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Local Take is a Love Letter to San Francisco

By Kelly Church

Called a "love letter to San Francisco," Local Take is a Bay Area gift shop retailing special items from local artists. Owner Jenn Meyer opened the Castro location in May, 2013 and the second location in Inner Sunset in April, 2016. Collectively, the two locations display more than 150 Bay Area artists. Local Take offers items that are San Francisco focused as well as from other area, and store manager Eric Miller says everything is unique.

"We were inspired by all the amazing artwork in this unique city of ours, and the artists that make it," Miller said. "We wanted to create a space where all these artists could show their work, knowing how much our fellow San Franciscans love unique, creative and locally-made items."

The stores offer everything from handmade jewelry and clothing, to wall art, house décor and other home goods. Meyer wanted to offer a variety to her customers, so people could stop by for a gift, souvenir or any other home good. Both Miller and Meyer believe that San Francisco is a great place for people who want to enjoy locally-made art.

"San Francisco is such a big city for artists and independent makers," Miller said. "There's always some new street art or mural going up, a new crafter just starting their career, or a craft fair showing off all these designers in one place. It makes it that much easier for all of us to shop small and local every day."

The duo said that they love being surrounded by so much talent every day. Their goal with Local Take is to have everyone who walks in either location fall in love with something in the stores. Whether a customer is looking for something to remember the Golden Gate Bridge by, or 3D Sutro Tower earrings, or attire that is catered to the city's climate, it's available at Local Take.

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