The Curiosity Shoppe
It's hard to start a business in the Bay Area. And even harder to make it successful. We're inspired by the couples who have done it together and have decided to highlight them every week in our "Bay Area Power Couples" blog series.
Talk about a power couple: Derek Fagerstrom and Lauren Smith fearlessly helm both the adorable, creatively-curated Curiosity Shoppe on Valencia St. and the city's feather-ruffling new media experience Pop-Up Magazine as creative directors. Their biggest and most exciting project yet? Read and find out!
We promise this will be our last Valentine's Day-related post for the year, in case you're feeling the love. But we have to pass along this tidbit of information for anyone who just realized their significant other actually does want a gift, despite what he or she says. Take them down to the Curiosity Shoppe today or tomorrow and you can pick up a gorgeous bouquet by pro Megan Dempsey from Letter Paper Flower.
Our pick for clutch holiday gift? Give a good print. Most everyone has at least some open space on their walls begging for some art, and with so many talented artists offering them these days, you're bound to find a selection of quality contenders for even the pickiest friends or family on your list.
Tonight (Saturday, Dec. 5th), save yourself the hassle of scouring the internet for just the right piece and head to The Curiosity Shoppe. From 6 to 9PM they'll be celebrating the opening of a new print show from artist Tom Bonauro, entitled Strange States of Matter, in their gallery space. Bonauro's work has been snatched up by the likes of SFMOMA, so pick a print up and you'll be in good company.
In continuing our look at Handmade Nation participants, today we'll check out The Curiosity Shoppe, whose co-owner Derek Fagestrom will also be a panelist for the event. If you've had a chance to stop by the shoppe located in the Mission, you know what a joy it is - featured artists adorn the walls, craft supplies abound, and "curiosities" of the perfect-gifting kind are everywhere. We're looking forward to seeing the selection they'll have at Handmade Nation, as well as hearing Derek's insight into the handmade crafting movement.
Despite the hipsters, drug addicts, and occasional puke-spattered sidewalk, you'd be hard-pressed to find someone in the city that doesn't have a little place in their heart for the Mish. Why? The food, unique shops, and independent spirit keep everyone coming back. Show your love this Saturday by popping into some of your favorite neighborhood haunts in support of We Heart the Mission, a "midwinter stroll" featuring sales, parties, and all sorts of incentives for keeping it local. For instance, you'll find 10% off everything at BellJar or 20% off in-store purchases at Rare Device...