Columbarium: Repository for human ashes. We strongly recommend a vist to the Columbarium with Emmitt Watson, who is available for guided tours on weekdays. Call the staff at (415) 752-7891 for more information, and be sure to ask Watson to show you the Elvis head piggy banks.

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Green Apple Books: The best independent bookstore in SF selling both used and new books, magazines, and other nifty items, with little detailed notecards of staff recommendations in each section. Green Apple’s prices are super reasonable. They also buy back your books.

Modern Relics in the Inner Richmond, San Francisco // via Spotted SF

Foggy Notion: Such a lovely hidden gem tucked into what I recall being a former post office when I was little. The owner is super-friendly and she has a lovely mix of locally made and repurposed products (like those fun mason jars!), jewelry, leather goods and succulent plant arrangements—many designed and handmade herself. Her unique offerings are a fresh and fun addition to this neighborhood.

Village Market: Organic produce, affordable wine selections, Blue Bottle coffee + great breakfast and lunch options to enjoy leisurely at the many cozy tables on site. Perfect.

Heartbaker in the Inner Richmond, San Francisco // via the Spotted SF blog

Heartbaker Inner Richmond - The Must-Get Donut: Rum Custard rolled in Cinnamon Sugar Bomboloni

Fleur*T: Not your typical floral shop, offering a selection of beautiful gifts, jewelry and home accessories as well.

Fifty/Fifty Coffee and Tea (address and info) Fifty/Fifty is one of the newer coffee shops to open in the Inner Richmond, and it's become an immediate hit by brewing Ritual coffee, offering Dynamo Donuts, and hooking up free WiFi.

Park Life: The shop has 1,400 square feet of retail and gallery space, packed with a colorful, curated collection of books, modern design objects, edgy artist-designed t-shirts and jewelry, and artist multiples.

Japanese chain Men Oh specializes in Tokushima ramen ($8.95), a rich but light tonkotsu/shoyu broth, straight noodles, chashu and stir-fried pork belly, and a raw egg that intensifies the broth’s creaminess.