Magazine article Sunset

Northern California Weekend

Magazine article Sunset

Northern California Weekend

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Inside Tackle your gift list with a stroll clown Clement Street Check out an epic Southwest trail A Sierra Foothills weekend

1. Prettiest flower shop on the block

Pick up orchids potted with branches and mosses, Lots and lots of succulents, and quirky garden decor at Fleurt. This elegant, sweet-smelling shop excels at custom-designed, super-seasonal bouquets. Closed Sun; 15 Clement St.; 415/751-2747.

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2. Museum-quality curiosities

Despite the spare, airy atmosphere, it's easy to get lost in Park Life, a gallery/curiosity shop. Browsing the shelves lined with Rubik's Cube clocks and retro T-shirts. Looking at the contemporary exhibits by local and visiting artists. And standing around the center table, flipping through what has to be the city's best collection of arty coffee-table books. 220 Clement St.; 415/386-7275.

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3. iPad, schmiPad ...

Colorful, crammed, community-minded, and with no room for a cafe, Thidwick Books (11 Clement St. …

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