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We're Moving! Join us on our next chapter!

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We have BIG news to share with you: we are making some exciting changes to gather and moving from our Hayes Valley location!

Connecting people with local artists at our workshops has become one of the most special parts of gather so we have decided to focus on that full time.

In early April, we will be closing our shop at 541 Octavia and winding down the retail component of the business.

In May we will continue hosting our popular workshops; popping up at some our favorite businesses around the bay area. Check out the entire event/workshop schedule!

Our goal is to open a dedicated workshop and event space to continue to expand our offerings- stay tuned!

Over the past five years we have absolutely loved curating the work of over 250 artists in our shop. It’s something we couldn’t have done without you. We have the most amazing customers and want to celebrate this next chapter with you!

We will be throwing a party on March 31st 4pm- 6pm at our Hayes Valley store and if we would love if you could be there to celebrate with us. Shop our discounted goods and drink bubbly with us! RSVP and tell all your friends!

Warmly,

Christian and Daisy

P. S. We're starting to mark down merchandise in the shop today. Come by and snag items from your favorite gather makers while you can. And if you are interested in any of our furniture or fixtures we are selling lots of goodies via our website here (pick up only).

P. P. S. Congrats if you got all the way to this part - another surprise for you! We’re welcoming baby boy #3 this Summer!

Knit Hat Workshop

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Join us Thursday November 29th at 7p at gather for new Knit Hat Workshop. Knitting in the round can be intimidating, but Cara from Cara Corey Designs will make it easy for you with a simple pattern that is suitable for beginners. Using super chunky yarn and a circular knitting needle, you will learn how to knit rounds with a seamless design. You will have a cute winter beanie in no time! Cara will have a variety of wool and acrylic yarns available for you to choose from. You will also learn how to add an optional pom pom to your hat. 

Price includes includes yarn and a circular knitting needle for you to take home to make more hats perfect for gifting this holiday. This two hour class also includes wine, snacks and a discount on merchandise in the store that day.

Knit Hat Workshop : $65

Thursday November 29th: 7-9p

gather- 541 Octavia St., San Francisco, CA

Space is Limited - Register now!

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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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Natural Beauty Workshop

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Join us for our Natural Beauty Workshop on Thursday October 5th at 7p. We often think about what we put inour body but what about what we put on our body? Do you know what's in your skin products and makeup? In our next workshop we will learn how to make our own natural make up and lip scrub, free of harsh chemicals.  Instructor, Alana Rivera uses natural and organic ingredients to great her farm-to-bottle apothecary line Etta + Billie. Create a balm that is both nourishing and adds just the right amount of color to lips and cheeks. You'll choose your own hydrating blends of natural oils and mix up your very own lip and cheek tint. You'll also learn how to concoct a natural lip scrub to keep your lips healthy as we enter winter.

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

Natural Beauty Workshop
Thursday October 5th from 7p-9p: $45
gather - 541 Octavia St., SF
Register now - Hurry space is limited!

Instructor Bio:

After years of pushing paper around in corporate America, feeling deeply unsatisfied and utterly uncreative, Alana found her calling by combining her belief in the attitude changing power of a good shower and her love of good food. After receiving a soapmaking book in her Christmas stocking, she discovered a passion for whipping up soap and body care goodness using ingredients from her kitchen. She founded Etta + Billie, a natural bath + body company in 2009 focusing on simple, yet effective formulas that are inspired by her favorite farm to table recipes. Etta + Billie products can now be found in boutiques across the United States and have been featured in publications like Japanese Vogue, 7x7, Sunset, and Refinery 29. When not in her soap workshop, she's often cooking with friends and family, honing her cocktail making skills at home or dreaming up her next food-based travel adventure.

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Image Transfer to Wood Workshop Back Next Week!

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Join us for our popular Image Transfer to Wood Workshop on Tuesday September 26th at 7p. 

Our instructor, Chelsea, has made a business of transferring her photos on to wood with her company Cuppa Fog for the past 5 years. We carry her beautiful San Francisco themed pieces in the shop. For this workshop she will  share her secret tips and tricks! 

