 Artisan meats of all kinds is offered in Boccalone. http://www.boccalone.com/
30 There were beautiful salads and prepared foods.
31 After the Farmer's Market, we then went to the wonderful shop of Flora Grubb in another part of the city. Flora specializes in succulents, shrubs, and trees, and she spent a long time showing me all sorts of plants. http://floragrubb.com
32 Flora's succulents are amazing and I took quite a few home with me.
33 Flora also specializes in palms and Japanese maples.
34 Flora is also known for her unusual methods of growing gardens - vertically and horizontally, in unusual mixes. These are bromeliads and a mix of small palms.
35 I wanted to rush home to plant a vertical succulent garden, like this one.
36 Flora's vertical gardens are also trained to grow up cylindrical posts.
37 I loved this one.
38 There was even a sink garden of carnivorous plants.
39 And an old rusty Edsel is home to a rather interesting garden.
40 These powder coated steel bowls are lovely planters.
41 Another view of this bright display
42 Large cement basins are planted with agaves and ground covers.
43 Flora has many wonderful containers for purchase.
44 There are great plants for rock gardens and terrariums.
45 This is a photo of Flora from our American Made event last October. Flora says that American Made has had a very good and positive effect on her business.
46 Our next stop was the tiny, but important shop called Bell'ochio. You never know what you'll find at this very unique store. http://www.bellocchio.com/
47 There are always exquisite ribbons, trimmings, and lace.
48 Faux boix is plentiful in different materials.
49 A bee scene with giant bee boxes
50 We then went to Restoration Hardware, with its typical gray color, the topiaries, and the over-sized and comfortable furniture, both indoors and out. http://www.restorationhardware.com
51 They also had many fabulous succulent planters.
52 A really great urn for a specimen succulent
53 These very colorful succulents were in a cement planter. Everything is symmetrical and ordered at Restoration Hardware.
54 Tufted linen sofas, interesting framed artwork, and giant wooden tables - The chandeliers are caged!
55 The San Francisco Restoration Hardware store is like a fancyhome. This is the hardware room.
56 Crystal chandeliers and linen upholstered bed frames
57 The fireplace was lined with birch logs.
58 Every garden space had a fountain or two.
59 The planters are stone, hypertufa, steel, or cement.
60 There was a coffee table made from a giant aluminum trunk.
61 I loved this cupboard lined with subway tiles.
62 There were beautiful bathrooms.
63 There are aloes and agaves in planters and mirrors on the outside walls for reflections.
64 Urban Mercantile was another recommended store, which offers a wide assortment of products. http://www.urbanmercantile.com/
65 Nice blankets and more faux bois!
66 The stock changes often in this shop.
67 After that, we drove through the Presidio, a beautiful park and former military base on the northern tip of the San Francisco Peninsula. This is a eucalyptus forest, which is verdant and heavenly scented.
68 More trees - The Presidio didn't always have so many trees. In the late 1800s, eucalyptus, cypress, and pine trees were planted throughout the area. The trees, now more than 100 years old, are part of what make the Presidio such a scenic enclave of the San Francisco.
69 Echium candicans, commonly called pride of Madiera, produce blue and lavender spires and were in bloom everywhere. Bees and butterflies love this flower for its nectar.
70 Another shot
71 And finally, The Candy Store, a tiny shop filled with the best candies of the world! This is Diane Campbell, the friendly proprietor. http://thecandystoresf.com/
72 Sparkling jars are filled with chocolates, licorices, malt balls, jaw breakers, and so much more!
73 Sugar coated, chocolate covered, sour, sweet, salty - It's all here!!!
74 I discussed business and candy with the owners, Diane and Brian Campbell.
75 These are really good fruit-flavored chewy candies in nine flavors.
76 I was trying to locate the ninth flavor - raspberry.
77 Diane and Brian travel everywhere searching for the new, the old, the traditional, and the unique. After this, we rushed to the hotel, packed up and left. My next appointment was at Oracle Headquarters, an evening to benefit the Castilleja School, the only independent girls’ school for grades 6-12 in the Bay Area