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Fashion & Accessories
Left your gear home? Find leathers, original-cut Levi's 501s, cockrings and tanks at this old-school-Castro used-clothing store and dress like a slutty local. Good fetish wear at great prices. Not much for gals, alas.
NYC-based designer Stacey Bendet makes perfect party dresses and gorgeous hand-beaded gowns for pretty girls prepping for the ball. Racks display only size 2; larger sizes are kept hidden in back like Cinderella.
Homeware & Furnishings
Upgrade from ho-hum IKEA to mod housewares that are positively scrumptious: glossy tangerine vases, vintage tiki-fabric cushions and mood-setting, ecofriendly, cork-shaded lamps, all priced for mass consumption.
The USA's hippest designer usually charges prices to match, but here alongside the $800 jackets and $300 sandals are accessories under $25 – chunky resin bangles, snappy belts and limited-edition clutches.
Upgrade your casual-Friday look with Unionmade's mix of classic quality labels – American-heritage brands like Pendleton and Levi's Vintage, plus European staples like Il Bisonte leather goods.
Quick proquality photo processing and printing for film and digital shooters, plus bonus creative services: digital pics can be printed on classic Ilford black-and-white paper or even canvas.
Architecturally like an airport terminal, Metreon houses a City Target, multiplex cinema, and pretty-good food court. What's best here is outside: Yerba Buena Gardens.
The Castro's indie bookstore carries new-release hardcovers, good fiction, extensive magazines and travel books. Check bulletin boards for readings and literary events.
Markets, Streets & Arcades
California's first farmers market has been held here Saturdays since 1943 and Sunday morning flea markets unearth hidden treasures from Victorian attics.
City-run Alemany has offered bargain prices for local and organic produce every Saturday year-round since 1945, plus stalls with ready-to-eat foods.
At her flagship store, San Francisco local Margaret O'Leary showcases whisper-light cardigans of cashmere, organic cotton or eco-minded bamboo yarn.
The USA's largest gay bookseller: raucous readings; gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) resources; and literary cruising.
This market has local produce (some organics), including lesser-known varietals, plus prepared-food stalls. Bargain prices.
Local and organic produce and artisan foods at moderate prices with live folk music March through December.
Ikebana, bonsai, tea ceremony and Zen rock-garden supplies are all here at fair prices.
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