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Glassbaby just opened a shiny new shop/kiosk in the Ferry Building. The Seattle-based glassmaker creates the go-to votives-cum-drinking glasses of many a local aesthete (and some not so local: Martha Stewart, we're talking to you.) Like the Sacramento Street and Palo Alto stores, the newest outpost is home to the company's signature hand-blown votive candleholders and drinkers that serve double-duty as vessels for larger candles.
The beautiful "chubby" glassware comes in so many vivid colors—even Ms. Crayola herself would be impressed. And along with a plethora of shades, giving back is also a part of Glassbaby's DNA: 10 percent of sales go to healing organizations like UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital, the Veterans Administration and Lucille Packard Stanford Children's Hospital.
Another little tidbit...stay tuned for a Berkeley store coming in September. This location will be a "hot shop," where glass will be blown and glass babies will be born.