Monday, September 28, 2009

Picnic – A Bite Sized Bit of Boutiquing

Russian Hill, San Francisco Boutique Pique
By: Nikki @ Boutiquing
Picnic’s sunny yellow-and-white striped awning and funky, colorful window display are great clues to what’s in store (ha!). The store, which occupies a petite space on Polk Street, sells apparel, jewelry and accessories (handbags, hats and scarves, NuBras) as well as home décor. The ambience is kitschy and cute, with glowing lamps highlighting platters and bowls full of knickknacks; the vibe is youthful, with brands like Free People, BCBGirls, To The Max, Tulle, LA Made and She-bible.

On my visit, I fell for a chunky knit shrug in dark gray (with attached rhinestone brooch!) by Dex and vibrant cobalt silk shell by Kersh. Thumbing through the racks, I imagined pairing a voluminous black She-bible mini dress with a cropped winter white wool jacket by Kersh. All of the jewelry at Picnic is made by local designers, including Yukako Ezoe, Zachary Pryor, blue wild indigo and more. The offerings range from carved plastic rings in bright hues, to wood and Lucite bangles, dangly feather earrings and multi-chain necklaces—all fun and fresh.

I’m a sucker for candles and home fragrances, and Picnic has a surprisingly generous selection of both—primarily in the Pacifica line, one of my favorites, with most items falling under $30. Picnic’s got a perennial sale section (bins and racks) in the back, which can be a bit haphazard, but if you’re willing to dig, you can find some killer deals.

Verdict: head on over to Picnic on your lunch hour—it’s a bite-sized, lunch-hour-long boutique with some satisfying snacks.

1808 Polk Street
San Francisco, CA 94109

Monday 12:00pm–6:00pm
Tuesday-Saturday 11:00am–8:00pm
Sunday 12:00am–6:00pm

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