Pot + Pantry is one of my favorite retail discoveries since moving to San Francisco. Described as a “Buffalo Exchange for the kitchen” by owner Donna Suh Wageman, the store sells new and gently used kitchenware from brands like Le Creuset, WMF and Calphalon, in an adorable, warm setting.
Merchandised to be a shopable kitchen, the store tailors to urbanites with limited space. “I try to think about city living. No one has storage space, so I pick things that look good sitting out,” Wageman told me. Colorful ceramics from Japan’s Bee House, laser-cut felt coasters from local designer Molly M and graphic napkins from LA’s Wolfum mix beautifully with classic Le Creuset dutch ovens, vintage porcelain meat mallets and teak-topped glass canisters.
Pot + Pantry also offers free skill-exchange workshops presented by local chefs, gardeners, farmers and food-enthusiasts. A collaboration with graphic designer Kate Koeppel, the workshops teach fun skills like bacon-curing, sausage-making and food preservation. “The idea is that a lot of these skills are essential kitchen skills that shouldn’t cost money to acquire,” Wageman said. The spring schedule, which includes sessions like raw food basics and breakfast pastries, can be found here.
Pot + Pantry, 593 Guerrero Street, +1 415 206 1134, potandpantry.com