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thoughtfully curated local and hand-crafted goods

Small Business Saturday Pop Up

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If we weren't already excited enough for Small Business Saturday, we now have more reason to be. If this is your first rodeo, Small Business Saturday has happened every year since it was conceived in 2010, as a counterpart to Black Friday and Cyber Monday. We were so grateful for everyone's support over the years, and can’t wait to celebrate with you this year. Join us on Saturday November 24th starting at 11a. We will be serving mimosas and handing out FREE tote bags to the first shoppers who make a purchase.

From 11a-5p gather maker, Courtney from Bored Inc will be popping up with a special collection of her enamel pins, patches, cards, prints, and totes. Her RBG enamel pins could quite possibly be our most popular selling item ever! Grab the best stocking stuffers and meet the artist.

Additionally, Kristina of Lacson Ravello will be in the shop from 11a-5p with her locally made clothing. Her dresses and tops are perfect for your holiday parties or gifting to your bestie. Meet the designer and try on her gorgeous designs.

Also, Alejandra León of The Lioness Oracle will be on hand doing Tarot Card readings from 11a-1p. Readings are 20 minutes and cost $40. Show up early to make sure you get on the list. This is an experience not to be missed!

O and did we mention we will be having a raffle to win a gift bag full of goodies from the shop? And if you spend over $100 you get 10% off your purchase! Also, 25% off all items in our Mien pop up!

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We're Hiring!

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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 resume 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 by emailing a copy of your resume to hello@gathersf.com and letting us know your availability. 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.

Join us for Passport 2018 on October 21st

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Join us on Sunday October 21st from noon-4p as we participate in Passport - SFAC Galleries’ 10th annual DIY art collecting experience. SFAC Galleries’ signature event puts the art collecting experience in the hands of the general public! Local artists will be stationed in venues throughout Hayes Valley/Civic Center (including gather!) and Passport attendees can “create” their own limited-edition artist’s book by collecting original, artist-designed stamps in a customized “passport” notebook. Walking throughout Hayes Valley/Civic Center, hundreds of do-it-yourself art collectors will follow a designated route to collect stamps from emerging and established Bay Area artists while discovering small businesses in the neighborhood.

We will be hosting Grace Rosario Perkins, an Albuquerque and Bay Area-based artist who has spent most of her life living between city centers, as well the Navajo Nation, and the Gila River Indian Community. Her work examines cultural dissonance, disassembling and rebuilding personal history through explorations with color, abstraction, and language. Learn more about the event, the participating artists and host venues, how to purchase your passport and more here.

We will be serving mimosas to celebrate and give passport participants 15% off their purchases in the shop from 12-4 that day!

The Shops Sale - October 20th

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The Shops Sale is back! Join us at our new location, Anchor Public Taps in San Francisco as we pop up with a group of locally owned boutiques and designers 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 Fall 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 and tell all your friends. What could be better than an afternoon of sales shopping and beer? 

Shops/designers participating:
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Neeko

Dandelion Post

Jenny Lemons

Seedstore

Covet

Field Day

Morningtide

Hygge Design

Taylor Stitch

Woll Jewelry

Culk

Nettle studios

Aegis Handcraft

Alamere Designs


And flowers and plants from Rust & Flourish

Check back for more additions!

Urban Air Pop Up this Sunday!

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It's that time of year again! Urban Air is taking over Hayes Valley on Sunday September 16th. From 11a-6p the streets will be shut down and filled with hundreds of artists set up selling their wares. We love this market, filled with many of our vendors, just right outside our door. We are celebrating that day with a special Pop Up! Rust and Flourish will be there for the day slinging her beautiful plants and flowers. Come grab some green friends for your apartment. Bare Snacks will also be joining us, serving up their delicious and healthy snacks gratis to our customers. And from 2-5p Salt Point will be pouring their tasty canned Greyhound, Moscow Mule and Gin Highball cocktails. What could be better than that? Come join the fun - we will be open special hours that Sunday from 11a-6p!

