Kati Koos, located just on the fringe of Union Square in San Francisco, is definitely worth a stroll up the street.
It’s a very unique shop on an unparalleled urban strip of elite manufacturers and indi entrepreneurs who have chosen to open their retail stores just a block away from the brou-ha-ha of the highly acclaimed downtown San Francisco shopping area.
The entourage of retailers line up on Sutter Street and have actually created their own shopping colony. This interesting mix-match is an impressive meld, sometimes overlooked by tourists and shoppers, making it a great place for locals to show off to visitors.
Right next door to Kati Koos is the locally owned sweater shop, Three Bags Full. On the next block, you’ll find Alessi (their only San Francisco location), Karik’ter (home to Tin Tin) Aerosoles (one of two San Francisco locations), Mrs. Fields Cookies (one of the three city locations), Hanspree TV (the corporate flagship store) and just across the street is Ugg (their only San Francisco location).
Kati Koos carries a melange of designer clothes, unique jewelry, whimsical art and unusual collectibles.
It’s a playful array of merchandise that is most definitely a reflection of owner, Kati Koos. With an inherent sense of style, she caters to customers who enjoys shopping. Kati is an experienced, successful entrepreneur and she has an abundance of enthusiasm for all that talented artisans have to offer.
Stand-outs include jewelry by Diana Frey, a designer from just down the way in San Luis Obispo, fashions by Viktoria Cherlay, handblown whimsical glass teapots and raggedy dolls destined to be best-buddies to some lucky recipients. There are even canine wall masks that tell time and plackets with painted on words of wisdom.
Should you be planning an afternoon tea party with Alice in Wonderland, you’ll find all you’ll need at Kati Koos.
Kati Koos, 500 Sutter St., just a few doors down from the Powell Street cable car, www.katikoos.com, 415-362-3437 Open 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday.