For this month only, there is a new, temporary player on the Hayes Valley shopping scene.
Half Hitch Goods, the brainchild of San Francisco local Carrie Caillouette, has set up shop on birch’s premises on Hayes Street with their very own pop-up called Haus of Half Hitch.
Supported by fashion and artistic partners The Podolls
, and Emily Proud
, Haus of Half Hitch plans on “exhibiting a special curated assortment of our giftable goodies, as well as a unique selection of apparel, cutting edge antique jewelry and original watercolor paintings.”
We stopped by to find out how the Haus is doing, and were very fortunate to catch Carrie while she was holding down the fort. Carrie reported that the venture was going well, and that “people have been coming in, slowing down and enjoying” the pop-up.
She also gave us a tour of the store, which is very much aimed at supporting local businesses and artists.
They currently are featuring paintings by San Francisco artist Emily Proud, which have sold well (there are only a few still available). Emily will be bringing in a set of new pieces to showcase on July 23, and there'll be a party that night from 7pm-9pm to show them off.
Haus of Half Hitch also has vintage and modern jewelry from former downtown San Francisco boutique Metier. Incidentally, Metier have recently signed a lease for a small space at Laguna and Hayes, so we can look forward to seeing more of their collection soon.
In addition to all the art and jewelry, the pop-up carries clothing from local husband-and-wife team The Podolls, all of which is made here in San Francisco.
Half Hitch’s collection of gifts is made up of a mix of different pieces sourced from trips that Carrie has taken (as well as those from other Bay Area artists and artisans). Looking around the store, you may see that each item has a little card associated with it which sets out the history of and background of the product and its producer. This card comes with the gift on purchase, passing on the story of each gift.
Haus of Half Hitch will be open every day through July 30. Their hours are 11am-7pm (Monday–Saturday) and noon-6pm (Sunday).
And if you were worried about birch being displaced, there's no need to fret. They're on vacation for the month, and will be back in business in August.