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Father's Day Gift Ideas

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With Father's Day around the corner we've rounded up our top picks for your number one dude. 

  Chocolate  from Compartes just in!

Chocolate from Compartes just in!

 So many good  chocolate  flavors from Compartes!

So many good chocolate flavors from Compartes!

 Kiko Wallet, Krista Tranquilla quote keychains, SF Mercantile bear pint glass, and California wooden bottle opener

Kiko Wallet, Krista Tranquilla quote keychains, SF Mercantile bear pint glass, and California wooden bottle opener

 Krista Tranquilla key chains

Krista Tranquilla key chains

 Kiko Wallet

Kiko Wallet

 SF Mercantile beer pint to enjoy a cold one

SF Mercantile beer pint to enjoy a cold one

 Don't forget the card!

Don't forget the card!

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SF Design Week Pop Up

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oin us as many Hayes Valley merchants and businesses open their doors to participate in SF Design Week this Friday June 8th. Selected retailers will be offering light refreshments and entertainment during extended business hours. We will be open late (at least till 8p) and hosting a pop up with our favorite Rust & Flourish. She's bringing beautiful potted plants to decorate your home with. Time to bring summer indoors! We will also have a free bath salt soak DIY station where you can make your own mix to take home with you (with any purchase over $10). O and it wouldn't be a party without the bubbly. Come stop by and sip and shop with us!

Modern Calligraphy Workshop

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Join us Sunday June 10th at 11a for our new Modern Calligraphy Workshop with Rachel Jacques of Bright Line Studio. This two and a half hour class is for beginners who are eager to learn modern calligraphy! We will go over the basic strokes before heading into the lower case and upper case alphabet. All the necessary materials you need for the class and at home practice will be provided. You will get a complete alphabet and resources workbook for beginners, worksheets, oblique calligraphy pen, 2 nibs, a Rhodia paper pad, black ink, and extra paper. At the end of the class you will create a hand lettered quote that you can take home!

Bright Line Studio, is a boutique design and calligraphy studio based in San Francisco. Designer, Rachel, focuses primarily on wedding and event branding, paper goods, and styling. She started calligraphy when she was planning her own wedding. What started as a need for her own wedding quickly turned into her passion and business. For Rachel calligraphy is a way to relax and enjoy creating beautiful keepsakes for myself and others.

As always, we'll provide some mimosas and brunch snacks to fuel your creativity. We'll even give you a special discount on gather purchases while you’re there! Be sure to sign soon, spaces will fill up fast.

For continued practice at home you can purchase a modern calligraphy kit after the class for an additional $25! The kit includes extra nibs, a straight calligraphy pen (different than in class), a copy of the alphabet workbook, extra practice sheets, and a variety of fun paper and envelopes to send cards and make art pieces. Everything you would need for continued practice or to gift to a artistic friend! 

Modern Calligraphy Workshop: $75

Sunday June 10th at 11a

gather - 541 Octavia St., SF

Register now - Hurry space is limited!

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Giant Knit Blanket Workshop Recap

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We had such a good time at our Giant Knit Blanket Workshop with Cara Carey Designs last night. The thick merino wool was like a cloud and the colors, so good! It was so fun learning the table knitting technique, how to source the materials, and meeting new faces.  Every student was able to finish their blanket in the class too! We had such an overwhelming response to the class we added another on Thursday June 21st at 7p. You can register for that class here. Hurry before it sells out! No knitting experience required.

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Join the gather team!

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We are looking for a new addition to our team and are now hiring for a part time retail sales associate position. Job description and how to apply are below. We look forward to receiving your application and meeting you!

Job Description:
Responsible for generating sales, providing quality customer service, overseeing all day-to-day operations of the shop. Perform a variety of operational activities such as merchandise display, cash/wrap procedures, promotions, inventory management, and more.

Responsibilities:
Greet customers in a timely, professional and engaging manner
Direct customers throughout the store or to the specific area the customer requests
Provide knowledgeable feedback to customers regarding merchandise style, fit, materials, etc
Build lasting relationships with customers by contacting them to follow up on purchases, suggest new merchandise and invite them to upcoming events
Consistently seek new product knowledge to act as an expert for the customer
Perform daily in-store tasks including stock work, re-merchandising, display and cleaning
Involved in special sales events, promotions and marketing activities

Personal Specifications:
Enthusiastic and positive; enjoy meeting and interacting with customers
Reliable, trustworthy and honest
Friendly and interested in locally and independently made goods
Knowledgeable and enthusiastic about small business
Strong sense of pride and responsibility for the cleanliness, maintenance and security of the store
Driven to meet and exceed performance expectations
Ability to work holidays, weekends, and special after hours events

About gather:
gather (www.gathersf.com) provides San Francisco shoppers with a thoughtfully curated selection of unique local and hand-crafted clothing, home goods, and gifts. It is a place to discover innovative local and indie artists and artisans. gather fosters an engaging shopping experience that provides a meaningful connection to the featured craftsmen and women including hosting monthly events such as workshops, trunk shows, and seasonal gatherings.

If you feel like you'd be a good fit for this part time position (approx. 15-20 hours) we'd love for you to apply (be sure to complete both steps- incomplete applications won't be considered). Please note we are looking for people who are looking for more longer term employment. Do not apply if you are looking just for seasonal/holiday work:
Step 1: Please fill out and submit the application found here.
Step 2: Email a copy of your resume to hello@gathersf.com

Mother's Day Gift Guide

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Mother's Day is right around the corner! Luckily our shop is stocked with new items from our favorite artisans, and what better gift to give the mom in your life than something made with local love? We put together a little gift guide to make your life simple. Scroll through for some ideas. Stop in for some extra help or shop our online store and use the code "MAMALOVE" for FREE SHIPPING (Domestic within the US) now through May 13th. 

LET'S PUT A BIRD ON IT Candles

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Let's Put a Bird on It makes beautiful candles that any mom would love. Their hand crafted scents are smooth and rich. What a nice little pick-me-up! And bonus, a portion of the profits benefit animal rescue!

LADY ALAMO Bags

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We love using these local San Francisco bags as gift-bag builders - they are the perfect size to fit a few items for a beautiful Mother's Day collection when you can't choose just one! 

PLANT LOVER Pins

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Does mom have a green thumb? We're stocked with Hemleva's 'Plant Lover' and 'Monstera' leaf gold-back pins (and special 'plant killer' pins for the black thumbs too)!

MOM JUICE Wine Bags

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Giving the gift of wine is, let's face it, always a winner. We have a limited stock of our 'Mom Juice' and 'Therapy' wine bags to go with your perfect Pinot.

BALEEN Jewelry

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For the effortlessly chic mom, Baleen is one our favorites. We've brought in their newest collection of long pendants, bangles, earrings, and chokers. 

We're also hosting a Natural Perfume Workshop on Mother's Day! Bring your mom in and create your own custom scents with us on Sunday May 13th at 11a. Only a few spots left! What a fun mother/daughter experience!

Image Transfer onto Glass Workshop

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Join us Sunday May 6th at 11a for our new Image Transfer onto Glass Workshop with Chelsea Hiatt Farley of Cuppa Fog. For this workshop she will teach you how to transfer images onto glass! You will go home with 4 glass pieces that can be used as coasters or hung on a wall or in a window. This same technique can be used to transfer images onto mirrors. 

In this class, Chelsea will teach you: Glass preparation, image transfer application, removal of paper, finishing techniques, sealant method, and how to apply hardware onto the back of your new art. 

Image Transfer onto Glass Workshop Includes:

-Four square (4 inch x 4 inch) glass transfers (two images you will complete in class, and the other two you will start in class and take home to finish)

-Vintage-themed San Francisco photos or 4 of your own images*

-All art materials and finishing hardware

*If you use our provided vintage-themed San Francisco photos the cost is $75, but if you'd like to customize it more you can use your own photos for $90. If you are using your own photos we recommend choosing good contrast and high resolution digital files (minimum of 1MB, please do not pull off of social media sites as they are too compressed). We advise you to stay away from portraits (people or animal), as they are tougher to make sure the distressing doesn’t happen over important parts like faces. Please email pictures to hello@gathersf.com by Tuesday May 2nd.

Chelsea Hiatt Farley has made a business of transferring her photos on to wood with her company Cuppa Fog for the past 6 years and her Image Transfer to Wood Workshop is one of our most popular classes at gather. We carry her beautiful San Francisco-themed pieces in the shop. She is constantly inspired taking photos of our beautiful San Francisco and the coast, and loves how the image transfer process brings additional texture and storytelling to her photographs. 

This two hour class also includes mimosas and snacks and a discount on merchandise in the store that day. No experience needed- all levels welcome!

