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Painted Ladies: Our Favorite Nail Salons In San Francisco

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A few months ago Megan and I blogged that we were taking a beauty detox and letting our nails go nude for a bit. I enjoyed taking a little more time to nourish my nails and continued the detox for two and a half months. After a long week at a photo shoot and a calendar full of upcoming shopping trips, this week I decided to treat myself to a manicure and paint my nails for the first time this year. While I loved the extended break, it feels good to be polished again.

Over the years Megan and I have had our fair share of experiences at local salons. Because we consider it a treat, we appreciate when a salon will go the extra mile to make you feel pampered and keep their space spotless. Here is a list of our current favorite salons in the city. If you are looking for our favorite "healthy" nail salons you can cross reference them here.

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The List


Parlor Minispa (Russian Hill)

2418 Polk Street
San Francisco, CA 94109

If you are looking for cute ambiance and a zen approach to beauty you'll love this spot.

Polish (Richmond District)

301 Cornwall St
San Francisco CA 94118

A new kid on the nail scene, this sweet salon is tucked away on a neighborhood street.

Sugar Coat (Lower Nob Hill/Union Square)

619 Post St
San Francisco, CA 94109

A short walk from Union Square, this salon is lower on the pamper scale, but consistently delivers the best (and more affordable) gel nail treatments.

Silk Day Spa (Lower Pac Heights)

1425 Franklin St
San Francisco, CA 94109

A classic that balances chic polishes with pampering.

LuxSF (Hayes Valley)

490 Hayes St.
San Francisco, CA 94102

Perfectly situated in Hayes Valley this "Healthy" salon is a little more expensive than your average experience but the selection of non-toxic polishes is excellent.

Posted on March 16, 2018 and filed under SF Shops, Beauty & Wellness.

Timeless: The Best Vintage and Consignment Shops in SF


Last week while traveling in Colorado, I picked up this fun Cynthia Steffe dress at an amazing consignment shop (it was a mere $38 on sale).

If you make it to Denver, be sure to stop by Common Threads on Pearl street.  They have one of the best selections of designers I've seen at great prices.

The experience made think of all the wonderful consignment shops we have in San Francisco. Great fashion is always in style and it's even sweeter when it's a bargain.

At Canvas we each have our favorite spots to shop. So we thought we would share the best vintage and consignment shops in San Francisco--according to our team. As a plus, I've included a few tips to ensure your next shopping trip is a success.

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Keep Your Expectations In Check

The key to a great consignment/vintage experience is having no expectations. It really is the luck of the draw and I've been to plenty of the below shops and walked out empty handed. Make sure you get on a store's mailing list so you know when sales start and inventory is fresh.


Know Your Brands

One thing that can make a consignment shopping trip more successful is to know your brands. Having a baseline knowledge of the top current brands and best designer brands will help you quickly determine the value of a piece. Look at the label, check for wear and tear, and ask yourself how you'll wear it. If you are unsure on the price do a quick brand search online or ask a sales person for help.

Only Buy What Fits (or can be easily altered)

Beyond knowing the best quality designer brands, it's important to know what ones work well for your body type. Sizing is not consistent from brand to brand so I often look at racks a size above and below my normal number.


The Best Consignment Boutiques in San Francisco

1. Sui Generis, 2147 Union St, SF

This Cow Hollow consignment shop carries designer clothes, bags and accessories for women. All of the pieces are in never-worn or almost pristine condition and the staff could not be more friendly or knowledgeable. For menswear, check out their Castro location.

2. Real Real

Ok this technically isn't located in SF, but they definitely deserve a mention. Megan's scored everything from a Chloe boyfriend cardigan to a DVF silk blouse both for under $100. It takes some time to sort through the site and items only stay in your cart for 10 minutes, but it's worth it for the amazing finds, current trends and awesome prices.

3. Crossroads (Fillmore location) 1901 Fillmore St, SF

This Fillmore street location is a diamond in the rough. The buyers are fierce and the shop has started carrying more designer pieces and a few direct from vendor goods. Kim loves their denim collection and has picked up AG jeans for $34 here.

4. Goodbyes, 3464 Sacramento St, SF

Upmarket pre-owned designer duds for men, including suits, accessories & shoes, all rolled into a tiny shop. We love the old world charm of this place for guys and appreciate that the women's store is just across the street. 

5. Cris, 2056 Polk St, SF

Kimberly loves this spot for their unique items with European flair. The windows are always dressed with beautiful curated looks that are a reason alone to stop in. Check out both sides of the shop for designer pieces or contemporary styles. 

6. Polk-a-Dot Consignment, 553 Polk St, SF

Tucked away on Polk St., hidden among the restaurants and bars, Polk-a-Dot Consignment offers high end pieces at amazing prices. Since lower Polk is not a typical shopping street, Devon scouted this great find for deals on quality goods. When the ladies of Nob Hill and Pacific Heights say goodbye to their luxury wears, this is where they go. 


Shop Small Saturday: Our Favorite Spots


As many of our friends and clients know we are big supporters of shopping small and keeping local when you can.  This year we are continuing our support of keeping Thanksgiving for time with loved ones. Enjoy your holiday weekend and if you are feeling the draw to start shopping--stay local this Saturday!

Here is a list of our favorite places to shop local in Hayes Valley, just be sure to check with stores to see if they will be open special hours.

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Local Shops in Hayes Valley

Seldom Seen

  • 522 Octavia St, San Francisco, CA 94102
  • Urban Prep Boutique for men and women curated with fun pieces and beautiful jewelry


  • 541 Hayes St. San Francisco, CA 94102
  • Elegant and refined women's boutique that balanced urban with chic

Marine Layer

  • 498 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102
  • Casual Cool California threads with a lived in feel

Welcome Stranger

  • 460 Gough St. San Francisco, CA 94102
  • High end menswear boutique specializing in high quality trendy pieces


  • 411 Hayes St. San Francisco, CA 94102
  • High end boutique specializing in that SF cool vibe

Amour Vert

  • 437 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102
  • Eco conscious and French inspired soft knits and wovens


  • 541 Octavia St. San Francisco, CA
  • Find a unique local souvenir at this new addition to Hayes. The shop is curated with handmade California wares and jewelry from golden state artists.

Local Shops on Fillmore


  • 2119 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94115
  • Inventive fresh styles with an ecletic urban edge

Heidi Says

  • 2426 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94115
  • Upscale boutique with plenty of contemporary designers and jewelry

Freda Salvador

  • 2416 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94115
  • Fashion-forward women's shoe shop showcasing a line of luxury, leather footwear crafted in Spain.