Home furnishings store S16 Home opens in the Castro

S16 Home in the Castro (photo: Roy McKenzie)
S16 Home in the Castro (photo: Roy McKenzie)
Naked ladies playing croquet (photo: S16 Home)

Naked ladies playing croquet (photo: S16 Home)

We reported last year that a furniture shop was going in at the old Mark Harrington Glassware location at 286 Sanchez Street at 16th. Renovations are completed and the new shop, S16 Home, had its grand opening last week. The new home furnishings shop sells home furniture, gifts, and consignment pieces. The store looks fantastic on the outside and is well appointed with unique items at reasonable prices inside.

Each piece in S16 Home is personally discovered and selected by shop owner, Brian Allen. Brian’s aesthetic leans towards industrial, vintage, modern, rare, and unusual objects; objects like his vintage industrial shoe rack, a framed puzzle of naked ladies playing croquet, or my personal favorite, the Alessi Italian juicer that looks like something out of War of the Worlds.

Brian mentioned he is also doing “selective” consignment, “The pieces I will accept will have to be high quality, in excellent condition, and interesting. I want every piece in my shop to stand on its own.”

Alessi juicer (photo: S16 Home)

Alessi juicer (photo: S16 Home)

Brian previously held a space at the famous (at least to me) Stuff Antique Shop on Valencia and decided to open up his own space. He secured the lease last year, but had to wait for the renovations on the space to be completed before moving in.  The shop is open and bright with high ceilings, and good natural lighting from the outside. Brian lives just a few blocks away in the Mission with his partner.

“I want my shop to be a source for interior designers, home stagers and anyone looking for a great piece for their home or a unique gift. I have lots of great small objects,” wrote Brian.

Check out Brian’s shop this weekend and also check out the S16 website which features most of his inventory.

Roy McKenzie

Roy has been a Castro resident since 2010 and is passionate about drag queens, bicycling, and food. Follow his babbling on Twitter.

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8 Responses

  1. Tom says:

    Best of luck to them! A dear friend of mine used to live on Sanchez Street, right in that region. Quiet area, I believe there was a chocolatier around there as well. If nothing else it will quieter than when Ike’s was there ( in that area)

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  2. mercano says:

    Ikes is where Saratoga chocolate used to be.

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    • Sanchez Resident says:

      Joseph Schmidt was the best chocolate. Then, Hershey bought him out. Good for Mr. Schmidt, he could retire. But, bad for the chocolate.

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      • Elsewhere says:

        Hold on a sec, Sanchez — Hershey kept Joseph Schmidt open for a couple of years while Schmidt tried to figure out a way to make his business profitable. That he was never able to to do so wasn’t Hershey’s fault. Hershey’s bought the business, true, but the workers at Schmidt kept their jobs.

        Schmidt was never one to compromise on quality either in his product or his packaging — in fact, many of his chocolate boxes that so enchanted consumers had to be assemble by hand after being die cut from cardboard. The results looked and tasted spectacular (every Easter I miss his chocolate rabbit truffles!) but couldn’t be sold at a profit. When the shop finally closed a few years ago Mr. Schmidt went out of his way to express his gratitude to Hershey for helping him to stay in business as long as he did.

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        • Mitch Mansfield says:

          Hold on Elsewhere — Sanchez, as you call him or her, didn’t say anything that contradicts what you said. No, really.

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  3. Frank says:

    It’s a good looking store. Hopefully they will build a strong following. That part of Sanchez is a bit light on foot traffic

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  4. Marilyn Andres says:

    This is a beautiful store inside and out. Take note “Castro Merchants” – please start to set rigid parameters of what type of stores are to be filled on Castro Street and vicinity that have the same look and feel of this store and you will see business and foot traffic booming.

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