Set aside time the first weekend in December to shop for local artisan goods at the annual Heath Ceramics Holiday Market, a treasure trove for gift collecting.

Plus, vintage knickers retailer Knix lands on Fillmore Street while Vrai opens a jewelry box boutique on Hayes.


Cheers to all at the Heath Ceramics Holiday Market in Sausalito next weekend.

(Courtesy of Heath Ceramics)

Take a deep breath, lovers/consumers of artisanal products. One of the most festive and maker-y events is coming next weekend: on Saturday and Sunday 4th and 5th December, the Heath Ceramics Make Good Market will be held outside the showroom and the Sausalito factory of the iconic brand. Let responsible shopping begin.

As usual, the annual market brings together the local maker community to sell their quirky wares, from clothing and jewelry to glassware, furniture, and more. Only a few Bay Area artisans attended: Aesthetic Union, Aplat, Julia Turner, Kirsten Muenster, Llane Alexis, Julie Cristello, and Fryn.

Naturally, there will be a special Heath area where you can gobble up the latest bud vases, crockery, and more. in festive colors. And as usual, live demonstrations are part of the fun, i.e. wreath making, vase tossing and letterpress printing.

// The ethe event takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on December 4 and 5. RSVP to Eventbrite (free, with $5 suggestion Don at the SF-Marin Food Bank); 400 Gate 5 Road (Sausalito), heathceramics.com

Sparkle PSA: Hayes Valley welcomes enduring fine jeweler True to the neighborhood.

(Courtesy of True)

It’s no surprise that Vrai, a fine jewelry and engagement ring brand, chose to open its second US showroom in the Bay Area. After all, it’s known for its lab-grown diamonds, and the technology for those gemstones comes from its SF owner, Diamond Foundry. (Yes, that’s the one Leonardo DiCaprio invested in.)

The intimate boutique is set up like a gallery, with rings, bracelets, necklaces and candles serving as art on the walls. Reflecting Vrai’s commitment to sustainability, decor includes recycled and natural materials, repurposed concrete floors, and American walnut furniture with blackened steel hardware. Our favorite part? The Diamond Bar, where customers can meet staff and customize their own shiny pieces.

// 450 Hayes Street, C-1 (Hayes Valley), true.com

Be loud and proud when you buy your drysuits from Knix’s new SF store.

(Courtesy of Knix)

Canadian lingerie importer Knix recently opened a brick-and-mortar store in Pac Heights. This marks the second US store for the unique brand online. For those unfamiliar with the universe’s millions of lingerie brands, Knix, which closed a $40 million funding round in the spring, is known for the waterproof technology used in its panties – from thongs to bikinis in going through the boy shorts. They’re otherwise known as period underwear, and women can’t seem to get enough of them.

But the brand and store sells much more than seamless, non-bulky, ultra-absorbent underwear: bras, tank tops, leggings, sleepwear, shapewear, activewear and maternity are just a few of them. categories available. No, not everything is waterproof, but check the waters for yourself.

// 2121 Fillmore Street (Pacific Heights), knix.com