Beware the Ides of March? Not a chance. With spring in full effect, there’s no other place we’d rather be than out and about this weekend. Here are three stops on our list:
There's always something to love at Alessi, that bastion of Contemporary Italian design where each object is more clever and functional than the next. All the more reason to love 'em? The store is having their annual sale right now, where items are marked down up to 70% from now until the end of the month. You can check out some available sale items online, but for the best selection we recommend you cruise over to the Alessi store at Sutter and Stockton.
Have you ever seen the rugs at Peace Industry? They're true works of art, and the process owners Melina and Dodd Raissnia go through in order to create them is just as inspiring. Each felt rug is handmade in small batches at their workshop in Iran, using traditional Iranian methods and only 100% lamb's wool and natural dyes to ensure that each piece is unique and of exceptional quality. And boy, are they - you just may want to curl up one right there in the showroom. Fall in love with one this President's Day weekend, and you're in luck; every rug in stock will be at least 20% off.
One reason this weekend stands out: you won’t be able to celebrate Friday the 13th and Valentine’s Day on the same weekend again until 2015. Here are three more:
Long before there was March Madness there was ... Wilkes Madness.
As in Wilkes Bashford -- the man, the legend, the bon ton boutique!
For the last 20 years, Bashford & Co. have swung open the doors at their San Francisco and Mill Valley boutiques to the sartorial masses for the twice-yearly (February and August) Wilkes Bashford Warehouse Sale.
There's already a lot to love at Design Within Reach, but this Saturday the Potrero Hill branch is upping the ante with its Valentine's Day: A Fair event. From 10a.m. to 2p.m you can sip mimosas and nibble on breakfast noshes all while taking in new and discounted wares from Bay Area designers. Surprise a forgetful friend with these placemats from Josh Jakus - the napkin rings are built right in, so they'll never be misplaced again. What's not to love?
The fallback gift for Valentine's Day is usually to say it with flowers, but this year why not say it with a potted planted? It's the gift that keeps giving, seeing as it won't be tossed out in a week, and with the big sale going on over at Flora Grubb this month, it's a cost-effective choice too. Get 25% off on all garden plants that are 2 gallons or larger, and 25% off most garden furniture and accessories. We're particularly fond of their stock tanks (shown here) which would work perfectly as a little garden container for the urban green thumb you adore.
Things are abuzz at the courtyard of Limn, where for the next month they'll be unveiling sales upon sales in their "30 Days of Discounts" event going on now. Expect to see items for designers such as ArmaniCasa, B&B Italia, Tom Dixon, Zanotta, and many more. Products available include furniture, rugs, lighting, and accessories... really it's quite a selection. Limn's San Francisco showroom is located at 290 Townsend Street right by the Caltrain station, so make sure to stop by!
A mix is always better - mixed nuts, mix CDs, mixed drinks - we'll take 'em all. And it seems that Kim and Johnelle Mancha, the mother-daughter team behind Mignonne, feel the same way. The selection at their Oakland store is a mix of new items, vintage finds, and repurposed pieces that are all equally desirable. And right now, all furniture is 30% off through February 3rd. Another reason to head over? The ladies of Mignonne have added furniture refinishing to their list of services.
A thank you is always appreciated, but when it's attached to a sale, well, that's just icing on the cake. In appreciation of those who chose to forgo the large chain stores and keep it local this holiday season, Rose and Radish is offering 30% off on any in-store or online purchase from now until the end of the month. 30%... that means around 90 bucks off these vibrant Thomas Eyck pillows in shades of yellow, pink and purple. Now that's quite a thank you, indeed.