Rare Device

In the heart of San Francisco lives one of the most fetching small boutiques I've found in a long time—Rare Device. It originally opened in Brooklyn, New York, but the owners brought the store over to the Bay Area, and now this is home for the tiny but adorable store that offers whimsical, modern, funky, stylish gifts, jewelry and housewares.

With much of the stock created by local artisans, you'll find a handful of "must haves" that no one else has—a leather watch, dangly earrings, new stationery, a teapot, as well as children's items. By far, this is a shopping destination if you're in the city. Everything inside is most definitely rare.

Rare Device, 1845 Market St., San Francisco, (415) 863-3969, raredevice.net.

Dream Come True

Most women would probably agree that it takes time to find a hair stylist that is the right “fit." Like a good pair of jeans, once you find that perfect fit you are religiously devoted to them. But what about the “fit” of the salon itself? It's important to not only appreciate your stylist, but also the atmosphere in which you are receiving your haircut. Dreamers and Make Believers, located in the Mission District of San Francisco, is a salon with an atmosphere that is as fetching as its team of stylists. Bright white walls bathed in natural light, vintage artwork, simple succulent arrangements and mid-century modern vanities lend to the understated beauty and retro charm of this salon. While the décor of Dreamers and Make Believers was born out of the personal style of co-owners/stylists Megan Morales and Wendy Newsome, the idea to start their own business was not always on their radar. 

Fresh out of cosmetology school, Morales was scouring Craigslist for a place to live when she happened upon the space and jumped at the opportunity to open a salon in a neighborhood that was already beginning to thrive with hip, independently owned businesses. Fast-forward four years and Dreamers and Make Believers has carved out a niche in its neighborhood. In addition to the modern design elements and top-notch stylists, the salon carries a unique product line and hosts music and art shows.

Check out Dreamers and Make Believers for more information about rates, stylists and upcoming events.