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Word on Webster: Webster Street beneath your tree

Submitted by on 1, December 7, 2010 – 12:01 am2 Comments

By Steve Gerstle

Need some ideas for special gifts to place under the tree? Webster Street’s novel gift shops have some great presents that family and friends would love to unwrap. This interesting and unique collection of shops features jewelry, clothing, fragrances, art, collectibles, memorabilia and sports.

Webster Street offers easy parking and convenient public transit. Come on Tuesdays or Saturdays before 1 p.m. and combine holiday shopping with a trip to the farmers’ market at Webster and Haight. Take a break from shopping at one of the nearby restaurants. Merchants will greet you when you enter their shops and offer you personalized and attentive service.

Jewelry and Art

Seelenbacher Jewelers (1507 Webster Street; 522-8300) is a traditional jeweler that offers a high level of personal service. There is a wide selection of rings, necklaces, earrings and watches at moderate prices. They will create custom jewelry for special events as well as enhance, update and repair your existing jewelry. They have a generous return policy and strive to build long term relationships with their customers.

Jewelry and artwork created by local craftswomen is featured at the Karousel Boutique (1532 Webster Street; 599-6676). For example, one of the artisans makes 1920s-style beaded head pieces that will definitely attract attention. Specialized textile and leather arts can also be found here.

Alameda Florist (1517 Webster Street; 521-2370) also has a selection of low-cost fashion jewelry.

Vintage and Collectibles

If someone you love has to have Iron Man #1, Alameda Sports Cards & Comics (1515 Webster Street; 769-0644) is the place for you. The shop’s knowledgeable and experienced owner, Patty Tsang, will help you select the right gift for the collector in your life. Detailed statues of comic characters such as Wonder Woman and Green Lantern are available. And where else could you find chopsticks in the shape of Star Wars lightsabers?

Know someone who wants to relive his or her youth? Give the gift of memories with vintage vinyl records, clothing, shoes and posters available at the Record Gallery (1451 Webster Street; 523-2330). Does your teenager want to discover the music, art and clothing from a previous era? These items are meant to be used and enjoyed, not sealed in a display case.

Clothing and Fragrances

Lanvie (1501 Webster Street; 865-3688) uniquely styled dresses, blouses and skirts are made of a blend of cotton and polyester that travels well and can be worn for business or pleasure. The color palette is primarily black, white and gray. The shop also has a line of locally-designed and created jewelry that can be custom made to match clothing and accessories. Karousel Boutique has specialized women-crafted clothing such as knitted hand warmers and other locally made garments. The boutique also features all-natural body lotions, scents and fragrance diffusers.


If you know someone who is going to take a snorkeling vacation this winter, this place has the needed gear. AAA Premier Scuba (1517 Webster Street; 217-8587) sells snorkeling and scuba (self-contained underwater breathing apparatus) equipment. They also sell educational videos about underwater life. The store also sells a wide selection of colorful sea life figurines that are attractive and also great conversation pieces and marine-themed earrings.


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