New Workshop: Avocado Dyeing

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Join us Thursday September 20th at 7p (during our Pop Up with Handheld Handmade) for an evening of learning a unique natural dying technique using avocado pits! Fiber artist, Roxanne Young of Roxanne Roxanne Designs will take you through the process of designing and dying four organic cotton dinner napkins. She will talk about benefits of organic cotton, scouring, mordanting, and modifying and different tie -dye techniques. The beauty of this craft is that you get to add beautiful shades of pinks, purples and greys to fabric by using the byproduct of a delicious and nutritious food. You will be given enough avocado pits and a step by step guide to take home with you to try the project again to revive an old garment or add color to a new piece. 

Roxanne has been dying fabric and cotton rope with plants for two years. She focuses on the medicinal qualities of the plants as well as the environmental benefits to plant dyes and the slow fashion movement

This two hour workshop includes all materials, wine, snacks and you’ll get a discount on merchandise in the store that night.

Avocado Dye Workshop: $85

Thursday September 20th, 2018 at 7p
gather - 541 Octavia St., SF
Register now - Hurry space is limited!

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Handheld Handmade Pop Up

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Join us September 15th-23rd as we host a special pop up in the shop with Handheld Handmade. Handheld Handmade is a new and delightful way to discover handmade goods, curated to your individual tastes. All done via your SMS messaging app! Just text POPUP to 202-800-9191 to join. You can buy handmade good via text - how cool is that? We're celebrating their launch with an IRL shopping experience. Part of gather will be completely transformed into a special Handheld Handmade mini shop. Their products, normally only available if you are a part of their text program, will be available for purchase in store. We're talking gorgeous ceramic jewelry, beautiful letter pressed stationary, cute bags, and more.

Handheld Handmade Pop Up at gather

541 Octavia St, San Francisco, CA

September 15 - September 23

Hours

Mondays - Saturdays: 11a-7p

Sundays: noon-6p

 

Check out the schedule of events below:

Opening Reception

Saturday September 15, from 5 to 7pm

Enjoy light refreshments + adult punch

Make and take necklace from make do studio (Free with purchase of $25 or more)

 

Modern Calligraphy Workshop with Bright Line Studio

Register in advance (tickets selling fast!)

Tuesday September 18, from 7 to 9pm

 

Avocado Dye Workshop with Roxanne Roxanne

Register in advance

Thursday September 20, from 7 to 9pm

 

Closing Reception

Sunday September 23, from 4 to 6pm

Enjoy light refreshments + drinks

Your last chance to see Handheld Handmade goods in store!

 

Text POPUP to 202-800-9191 to keep updated about the launch of Handheld Handmade

Or visit www.handheldhandmade.com

Apple Pay Sale

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Join us for a special promotion with Apple Pay this Friday-Sunday (August 10th-12th). Take 20% off everything in the store when you complete payment with Apple Pay. You can use the discount towards anything in the store: jewelry, new Fall arrivals, and already marked down merchandise. In store only. 

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4 year anniversary party

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We can't believe it's been four years since we opened our doors at gather! We truly love what we do and feel so. lucky. every. day. Working with such talented makers makes us so happy and we couldn't do it with out our amazing customers. We will be celebrating our four year anniversary Friday July 20th from 6-8p to say thank you. Join us for free mini tarot card readings from Alejandra León of The Lioness Oracle and a free braid bar from Shaun Pekkala from Taylor Monroe. Both services will be free with any purchase from the shop. But come early to make sure you get to take part! We will be ready with the champagne!

gather's 4 year anniversary

w/ Tarot Card Readings and Braid Bar

Friday July 20th 6-8p

541 Octavia St. - San Francisco

July Plant Pop Up with Rust & Flourish

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Summer is officially here and we're celebrating with a month long pop up with our favorite local florist Rust & Flourish in July. She'll be filling the shop with beautiful potted and loose plants, cute terrariums, and more. Bring summer indoors with a new green friend or two!

July Pop Up with Rust & Flourish

gather- 541 Octavia St., San Francisco, CA

July 2nd- July 31st during store hours

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!

Photos by Bessie Lacap

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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