Registration closes at midnight on Wednesday May 2nd for custom pictures ($90) and Saturday May 5th for SF themed option ($75).

Image Transfer onto Glass Workshop

Sunday May 6th: 11a-1p

gather - 541 Octavia St., San Francisco

Register now! Hurry space is limited!

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Girls' Night In Book Club

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Join us at gather on Monday April 30th at 7p as we host Girls' Night In for their monthly book club.  Every month, they choose one book to read together as a community and we are so excited to host them in April. We will be reading the National Book Award Finalist "Pachinko" by Min Jin Lee. "In this gorgeous, page-turning saga, four generations of a poor Korean immigrant family fight to control their destiny in 20th-century Japan, exiled from a home they never knew." Gather with other women in San Francisco for a great book discussion, mingling, shopping (a discount on merchandise!), and light refreshments! We'll start discussing Pachinko around 7:30p and wrap up right around 8:15p.

Girls' Night In readers and non-readers are welcome. Anyone who identifies as a woman is welcome.

Ticket price includes drinks and snacks. Snag you spot here.

The Girls’ Night In brand and community was built on the belief that as our lives get busier, the more important it is to take a break and chill out. With mental health issues rising and rates of loneliness increasing in a society that’s “always on,” we believe that taking a break and cultivating friendships is a crucial part of what wellness means for women, whether that means getting in some “me time” with a good book or rounding up friends for a fun girls’ night in. 

Girls Night In Book Club

Monday April 30th 7p-8:30p

gather - 541 Octavia St, San Francisco

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Level 2 Crochet: Round Rug Workshop

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Join us at gather Thursday April 26th at 7p for our Level 2 Crochet: Round Rug Workshop with Cara Corey. If you've mastered the single crochet stitch and feel ready to move on to other stitches, this is the class for you. Learn to make a cute and sturdy round rug with recycled T-shirt yarn. You will master adding height with double crochet and half double crochet stitches, joining stitches to form rounds, and increasing stitches in a pattern to make a flat circle. You will get a good start and possibly finish a round rug, approximately 24 inches in diameter, during the 2 hour class. You can also purchase more yarn to make your rug even larger. Choose from an assortment of colors of yarn when you arrive. Jumbo-sized crochet hook included in the price. Those that have taken our hand crocheted blanket class are perfect candidates for this class (though it is not a pre-requisite...email hello@gathersf.com if you have questions). 

Class also includes wine and snacks and a discount on merchandise in the store that night. 

Level 2 Crochet: Round Rug Workshop: $70
Thursday April 26th from 7p-9p
gather- 541 Octavia St., San Francisco, CA
Space is Limited - Register now!

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Spring Favorites

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Spring has officially come to the bay. We're filling up the shop with flowy dress, cool tops, and comfy skirts and pants perfect for the season. Take a look at our favorites below. Try them on in store and shop them in our online shop

We're especially in love with Bridge and Burn's new spring collection! With modern patterns, breathable fabric, and chic stitching, we've brought in a collection of soft, springy blues and grays that customers are raving about.

A cotton-linen fabric with a faux open back detail, the Joss top is super light weight, and perfect for SF weather! Weather this tee to Ocean Beach, or out to brunch. Easily compliments high-waisted shorts, your favorite pair of jeans, or a fit-and-flair pant for the adventurous gal! The Pacific Stripe is made with various block stitching of blues, while the Chambray Dots is available in a pale gray with white dots. 

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The Ondine skirt is an easygoing, versatile skirt design that is equal parts functional and dressy.  Complimenting the pattern of the Joss chambray dots, the Ondine skirt has pleats at the waist, with large front pockets in the front. Pairs well with the Joss Chambray Dot shirt for a casual look, or a tighter tucked-in basic, for a sleek look out-on-the-town. 

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Have you discovered our newest maker, Chan + Krys yet? Two bi-coastal best friends collaborate to make this easy to wear line. We love the silhouettes and the fabrics. 

Their Verona Dress in desert stripe is currently at the top of our wish list. Pair it with gold sandals on vacation or clogs and a jean jacket for the farmer's market. Understated but never under dressed. 

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We're also big fans of their Nimmo jacket. We love it in this hemp black. The perfect layer for those ever so chilly spring nights. Looks great buttoned over leggings or open as a jacket over a dress for work. Add some statement earrings and you look effortlessly put together. 

