Mom & Pops

Black Friday kicks off the holiday shopping season. Please support your local shops and boutiques. During these tough economic times, they need our support. And, if you're like me, I much prefer the experience of shopping charming, unique shops, as opposed to large chains.

Mouche Packets from bellocchio

Today I'm off to one of my favorite little shops, Bell'occhio, here in San Francisco. It's a charming shop, full of curiosities. The owner Claudia has a keen eye. Each purchase is beautifully gift-wrapped and I never walk out empty-handed. After that, I'll mosey over to North Beach and visit some of my favorite boutiques. Tomorrow I'll head over to the San Francisco Antique & Design Mall to look for some one-of-a-kind items. It's much more fun than fighting crowds of shoppers downtown, and a way to find something unique for that special person.

Chocolate bars from bellocchio

Paris Map boxes from bellocchio


those boxes, to die for!
Jojo said…
Such a nice reminder to shop with local shops and boutiques. We used to have a few in our neighborhood but they have all closed due to lack of support and I still miss them. Hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving.
Di Overton said…
Totally agree. I try to buy at the smaller stores every Christmas
Lovely! I also adore small boutique-type stores or antique malls. We have a great antique mall in Seattle and I already bought some wonderful vintage Christmas decorations there. For my birthday my mom got me a Dorothy Draper book from your store (looove it) and my husband bought me an amazing cofee-table book of Holbein lithographs dated 1903. I was in heaven. And - cannot stand malls! So plastic and un-meaningful. Ugh..
Rose Growing Gal--I was at that Seattle antique mall in August. It's amazing! I could have spent hours there.

I'm thrilled that you love your Dorothy Draper book! How sweet of your Mom to buy it for you.

Thanks again for your comments. And thanks to ALL!!
Anonymous said…
I agree! Shop local and support hometown entrepreneurs. I had a wonderful Black Friday shopping couture and sipping champagne!
Paris, I really get in trouble when I go to the Antique Mall - I wander around there for 2 hours at the very least! Now, if I need any kind of decor piece for my home, I think of Antique Mall first and of course, your website!

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