In this class, Chelsea each teach you: wood preparation, image transfer application, removal of paper, distressed-finish techniques, sealant method, and how to apply hardware on the back of your new art. 

Image Transfer to Wood Workshop Includes:

-2 5x7-inch wood transfers (One image you will complete in class, and the other you will start in class and take home to finish)

-Vintage-themed San Francisco photos*

-All art materials

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

Image Transfer to Wood Workshop

Tuesday September 26th: 7p-9p: $40-$45*

541 Octavia St., SF

Purchase your spot here.

*If you use our vintage themed San Francisco photos the cost is $40 but if you'd like to customize it more you can use your own photos for $45. If you are using your own photos we recommend good contrast and high resolution digital files. 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 September 19th .

Registration closes at midnight on Monday September 18th for custom pictures ($45) and Sunday September 24th for SF themed option ($40).

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Candle Making Workshop

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**Update - this workshop is currently SOLD OUT! Please sign up for our newsletter at the bottom of this page to learn about future classes**

Join us Thursday June 15th at 7p for a special candle making workshop with Joy Kwon. Joy will demonstrate how to make your very own candles teaching you the process from beginning to end. You'll go home with at least two candles mixed with your very own scent combinations using a variety of essential oils, fragrance oils, and dried flowers. 

Joy is behind Lighten Up Shoppe and makes our deliciously-scented soy candles and bath salts.  She will be sharing her expert candle making skills so you're sure to leave with something special. 

As always, we'll provide some drinks and snacks to fuel your creativity, and the opportunity to privately browse our selection of handmade clothing, accessories, and homewares. We'll even give you 10% off any gather purchase on the night! Be sure to sign soon, spaces will fill up fast. 

Candle Making Workshop: $48

Thursday June 15th, 2017 at 7p

gather - 541 Octavia St., SF

Register now - Hurry space is limited!

Embroidery Workshop Recap

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We love hosting gather maker Jennie Lennick of Jenny Lemons to teach workshops in our space. This past Thursday she taught a sold out class the ins and outs of embroidery.  Our students got to pick from Jenny's original patterns and learned various stitches. Jenny always make a workshop fun. We enjoyed relaxing and sipping on wine - a perfect night! We were so impressed with everyone's work too. Here are a few snaps from the night! Missed out on the fun? Be sure to sign up for our email list at the bottom of this page.

Our Hand Crocheted Blanket Workshop is back!

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***Update - This workshop is SOLD OUT! To learn about upcoming workshops early sign up for our newsletter at the bottom of this page***

We received so many requests for our Hand Crocheted Blanket Workshop we decided to host it again! Join us next week on Tuesday April 25th at 7p and learn to this technique from Marie Marie Knits that uses only your fingers to make the loops — no crochet hook or crochet experience required! —  and a super soft and chunky yarn that works up very quickly. You will leave the class with a finished throw that is perfect for your couch, bed, or to gift as a baby or birthday present. Enjoy wine, snacks, and a discount on all merchandise in the shop that night too! Hurry this class has already filled up fast...just a few spots left! Register now!

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Tuesday April 25th at 7p

Image Transfer to Wood Workshop on March 30th!

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**UPDATE: This class is SOLD OUT but you can sign up for our June 29th class now!

Join us for our popular Image Transfer to Wood Workshop on Thursday March 30th at 7p. 

Our instructor, Chelsea has made a business of transferring her photos on to wood with her company Cuppa Fog for the past 4 1/2 years. We carry her beautiful San Francisco themed pieces in the shop.  For this workshop she will  share her secret tips and tricks! 

In this class, Chelsea each teach you: Wood preparation, image transfer application, removal of paper, distressed-finish techniques, sealant method, and how to apply hardware on the back of your new art. 

Image Transfer to Wood Workshop Includes:

-2 wood transfers (5x7 inches)

-Vintage themed San Francisco photos*

-All art materials

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

Purchase your spot here.

