We all just want to
….especially when we find time to shop over long holiday weekends. One of my favorite things to do is plant myself in a neighborhood, grab a bite to eat in one of its many small restaurants, and stroll along a shop-lined street in search of interesting merchandise.
I decided on Hayes Valley mostly because my visiting brother had his heart set on checking out Triple Aught Design, a San Francisco-based clothing retailer for the supernova outdoors person who finds REI REdundant and The North Face mainstream and wussy. Strolling along Hayes Street, I couldn’t help but recall the neighborhood’s pre-gentrification days. Like many neighborhoods in the city, it used to be a little sketchy. Other than quick stops at Place Pigalle for my dive bar fix, weekend brunch outings with the girls at Flipper’s, or occasional visits to Flax to fulfill pangs of wanting to be a great artist, I generally stayed away from this hood. I’m happy to see that my favorite spots are still standing amidst the newer businesses that have sprouted up in the hood over the years.
After sending LL Bean off to his mission, I noticed something pretty around the corner. I naturally gravitate towards furniture and home design stores, but this one stood out.
Cisco Home is a company that started in Los Angeles in 1990. They pride themselves on selling furniture and accessories made with sustainable material, and crafted with responsibility to the environment. But that doesn’t mean they’re not pretty to look at.
You can really branch out with some of their merchandise….
….and add some organic touches to your home in the process.
Best of all, the ceiling of the store makes you feel like you’re on the inside of a beautifully crafted ark.
Yes, I admit I said “I’M ON A BOAT” in my head while I browsed the store. It really is an impressive ceiling and corresponds well with the earthy nature of their products.
You will pay a hefty price for the merchandise. I didn’t see much under $1,000. But for the love of the environment and supporting businesses that promote the use of sustainable materials, you might have to unearth a new way of thinking, compost previous buying habits, and recycle old attitudes on consumerism.
To see it yourself: Cisco Home is located at 580 Hayes Street, San Francisco, (415) 436-0131. Hours: Monday to Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm, Sundays, 11 am to 5 pm.