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Best Places For Halloween Decorations In The Bay Area

Fill out your to-do list for Halloween decorations and costumes by heading to one of these Bay Area retailers for all of your holiday needs.

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Best Finds At San Francisco’s Treasure Island Flea & Jack London Square

See what fun you can have visiting a Bay Area flea market such as Jack of All Trades Market or Treasure Island Flea, where the creative people you meet are happy to share ideas and you can stay within budget.

09/23/2014

The San Francisco Bay Area is an outdoor fitness center (credit: Laurie Jo Miller Farr)

Best Sporting Goods Stores In The Bay Area

There are lots of choices for your preferred outdoor activities and even more choices for your favorite small business offering sporting goods, gear, equipment, clothing and accessories. These five are among the best for customer service and community ties.

09/16/2014

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Best Shops For Fall And Winter Shoes In The North Bay

North Bay shoppers have a good number of local independent shoe retailers to support when transitioning from summery flip flops to durable rainproof boots and warm winter boots.

09/09/2014

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Best Venues For A Fall Wedding In The Bay Area

When you’re planning a wedding, time flies. If yours will take place during the Bay Area’s temperate autumn months but you haven’t yet pinned down a venue, perhaps one of these tried-and-true standbys or a brand new venue will please.

09/02/2014

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Best Places To Go Back-To-School Shopping In San Francisco

As the city’s signature summer fog considers rolling away, it’s time once again for thoughts of back to school. San Francisco neighborhoods are sprinkled with small business retailers, children’s consignment shops and mom-and-pop boutiques stocking clothing and shoes just for kids.

08/26/2014

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Ask A Bay Area Expert: Tips On Finding Deals Shopping Online

If you need to supplement your personal shopping trips with online shopping, here are some tips to keep in mind before that parcel arrives at your front door.

08/19/2014

The Mason Jar, Union Street, San Francisco (credit: Laurie Jo Miller Farr)

Best Shopping In San Francisco’s Union Street

Not every city has neighborhood shopping streets of Victorian terraced buildings, doors swung open wide to welcome passersby and sweet little patios with seasonal blooms. It’s so not the mall. Here we take a look at independent Union Street shops: what’s born of a vision, what’s recycled, what’s organic, what’s handmade and even what’s sexy.

08/12/2014

Ask a Bay Area Expert: Consignment Shopping Tips for Seniors

Ask a Bay Area Expert: Consignment Shopping Tips for Seniors

Brenda Alessandria shares some of her personal tips on why consignment shopping is especially well suited to mature fashionistas.

08/05/2014

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Best Salons For Men On The Peninsula

When looking for the best men’s haircuts around, the Peninsula has you covered.

07/29/2014

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