Monday, December 21, 2009

When We Let You Down

People get a little wiggy around the holiday season. It's the truth. What are ya' gonna' do? When you're desperate to find that perfect gift for that special someone/thing (I mention 'thing' because yes, someone did ask me for a recommendation on a book for their dog once), it's easy to temporarily forgive the sins of our many crummy corporate competitors and turn to them for an answer. They've got a hell of a lot more money and power and to blow tracking down whatever it is that you may need- but friends! Friends! I'm asking ya' pretty please on bent knees not to falter! The culture of reading that a corporation offers is bankrupt of character. So here's the deal. If you can't find what you're looking for at Green Apple, I am happy to give you a list of independent bookstores in San Francisco that will be thrilled to accept your business. That way we won't see so many book stores going the way of Black Oak and Stacey's (or at least not as soon), and you don't have to feed Moloch.

Neighborhood: Castro
227 Church St
(between Market St & 15th St)
San Francisco, CA 94114
(415) 552-6733

Neighborhood: Noe Valley
3957 24th St
(between Sanchez St & Noe St)
San Francisco, CA 94114
(415) 821-3477

Neighborhood: Mission
3166 16th Street
(at Albion St)
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 864-3936

Neighborhood: Mission
900 Valencia St
(between 20th St & Liberty St)
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 282-1901

Neighborhood: Bernal Heights
401 Cortland Avenue
(between Bennington St & Wool St)
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 648-5331

Neighborhood: Inner Sunset
345 Judah St
(between 8th Ave & 9th Ave)
San Francisco, CA 94122
(415) 664-0126

Neighborhood: Haight-Ashbury
1369 Haight St
(between Central Ave & Masonic Ave)
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 431-8355

(and of course we all know...)
Neighborhoods: Nob Hill, North Beach/Telegraph Hill
261 Columbus Ave
at Broadway
(between Jack Kerouac Aly & Saroyan Pl)
San Francisco, CA 94133

Now, this is all just off the top of my head. I know I'm forgetting plenty. So if another good shop comes to mind let us know. Happy Holidays to the good kids, & if you've been bad, well, watch your butt. It's getting cold and Krampus is out there...


Anonymous said...

I was on 24th Street this weekend and it looks like Phoenix has closed---alas!

Anonymous said...

Update--I understand Phoenix is moving up the street, to a space across from Whole Foods--hooray!

Spiros said...

Also, I'd like to throw a shout-out to the good folks at William Stout Architectural Books, Montgomery St. at Gold St. (between Pacific and Jackson); they have a stunning selection of architecture, design, graphics, and gardening books. Well worth a visit.

Anonymous said...

theres hella other bookstores around:
Thidwick Books on Clement & Arguello; the Friends of the Library store at Fort Mason; browser books on Fillmore & Clay; the "new" BookSmith on Haight; also Stout has an impressive annex on Mission near Third next to the California Historical Society

Cover To Cover Booksellers said...

Hey, don't forget about us! Cover To Cover Books on Castro near 24th. Great kids book selection! And we always call you guys if one of our customers is looking for something we don't have. Hope you're all having a great Christmas!

Rachel said...

When I worked at a bookstore it was sheer chaos at Christmas... people coming in fifteen minutes before closing on Christmas Eve and then freaking out that we didn't have what they wanted... You guys are the best, hope the rest of the week goes well and you have a restful holiday!

the.nicole.harvey said...

here's hoping that some of the people I sent your way made it. I have to assure non-San Franciscans that the Inner Richmond is not the edge of the earth...