The Best Local Shops in SOMA
By choosing local, independent businesses for your shopping and dining needs you’ll get to enjoy a more distinctive and personal experience. Furthermore, you’ll also be helping the local economy! SOMA has so many amazing local shops and businesses that you might never have to shop at a “big-box” retailer again!
1400 18th St/Missouri St
This 25 year-old “mom & pop” corner bookstore has a charming Victorian storefront is a mecca for bibliophiles. You will find that almost every book they feature is something you might want to haul on out of there and into your own home library. The people working at Christopher’s Books will always offer assistance and book recommendations. Whether you are looking to buy a gift or aren’t quite sure what you’re in the mood to read, a helpful associate will take care of you! The store is very well stocked, so even if you don’t find the book you’re looking for, they always order it in very quickly. The bookstore also has a frequent buyer program that gives discounts after you purchase so many books. Score!
San Francisco Flower Mart
640 Brannan St.
All of the local florists arrive at this marketplace well before the sun comes up to buy the best botanicals at wholesale prices. Don’t worry though – you don’t need to get there that early to get a good deal. The warehouse market opens to the public at 10am, which means you’ll have time to grab a morning coffee before!
The Flower Market is the best place for wholesale value flowers and succulents in the Bay Area. They have everything from exotics to your everyday local flower shop finds. From peonies and sunflowers to roses and fuji mums, orchids and tulips to scabiosa pods and ranunculus, you will find floral need in this wonderful marketplace.
345 4th St.
Pacific Bicycle is a full-service spacious cycle shop that features a variety of bike styles and gears, plus rentals and repairs. With no detail passed over or rushed, this shop is known for its great service and reliable tune-ups. They also have a huge selections of bikes! From road to mountain to triathlon and everything in between. They’ve even got available if you decide to drive there!
Choosing to shop at a local business not only gives back to our beautiful community and economy, but it also helps shape the neighborhood of SOMA!