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A bakery that is not quite for kids (but they do have cakes for children). The interior of this specialty establishment is a little on the dingy side. Perfectly hygienic, mind you, but the ambiance cries out for a plain brown wrapper. That's how it should be because it turns out (and proudly displays) cakes with, shall we say, anatomically correct configurations, right down to the color palette of the frostings. The staff is happy to tackle custom orders, too. They enjoy browsers and make the experience of shopping here an exercise in good, clean, yet supremely naughty, fun.
In an area that is remarkably devoid of grocery stores, Harvest Urban Market stands as an oasis of speciality food, fresh produce and pre-packaged, healthy meals. The store boasts an impressive variety of fresh organic produce, speciality foods, wine, beer, coffees, and other items you would expect to find at a market. Apart from offering an array of pre-packaged deli meals like salads and sandwiches, the store also has a hot deli section where you can order freshly prepared meals to-go and an extensive salad bar. Their cafe serves coffee and light snacks throughout the day, while breakfast is served until 3p daily. Catering services are available as well. Although it's prices may be somewhat higher than competitors, it's convenient location and delicious offerings have made the Harvest Urban Market the go-to choice for many.
Books Inc. Opera Plaza is an independent book store and a haven for book lovers. In this time of cyber world, it is indeed a nice spot to get familiar with bound pages and acquire a fondness for reading. It is a few minutes away from the San Francisco City Hall and War Memorial Opera House.
Once named by Working Woman magazine as one of the top 15 florists in the nation, Rosebowl Florist & Wine Shop's floral artists create masterpieces in a variety of styles. It also carries an unbelievable collection of the world's finest wines and champagne, Dominican Republic cigars and many different gourmet foods. Send a hinged wooden box filled with a bottle of Napa Valley Merlot, California pistachios, San Francisco Ghirardelli chocolate, gourmet cheese and olives or add a bottle of Dom Perignon and a Juan Clemente cigar to a special occasion bouquet. Delivery services are also available, visit their website for more details.
A chain of supermarkets, Food Co. Is a convenient place to pick up all your daily groceries as well as some speciality goods. The store has convenient hours, and is perfect if you want to shop before work, or you need to pick up some essentials late at night. The store includes a deli where you can pick up ready to eat sandwiches and other cold and hot dishes as well as party platters; perfect to order for an impromptu party. You can even get a special occasion cake delivered to you, as both the deli and bakery have delivery option. They also have a decent liquor selection, as well as the usual staple groceries.
At Costco, virtually everything is available in vast quantities under one roof. This warehouse style wholesale store is a great place for buying in bulk. Under one roof you'll find everything from household appliances, toiletries, furniture, clothing, sports goods and much more. Besides this there is a deli, fresh produce, bakery and butchers section here as well. Besides being a retail store, Costco also has a variety of services on offer including a Photo Center, Pharmacy, Ophthalmologist, Tire service and Hearing aids. If you get exhausted from all that shopping, which you probably will, you can head to the food court for refreshments. For details on membership and special offers, visit the website.