Maison Midi's associates apply their sophisticated eyes to curating and stocking accent pieces and furnishings that add original style to homes and oddly regal treehouses. From ceramic saltshakers by Belli to faux-aged flower pots etched with artful floral designs, the shop's eclectic selection of house wares can suit a wide range of tastes.
In 1976, two UC Davis graduate students bought 20 acres of land in the highly arable Capay Valley. One of the students, Kathleen Barsotti, was working toward her master's degree in ecology and was determined to grow vegetables and fruits in an eco-friendly way: organically. The organic-food movement hadn't yet entered the public consciousness, and Kathleen worked overtime to convince restaurants, stores, and consumers of the taste-able merits of her process. Over time, given the possible health and environmental benefits of certified organic food, she succeeded. The farm sprouted to 300 acres to accommodate the increased demand. Today, a second generation runs the farm as well as a shop inside San Francisco's Ferry Building. Dubbed Farm Fresh To You, the store furnishes customers' bags or portable cornucopia horns with all sorts of soil-sprouted goods, including heirloom tomatoes, sweet peas, and fresh asparagus. The farm also teams up with fellow Yolo County and Pacific Northwest farms to deliver boxes of seasonal produce to area homes.
Allen and Richard Wattenberg took over the reins at Ross Cutlery in 1964. By that time, the shop was already 34 years old and predominantly dealt with knife-sharpening services. While the brothers and their staff have continued the shop's legacy of fixing up dull knife blades and haircutting tools, they've steadily populated their shelves with professional-grade haircutting tools, sporting knives, collectible swords, and kitchen-cutlery sets from Henckels, Trident, and Forschner. Their 2,300-square-foot shop rests on the ground floor of the Bradbury Building, which is an architectural landmark and the proud father of a rambunctious little parking garage.
For more than 30 years, Diamond Foam & Fabric has been outfitting diversely skilled designers and decorators with an arsenal of fabrics, upholstery, cushions, custom drapery, and more. Resurface surroundings with exclusive Italian and Belgium designs, quirky patterned prints, or a loomingly large collection of linen fabrics. Extending refurbished beauty across your home, business, or studio-set comes easier with help from Diamond's doting sales professionals and a pair of rubber arms. No need to bring your own scissors; shears are available at the door for quick snips of samples that have inspired interior looks at some of Hollywood's most camera-ready landmarks, including the Chateau Marmont. Selecting styles from thousands of swatches will not result in biopic tragedy, but rather interiors worthy of rave reviews.
A one-stop shop for all your water-pipe needs, Maha Raja Hookah has a wide range of beautifully crafted, ornamental hookahs, plus coals, tobacco, and accessories. Mini hookahs make a good choice for beginners, and three- and four-hose hookahs are sure to brighten any party.