Village Place, a new gift shop in Outer Richmond, has opened its doors at 3425 Balboa Street at 35th Avenue.
Owned and operated by two sisters, Sarah Wright and Marjan Philhour, this collaborative local business is the neighborhood’s newest one-stop shop for San Francisco themed gifts, children’s clothing, pet grooming supplies, and beautiful ceramic pieces. “The space was already gorgeous because of the talented couple of Better; for Living had set it up so nicely, it was really turn key,” said Philhour.
When the former tenant Better; for Living decided to switch to online retailing and move their art production base to Oakland, Philhour saw the opportunity to make her longtime dream of owning her own shop in this neighborhood come true.
The front of the house is stocked with the toys, apparel, and pet supplies. Meanwhile, the back room serves as a showroom for ceramic mugs, plates, and vases, which are all produced by Wright’s company, BlueStone Pottery. Wright is already an accomplished ceramicist whose resume includes working at Heath Ceramics and creating a whole collection for Bodega restaurant in North Beach. In a time when choosing to shop with small businesses can be tough on the bank, Village Place has answered the call for affordable and locally made gifts.
// Village Place is located at 3425 Balboa St, Outer Richmond and is open Monday and Thursday from 12 p.m.—6 p.m., and Friday-Sunday from 11-6; villageplacesf.com. Photography by Griffin Moskowitz.