Here in the Bay Area, we've grown used to ones and zeroes dictating our lives. Pick a niche and there's an app for that. But it wasn't that long ago that San Francisco was just behind New York and Los Angeles as a retail hub. From apparel companies like The North Face and Levi's to manufacturers, the Bay Area has a rich history in the retail game. It might come as a surprise that our neighbors continue to produce some of the gear you're wearing today (and some of the best chocolates around).

Marine Layer

Russian Hill's Marine Layer has that laid-back, chill vibe that makes you want to lounge in a hammock or at the beach. The shirts are so soft you’ll never want to take them off.

Marine Layer via Facebook


Triple Aught Design

Triple Aught Design, headquartered in Dogpatch, is for the rugged outdoorsy types who are always seeking adventure. With a burgeoning women’s line and complete men’s line, you’ll find the essentials for whatever life throws your way.

Triple Aught Design via Facebook


Heath Ceramics

Heath Ceramics: The name evokes quality and care. Its factories in the Mission and Sausalito make mugs, bowls and more that you'll clamor for and cherish for years.

Heath Ceramics via Facebook



Timbuk2 revolutionized the carryall as we know it with the messenger bag. Thirty years later, the company is still doing its thing in the Mission, where most of its bags are designed and made.

Timbuk2 via Facebook



Tradlands burst onto the scene a few years ago, offering a tomboy-chic selection of shirts, tunics and dresses for women. Stock up on slouchy plaid shirts, chambrays and other versatile staples, many made from all-organic materials.

Tradlands via Website


Poco Dolce

Poco Dolce, also in the Dogpatch, continues to tantalize taste buds with award-winning artisanal chocolate. The seasonal collections make upgrading your holiday treats a no-brainer. 

Poco Dolce via Facebook



DODOcase is the company we go to first whenever we score a new iPad or Kindle, or even replace our wallet. (If it's good enough for President Obama, it's good enough for us.) They make everything on site and are moving into the VR game, which we’re excited to see unfold.

DODOcase via Facebook

By Mike Weiss

San Francisco-based marketer Mike Weiss has an undying love for sports, film photography and anything with gin. He's a firm believer that the West Coast is the best coast. Find him on Twitter @mikeini.