Image Transfer to Wood Workshop - Thursday March 30th, 2017 - 7p-9p: $40-$45*

*If you use our vintage themed San Francisco photos the cost is $40 but if you'd like to customize it more you can use your own photos for $45. If you are using your own photos we recommend good contrast and high resolution digital files. 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 Thursday March 23rd.

Registration closes at midnight on Thursday March 23rd for custom pictures ($45) and Tuesday March 21st for SF themed option ($40).

Block Print a Top Workshop

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Join us Thursday December 1st at 7pm as we learn the basics of block printing from local designer, Jennie Lennick to create personalized boxy tops*. In this workshop you will learn how to carve a block, apply ink, print, and add detail with fabric paint. Once you learn the techniques you'll want to print on more clothing, dish towels, paper, and more...the possibilities are endless...and will make great holiday gifts! All supplies are included and every student will leave with their very own custom top!

Jennie owns Jenny Lemons, a small-batch clothing company based in the Mission. Jennie learned to sew, bake, and embroider as a child growing up in rural Minnesota and draws inspiration from traditional domestic craft. She moved to the Bay Area to attend the San Francisco Art Institute, where she studied painting. Jennie loves constructing garments that are playful, comfortable, and made with natural and organic fibers.  We love carrying her designs at gather. 

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

Block Printing a Top at gather

541 Octavia St - 12/1 at 7p - $65

Sign up now - space is limited

*Not interested in a boxy top? We will have tea towels for those who would rather use those!

Hayes Valley Holiday Block Party

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The Hayes Valley Merchant Association is hosting its 26th annual Holiday Block Party this Friday, December 2nd from 6-9 and Saturday, December 3rd from noon-3p. Free and open to everyone, all the shops in the neighborhood will be open for extended holiday shopping accompanied with festive food, beverages, music, and fun! 

At gather we will be hosting some of our local artists for two days of fun!

Friday, December 2nd at 6-9p

Local designers Amy and Anya from Theia Grazi  Clothing Co. will be joining us for a special trunk show featuring their locally made clothing. Meet the designers and have them help style you for your holiday parties. They will have dresses, tops, and skirts from past and current collections. 

Also joining us Friday is Erin from Feed the Fish Co. Erin make whimsical felt pennants and will be making custom ones on the spot. Step right up and request a pennant with your name or favorite phrase. The make the ultimate holiday gift. Watch her while she makes your pennant or just shop around until she is done (each takes about 15 minutes to make). 

Additionally Kelly from Elizabeth Street Cosmetics will be popping up with a Holiday Lip Color Bar starring Hayes and Octavia St glosses to spotlight our neighborhood. Full range of their lipstick shades will be available for purchase during event hours. Each lip color application comes with a personalized lip color chart done by the creator and designer of the line. This is the perfect opportunity to find your fall color to wear to all your holiday shindigs!

Warm cider will be flowing all night and all customers who make a purchase will be entered in to win a gift basket from the shop. 

Saturday December 3rd noon-3p

Meet Joanne and Andrew, the duo behind Alamere Designs when they bring their newest creations to the shop on Saturday. Locally made clothing meant to take you from your bike, to the bar, to your day job, to camping, and all your adventures in between. Their stylish men's and women's designs are made with the best technical fabrics with features like waterproofing and warmth. Fans of the brand rave about the exceptional quality and athletic fit. Talk to the designers about their process and check out their latest designs you can't find anywhere else.

Local designers Sharon and Mattias from Blue Gnome will be joining us for a special truck show featuring their journals, tote bags, pillows, cards, and magnents. Meet the makers and learn about their artistic process while picking out unique holliday gifts. 

We will also be offering a FREE mini workshop with any purchase. Learn how to make your own bath salt soak. You will leave with a jar that you persoanlly mixed - the perfect holiday gift. While supplies last.  

We will be sering up mimosas and all customers who make a purchase will be entered to win a gift basket from the shop. 

See you both days!

Win a FREE Spot to our Natural Perfume Workshop

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We're teaming up with perfumer J. Hannah Co. to giveaway a FREE spot to our Natural Perfume Workshop this Thursday night! 