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Our current go-to is their W. Humbolt top. A deep v neck and side slits make this o so flattering. We love it with boyfriend jeans. And with so many great fabrics to choose from like white and navy stripe, copper embroidery, and birds you'll want to start a collection. 

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All the girls in the shop are crushing over Sarah Liller's new collection. She has expanded into cardigans, sleeveless tops, and more! Made right here in San Francisco, this line of solid staples always flatters. 

We wear the new wide leg pants at least 4 days a week! The comfort of pajamas but the look of someone who put some thought into their outfit. We swear you'll never want to take them off. 

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The Chloe top sit pretty on your shoulders. We love the pleating detail. Available in black and kelly green, our new favorite pop of color.  Pair under a jacket for a business meeting or wear with white shorts for a more casual look. 

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Finish off your outfits with some Baleen jewels. We love their modern and minimalist style. Our top picks are below.

Get flirty with some tassel earrings. 

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How cool are these solid hoops?

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And these mobile dangles are a dream. 

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Botanical Smudge Stick Workshop

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Join us at gather on Tuesday April 17th at 7p for our magical Botanical Smudge Stick Workshop. In our newest class, local florist Ricci Cande of Rust & Flourish will assist you in creating beautiful smudge sticks made with herbs and flowers. You'll learn about the properties of each botanical element, foraging and sustainable practices, and the history of healing through smudge wands. Some of the botanical elements we'll use and learn about include:

- Sage, Cedar, Sweetgrass, Lavender, Amaranth, Bay Leaves, Eucalyptus, Ginger, Rosemary, Yarrow, Peppermint, Rose, Oregano, and more!

In this two hour class, all materials will be provided to make at least two smudge sticks with a curated selection of our ravishing gemstones that you can tie to your wands. Hang your new wild and gorgeous creations on your wall or burn them with love and intention. Sip on wine, enjoy snacks, and shop using a special discount during the class. It will be the perfect night!

Botanical Smudge Stick Workshop: $60

Tuesday April 17th, 2018 at 7p
gather - 541 Octavia St., SF
Register now - Hurry space is limited!


P. S. Our candle workshop is almost sold out! Snag your spot now or see what other creative class we have on the calendar

Spring Sale!

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Spring has sprung and we are celebrating at gather! We've got a special rack at the shop marked up to 50% off that includes gems like Preloved sweaters, Curator striped tops, and Nooworks favorites. And for this week only we are offering 10% off ALL regularly priced clothing too! That includes new arrivals, and all men's and baby stuff too! That means you can take 10% off this adorable chambray Bridge and Burn top and this cutie from new gather maker Chan + Krys. Can't make it into the shop? Use the code "FLOWERS" at checkout to take 10% off clothing in our online shop. But hurry, this offer expires Saturday night!

P. S. There are still a few last minute spots available for Thursday's Embroidery Workshop with Jenny Lemons! Also have you seen all the new classes we have on the calendar? Can't wait for our Botanical Smudge Sticks and our Giant Knit Blanket workshops!

The Shops Sale is Back!

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The Shops Sale is back! Join us Sunday March 11th from noon-4p at Temescal Brewing Company in Oakland as we pop up with a group of other locally owned shops for a super sales shopping experience. Each shop will be bringing a rack of past styles marked at a steep discount. Help us all make room for our new Spring merchandise in our shops and snag beautiful tops, dress, jackets and more for a steal. Men's and women's items will be marked 50-80% off! This bi-annual event is not to be missed!

RSVP in Facebook and tell all your friends. What could be better than an afternoon of sales shopping and beer? 

The Shops Sales
Sunday March 11th from noon- 4p
Temescal Brewing Company


Here are a list of shops participating. Check back for updates:

Covet - covetsf.com

Dandelion Post - dandelionpost.com

Field Day - fielddayandfriends.com

gather – gathersf.com

Hygge Design – hyggedesign.xyz

Lacson Ravello - lacsonravello.com

Lindsay Robinson - lindsayrobinsonstudio.com

Neeko - shopneeko.com

Nooworks – nooworks.com

Oak Common – oakcommon.com

Obey - obeyclothing.com

Resurrect - resurrectoakland.com

Seedstore - seedstoresf.com

Stance - stance.com

Tonlé - tonle.com

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Leather Moon Bag Workshop!

