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Five Local Shops To Peruse From the Dry Comfort of Home

The pretty interior of <a href="">Mill Mercantile</a>, where you can go when it stops raining
The pretty interior of Mill Mercantile, where you can go when it stops raining

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San Francisco neighborhoods are some of the most charming in the world, and we love getting out and shopping among the hills, trees, baby strollers and skinny-jeans-wearers whenever possible. But not when it's raining so much that animals start lining up two-by-two. That's when we'd rather stay under the covers with our credit cards and laptops. Thankfully, several of our favorite SF boutiques have recently made their merchandise available online, so we can shop local without having to flat-iron our bangs for the hundredth time.

Mill Mercantile: The Noe Valley sister store to Unionmade, this newcomer is more than the female version of the Castro shop no one can get enough of. It's Madewell without mass production. It's coolest girl in the room gear. It's where to purchase je ne sais quoi. And now you can get it all online.

Weston Wear's Rickie and Carine dresses

Weston Wear: Julie Weston has been making her signature print dresses, skirts and tops long enough to know how to do it correctly. Her dresses in particular look much more expensive than they are—most are in the $150 range, but on sale, the prices can get crazy good. And with party season coming up fast (and even though her Valencia Street shop is lovely) it's nice to know you can stock up from the comfort of your couch.

Magpie and Rye goods at Prairie Collective

Magpie and Rye: The website of this Western Addition shop recently revamped their online shopping, so it's way prettier and more efficient now. Bags, jewelry, and housewares you won't find anywhere else can all be conveniently yours, you don't have to trek over to Divisadero in your Wellies, AND you can get 20 percent off right now with code EXTRA20!

Bell Jar's latest lookbook

Bell Jar: The Mission's Bell Jar is so pretty, it really does seem a shame to not to wander through in person. But, tempest-like storms are as good excuse as any to shop online for Cory Lynn Calter dresses, Mor and SFG candles, standout jewelry, and the rest of the boutique's boho-glam offerings.

A jacket from Ali Golden's spring '13 collection

Ali Golden:This local designer recently added bags to her online store, where you could already purchase her clothing, which happens to be very much in demand by the Bay Area fashion set. Her roomy totes come in a huge variety of fabrics and colors. Buy one and you'll be ready for the next sun-shiny day that motivates you to shop live and in person.

Mill Mercantile

3751 24th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110 415-401-8920 Visit Website


3187 16th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103 415-626-1749 Visit Website