How does it work? Easy! Head over to our Instagram and follow two easy steps!

Step #1 - Follow @gathersf
Step #1 - Comment on the contest post (featuring the image above) and tag 2 friends

One entry per person. We will pick one winner at random on Wednesday November 2nd at 10am! Good luck!

Soap and Salves Workshop

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Join us for our Soaps and Salves Workshop at gather on Thursday October 27th at 7pm. This class is taught by Jeriel Sydney, local artisanal soap maker. Jeriel will demonstrate her process of making castille soap and healing salve. Each student will get to take their handmade products home as well as instruction to re-create their products. 

Jeriel first learned to make soap as a child under the guidance of her crafty mom. After four months studying artisanal soap making in Italy she started her business Fable Soap Co specializing in goat's milk soap and hand-crafted skin products. 

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

Purchase your spot now before spots sell out!

Soap and Salves Workshop at gather (541 Octavia St, SF) - Thursday October 27th, 2016 - 7p: $40

Kombucha Brewing Workshop Recap

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Thank you so much to everyone who attended our Kombucha Brewing Workshop this past Wednesday night! Elizabeth from Preserved was the most amazing instructor, with so much knowledge to share. The class learned about the history and nutritive value of Kombucha and then were able to sample various flavors. At the end of the class everyone got to mix their own to finish fermenting at home. Participants also went home with their very own scoby to start a fresh batch to brew - how cool is that? Missed out on the fun? Be sure to check out the rest of our Fall/Winter workshop and sign up for a night of fun!

Kombucha Workshop Next Week!

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** This workshop is sold out. Please keep up to date with our fall workshops by signing up for our email newsletter. **

Join us next week (Wed. 9/28) at 7p for our much anticipated Kombucha Brewing Workshop. We are so excited to welcome Elizabeth Vecchiarelli, owner of PRESERVED, who will teach us how to make our very own refreshing probiotic beverages at home in this hands on class. We will learn the history, nutritive value and the techniques of continuous brewing, flavoring & carbonating kombucha. Each student will receive in-depth recipe guide and a bottle of flavored kombucha to ferment at home! 

Kombucha has a host of health benefits: it's known for improving digestion, increasing energy, and being a great detoxifier! Making your own kombucha not only saves money (no more paying $5+ per bottle!) but allows you to customize your own unique flavors.

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

Sign up here! Hurry space is limited!

To sweeten the brew, we are entering early bird registrants in a drawing for a $25 gather gift card. Sign up by this Friday for your chance to win. (Please note this contest has ended 9/23/16)

Geometric Himmeli Air Plant Hanger Workshop

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Join us on Thursday June 23rd for our Geometric Himmeli Air Plant Hanger Workshop. Himmeli sculptures are little geometric mobiles that originated from Finland. Recently they have gained popularity around the world popping up everywhere from craft blogs to interior magazines. In this class you will learn how to make a hanger from brass or copper to hold an air plant. You will also learn about how to pick out and care for air plants. Have fun mastering a technique you can utilize to make beautiful hangers, mobiles, ornaments, and more (the possibilities are endless)! This class costs $35 and includes all materials to make one hanger, an air plant, and wine and snacks. You also will receive a 10% discount on all merchandise in the shop that night. 

Space is limited, register now!

Geometric Himmeli Air Plant Hanger Workshop

at gather - 541 Octavia St., San Francisco

Thursday June 23rd 7-9p

$35

The Fine Print:

Unfortunately we cannot offer refunds. If you are unable to attend please contact us at least 72 hours before the workshop and we will give you store credit to use in the shop or use at a future class. There are no exceptions. 

Natural Perfume Workshop Recap

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Wow did we have an amazing time at Thursday night's  Natural Perfume Workshop! Our instructor Jessica was so lively and made the class such a delight. I loved sampling all the scents and trying to figure out which ones would go well together. At the end everyone left with their own custom spray bottle of their concoction. It was so fun seeing what people came up with! We had such a blast we would like to find time to offer the class again. If you haven't already be sure to sign up for our mailing list to get notices about how to sign up for future workshops.