Shopping Local: Noe Valley
photo credit: Mathew Spolin.
So almost 50% into my gift purchasing, I realized Noe Valley would solve about 4 of my outstanding presents. First, hit downtown to check out Jeffrey’s Toys (open until 8!). Decided not to buy right away and compare the toys there to The Ark in Noe Valley. I had also planned to hit a music store, the kind that sell instruments. Weird: SF only has about 3 music stores, if you want something other than guitars. Lately the East Bay has been winning out on my shopping requests. Cheap discount craft store? Colma, or Emeryville. Music Stores? The peninsula, or East Bay. I think it’s because mostly kids have to buy instruments, and we just don’t have a lot of school age kids in this town, enough at least to merit a music store.
The guy working there- Noe Valley Music on 24th Street- was practically kissing my feet for buying an instrument and a music book! I have to say- if you are stumped with someone on your gift list- instruments are a great idea. Get something easy to play, or something that your giftee used to play. Mom bought a small guitar the other day and it’s the funnest thing in the world.
I don’t know why Noe Valley has such good shopping. Of what they have, the options are really good and high quality. Cheese shop, Aveda, See Jane Run, The Ark (my toy purchase was far better quality and price here than at Jeffrey’s).