A Shop, A Home, A New Beginning: Rare Device

A Shop, A Home, A New Beginning: Rare Device

Tess Wilson
Feb 15, 2011

Rare Device, one of the loveliest shops in a city of lovely shops, is re-opening today in the capable, enthusiast hands of its new owners. When I heard the news, it caused me to pause and remember all the beautiful things I've purchased there (or had purchased for me) over these last four years....

So many of my favorite possessions came from Rare Device, including my pale, foggy blue mug & creamer, my invaluable set of plastic trays, my Xenia Taler fish tile (mine has black dots), the cookbook holder-opener I received for a birthday, and the San Francisco Kitchens book I'll cherish as I move from kitchen to kitchen.

For the last several years, if I gave a gift that I didn't make myself, there was a very good chance I bought it at Rare Device, like the bottle opener I got
for my crow-loving dad, the rad recycled skateboard spinning top I bought for my favorite 9-year old, and the whiskey aftershave for my brother.

And beyond all the things I bought for myself or loved ones, there are all the things I've coveted, like the tomato-red bench, and the Forest, Winter, & Snow candles.

It's amazing to have a store that you just know will have the perfect thing, whatever the occasion. The multi-multi-talented and always-delightful Rena Tom and Lisa Congdon opened the San Francisco shop (the original was in Brooklyn) in 2007, and have now passed the torch to Giselle and Phurba Gyalzen. I'm sure Rare Device will continue to be full of useful, beautiful, and inspiring things for the home. By which I mean my home...

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