Wednesday, November 14

Are You Curious?

I posted a few weeks back reminding y'all about the grand opening of the Curiosity Shoppe in the Mission District, but I had been yet to actually visit. Since then, it seems I am running into co-owner Lauren all about town. I visited the shop a couple of weekends ago, and then ran into Lauren and her lovely husband/biz partner Derek at Doe again this past weekend (in fact, the two scored Lorena's cool Wonder painting, of which I am so jealous!). Recent transplants from NYC, it's so nice to have such a lovely and talented duo amongst us here in San Francisco.

Derek and Lauren are totally immersed in the art and craft scene, here already. Not only have they just opened the Curiosity Shoppe, they are also Grace's new Design*Sponge DIY editors; and run the fabulous DIY site, Smarts & Crafts. Be sure and check out their online Curiosity Shoppe Craft Room, as well, for some great resources, how-to's and crafty ideas.

The Curiosity Shoppe decor reflects Lauren & Derek's excellent taste and design know-how, with lots of cool built-in cabinets and shelving displaying some amazing featured artists' and crafters' beautiful handy work.

They've filled this old library-like cabinet's drawers with loads of 'mystery items' - pull out one drawer and find shiny red paint brushes; another holds the ever-faithful Pink Pearl eraser. You never know what fun surprise you'll discover - I really love that.

The Curiosity Shoppe is very fond of disguises in the form of mustaches!

Curiosity Shoppe
855 Valencia Street
San Francisco 94110

Store hours:
Weds-Sat 11-7
Sun 12-6
Closed Mondays and Tuesdays


Uncle Beefy said...

Great to know about Lauren & Derek's diy site...didn't know about that! Great pics and write-up, Victoria. Thanks always!

Whatever Dee-Dee wants said...

What a great store! Next time I am town I will have to stop in.

natalie shahmiri. said...

i love this shop! it's my fav destination for gifts for friends. =)

carolinetcasey said...

It was such a happy coincidence that I was staying around the block from the Curiosity Shoppe on a recent trip to SF. What a cool shop, and such lovely people!

Abbey H said...

This shop is my absolute dream shop! I would not only love to shop there, but this is what I'd want my own dream shop to look like! Someday, right? :)

Nathalie said...

Wow,there isn't a thing i wouldn't like in their shop ! :)

Erin Lang Norris said...

ooooh i want to visit so badly!!! i wont be making it out west for another year to year and a half, though :(

sonnet said...

the porcelain peanuts. they're killing me. must. have. them.

oh, for a trip to your fair city.

Anna at D16 said...

Are those ski caps...with BUILT-IN MOUSTACHES?! If so, I need one immediately. I can't find them on the website!!

sfgirlbybay said...

it's an amazing shop - you must stop in and say ho to lauren & derek! they are so nice - we love nice shopkeepers!!

and yes - built in mustaches on the ski caps! i'm sure if you email them they will help you with an order!

decor8 said...

This place looks lovely Victoria, you are so fortunate to live in a city surrounded by so many creative types and lovely stores and scenery! It's exciting when you blog about these stores because I have no clue how else I'd see them otherwise, I'm way over here on the east coast and hardly ever get out to CA (last time in SF was '01).

I hope you someday join these ladies and open a gallery/shop of your own, I don't know if this is a plan of yours or not, but you have the ideal location and a great eye to do it. Out of all these beautiful stores you showcase, I still don't see any that capture your spirit totally. SF needs a store called "Victoria By The Bay."

Rachel Mallon said...

These pictures make me want to have my own store. Thank you for sharing.

Jennifer Ramos said...

this shop looks like fun, wish they had stuff like that in vegas...!

Jen Ramos
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