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Join us Thursday March 8th at 7p for our Leather Moon Bag Workshop. In this fun and easy class we will take some basic leather making skills and apply them towards designing and making your very own leather half-moon bag. It’s a mini size that is perfect for holding extra goodies in your bag or taking it solo out on the town. It holds cards, lip products and other small things. You won’t leave home without it!

This leather working class is designed to put you in the maker’s seat. Learning a skill and then immediately applying it to your project will give you the confidence to put your skills to practice in a future project. So whether you are seeking a fun night out with friends or want to learn a new skill - future you will be “over the moon” with this class (see what we did there?) 

Skills we will cover-

Basic Leather Working:

-Leather punching

-Leather tanning

-Hand Stitching

Basic Sewing Skills:

-Cutting out a pattern

-Hand Sewing and Finishing Techniques

Our instructor, Rebecca Saylor has taught many past gather workshops and owns her own business, Oodlebadoodle, where she creates adorable San Francisco themed plushies with whimsical fabric patterns. She will give you the knowledge to go home and create endless leather crafts you and your friends. Sign up early, seating is limited.

All materials provided. This two hour class includes wine and snacks and a discount on merchandise in the store that night.

Leather Moon Bag Workshop

Thursday March 8th - 7:00pm-9:00pm$55

gather - 541 Octavia St., SF

REGISTER NOW!

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Valentine Flower and Plant Pop Up

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Join us Saturday February 10th and Sunday February 11th from 11a-4p for a special Valentine's Flower and Plant Pop Up with local florist Rust & Flourish. Shop her beautiful floral arrangements, potted plants, hand foraged smudge sticks, crystal succulent gardens, and more. Get your sweetie a gift for Valentine's Day or pre-order a bouquet to pick up at the shop on the 13th. Email hello@gathersf.com for any questions or requests. 

Valentine's Flower and Plant Pop Up

Saturday February 10th and Sunday February 11th 11a-4p

gather - 541 Octavia St., San Francisco, CA

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Valentine's Happenings at gather

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Whether you're celebrating your babe, your friends, or just YOU we've got lots of Valentine's fun in store at the shop!

❤2/6 Floral Arranging Workshop
❤2/8 Natural Perfume Workshop
❤2/10 & 2/11 Flower and Plant Pop Up
❤2/13 Candle Workshop (SOLD OUT but we added an April class!)
❤2/15 Image Transfer to Wood Workshop
 

Or just pick out a special gift from our shop! We've been on the hunt for the best gifts for your sweetie!

Rope Basket Workshop

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Is your new year's resolution to get creative? Join us Thursday January 11th at 7p for our Rope Basket Workshop. Get in on the over-sized knitting trend with Cara Corey, our in house knitting expert. Learn a basic garter stitch using giant needles and soft cotton rope. Then assemble your knitted swatch into a sturdy basket that is perfect for storing books, toys, and more. No knitting experience is required and all participants will leave with a completed basket (about 9x9 inch) and a set of knitting needles for future projects. Class also includes wine and snacks and a discount on merchandise in the store that night.

Rope Basket Workshop : $75

Thursday January 11th 7p-9p

gather- 541 Octavia St., San Francisco, CA

Space is Limited - Register now!

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DIY Plant Pop Up Bar

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Join us Saturday December 16th with local florist Ricci Cande of Rust & Flourish who will be popping up at the shop with a special DIY Planting Bar. Pick from a variety of vessels, plants, and rocks and crystals to create your one of a kind potted beauty. Prices will range from $15-$30. 

Make a beautiful holiday gift or bring home some greenery for yourself!

DIY Planting Bar Pop Up

Saturday December 16th 11a-5p

gather - 541 Octavia St, San Francisco

Yule Celebration Tarot Workshop

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Join us Thursday December 14th for  a Yule Celebration Tarot Workshop. We will be welcoming Alejandra León Wolfe Rocha, of The Lioness Oracle to teach this magical class. 

In this class you will:

  • Find out why December is the perfect time to take stock of the past year, and integrate all you have experienced

  • Learn which cards in the Tarot correspond to the season of Winter and celebration

  • Be assisted in giving yourself a special Winter Solstice reading and deciphering its messages

For this class you will need a journal, pen, and Tarot deck. Beginners welcome!

This two hour class also includes wine and snacks and a discount on merchandise in the store that night.

Tarot Card Workshop: $40

541 Octavia St

Thursday December 14th at 7p