San Francisco Shops & Galleries

San Francisco Shops & Galleries

San Francisco Shops & Galleries, black-owned, whose numbers were thin before the Great Recession, were decimated and some owners retired without succession plans. Like many other cities, San Francisco will need time to rebuild this important core of black entrepreneurs. Aside from the personal rewards from shopping here, your patronage will help the rebuild process.

Marcus Books
DESCRIPTION: This family-owned company was the “Source” for Afrocentric books and author readings in San Francisco since the 1960s. The company is owned by Tamiko, Gregory and Karen Johnson, co-founder Dr. Raye Richardson and Blanche Richardson, who runs the Oakland store. Karen and Blanche are the daughters of Marcus Books founders Drs. Raye and Julian Richardson. In 2016, a lease dispute shut its doors on 1712 Fillmore Street. Fear not book authors. Marcus Books reached agreement to reopen on the 1st floor of the African-American Arts & Culture Center on nearby 762 Fulton Street. Architectural renderings of their exciting rebirth are being shared with the community in summer 2016. Once complete, the move should ultimately strengthen both establishments with new patronage.
DAYS & HOURS: TBD
ADDRESS: 762 Fulton Street, San Francisco MAP
RAPID TRANSIT: none
PARKING: on street
PHONE: 415-292-6172 (temporary)
WEBSITE: http://www.marcusbookstores.com

Brooklyn Circus
DESCRIPTION: BC is the place for trendy, high quality urban clothing hands down. In a substantive way, they are redefining hip clothes and attitude for a new generation. Visit the San Francisco store and its sister store in Brooklyn.
DAYS & HOURS: Tue-Sat Noon-7p, Sunday Noon-6p
ADDRESS: 1521 Fillmore Street, San Francisco MAP
RAPID TRANSIT: none
PARKING: on street and parking garage
PHONE: 415-359-1999
WEBSITE: http://thebkcircus.com

Museum of the African Diaspora Giftshop
DESCRIPTION: If time doesn’t permit you to visit the Fillmore District, MoAD giftshop is the back-up to choose from a modest number of Afrocentric books, crafts, memorabilia and small gifts. The well-orgaized shop display is inviting and must-visit for busy people after the museum galleries or as a walk-in.
DAYS & HOURS: Wed-Sat 11a-6p, Sun 12a-5p
ADDRESS: 685 Mission Street, San Francisco MAP
RAPID TRANSIT: BART-Muni Metro Montgomery Street Station and Muni Metro Convention Center Station (opening late 2017)
PARKING: several garages nearby
PHONE: 415-358-7200
WEBSITE: http://www.moadsf.org

African Outlet
DESCRIPTION: It features the finest selection of African culture and cargo in the San Francisco Bay Area! Choose from quality African masks, crafts, garments, rare jewelry, oils, incense and unique memorabilia from the Motherland at reasonable prices.
DAYS & HOURS: daily 10:30a-7p
ADDRESS: 4942 Third Street, San Francisco MAP
RAPID TRANSIT: Muni Metro Third Street/Oakdale/Palou Station
PARKING: on street
PHONE: 415-864-3576
WEBSITE: none

Mrs. Dewson’s Hats
DESCRIPTION: This shop was famous for providing hats to the Mayor of San Francisco and thousands of other satisfied customers. Mrs. Dewson’s foundation has improved the lives of battered women in San Francisco.
DAYS & HOURS: CLOSED
ADDRESS: 2050 Fillmore Street, San Francisco MAP
RAPID TRANSIT: none
PARKING: on street
PHONE: n.a.
WEBSITE: n.a.

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