Beloved Chinatown merchants pop up in the Ferry Building + more Bay Area retail news
This weekend, swing by the Ferry Building for a special pop-up featuring Chinatown merchants including Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Company and Chinatown Kite Shop. (Pro Event Photography)

Beloved Chinatown merchants pop up in the Ferry Building + more Bay Area retail news


On March 26th and 27th, you can shop goodies—think fortune cookies, fanciful kites, sauces, and more—from some of Chinatown's most iconic businesses at a pop-up inside the Ferry Building.

Plus, the app-based service FastAF is delivering everything from Flaming Hot Keto Cheese Puffs to Everlane masks to SF doors within two hours tops; and newbie jewelry brand Curio is decking us out in diamonds for less than $60.

Diamond jewelry for under $60, anyone? Curio's got you.

(Courtesy of Curio)

Talk about sparking joy! In our book, Marie Kondo's got nothing on Ray Lin, founder of Curio. Lin, a Bay Area resident and graduate of UC Berkeley, was moved to launch his affordable jewelry brand during the pandemic to give people something to smile shine about. All the girl's best friends (aka diamonds) are 100 percent real—albeit the natural and lab-grown stones are of the small and delicate variety (fine with us).

Indeed, the dainty diamond rings, necklaces, and earrings with 14-karat-gold vermeil are flirty and fun—made for everyday wear. So you're probably wondering how these gems can retail for $59 each? Lin has connections (duh). You see, for more than 30 years, his family has run a leading wholesale and manufacturing business providing jewelry for well-known household brands.

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Need that fancy hand balm or artisanal chocolate, pronto? There's a FastAF app for that.

(Courtesy of FastAF)

Finally, those black zip-top totes emblazoned with the FastAF logo can be seen on the shoulders of delivery folk navigating San Francisco streets. Friends in NYC and L.A. have been using the (iOS) shopping app for months, and now it's our turn to get little luxuries delivered within two hours.

In one cart order, for example, you can buy vegan snacks, pet vitamins, organic face serum, bala bands, charging cables, and sage smudge bundles from the coolest D2C brands around. Just a few names we're stoked about? Necessaire, Byredo, Bevel, Grown Alchemist, Moon Juice, Le Labo, United Sodas, and Wes Candy Co.

Along with the speedy arrival of your not-so-basic basics, you can also schedule returns plus you get the aforementioned tote free with each order. And to celebrate the app's SF arrival, there are no (zilch!) delivery fees on any orders through April 8th. Nice AF, eh?

P.S. Starting April 9th, the regular policy kicks in—free delivery on purchases of $35 or more and a $10 charge on orders less than $35.

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Score Chinatown's famous fortune cookies at the Ferry Building pop-up before they're gone.

(Courtesy of SF Ferry Building)

Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory has been a San Francisco institution for almost 60 years. And for one more weekend, March 26th and 27th, the Chinatown business and several other neighborhood merchants will be selling their goodies at a special Chinatown-centric pop-up at the Ferry Building.

So what else can you buy? Beautiful kites from The Chinatown Kite Shop, specialty treats made of molasses-wrapped around crushed peanuts courtesy of Dragon Papa Candy, and homemade sauces from the fantabulous China Live. Even better, a portion of all sales will go to San Francisco Community Business Resources, a nonprofit providing resources to help small businesses citywide.

// The shops are open from 8am to 3pm both weekend days, @ferrybuilding.

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