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Maker-Friendly Local Take Opens New Inner Sunset Gallery/Gift Shop

Castro-based gallery and gift shop Local Take opened its second location last month at 1371 9th Ave., formerly home to fair-trade boutique Urban Bazaar, which closed in February.

"We opened the doors very quietly on Thursday, April 14th," said owner Jenn Meyer, who launched her business on 17th Street in 2013. "The intention was to get a good idea of what walk-by traffic was like before we announced that we were open," she said. "The reception's been amazing."

"Everything is different; if a customer of Urban Bazaar walked in now, they wouldn't know it was the same store," said Meyer, who's a close friend of Briana Bers, Urban Bazaar's former owner. "We have some overlap in the local designers that we supported, but now we're showing newer work," she said. Local Take offers a selection of locally made art, clothing, gifts and accessories. 

Photo courtesy Local Take

Bers decided to close the store and return to her home state of Minnesota, "due to a growing family, the craziness of San Francisco life and rents and the need for more space," she wrote in a farewell note to her customers. Under an arrangement, customers who still have Urban Bazaar gift certificates will be able to redeem them at Local Take.

Working with area makers is core to Local Take's mission; the Castro location contains work by approximately 140 different crafters, said Meyer. "In the Inner Sunset store, I'm not sure how many we have yet, but it's more than 40," she said.

Local Take's original 17th St. location. (Photo: Yelp)

For years, Bers organized and hosted the Vagabond Indie Craft Fair, a festival that brought local designers together in the grassy backyard behind the store on 9th Avenue. "Briana and I did talk about the fair before she left, and she has definitely given us permission to pursue that," said Meyer.

"Our plans are to continue with something, it's just a matter of figuring out the best thing for it," Meyer added. Besides the craft fair, she said she's also considering using the outdoor area as an instructional space. "Just today, I met with a local succulent designer, and she wants to hold classes out there. I love the idea," Meyer said.

Photo courtesy Local Take.

"We'll probably have a grand opening later in May or June," said Meyer, who encourages local designers with goods for sale to contact her at localtakesf{dot}com. "We get back to 100 percent of the people who contact us," she said.

Local Take Inner Sunset (415-664-4422) is located at 1371 9th Ave., and is open Wednesday - Sunday from 11am to 7pm.


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