The joy in holiday entertaining need not be limited to the fruits of your labor; the preparation can be savored, too. For people who live in the condos at 181 Fremont, making the season festive will always be a delight, never a chore; you can give your yuletide (or any celebration) glitz, passion, and pizzazz if you take our advice and visit these high-end boutiques and quality-produce shops.
Ferry Plaza Farmers Market |One Ferry Building
If you're planning to play host in your luxury condo over the holidays, you'll want to use the freshest quality ingredients. Look no further than Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, where you can select all you need for festive dishes with a twist: think ginger chili Dungeness crab or brined turkey with organic root vegetables. Not only is the market ideal for your own seasonal preparation, but you can also pick up wonderful gifts, such as homemade jams and chutneys, freshly roasted coffee beans, and artisan cheeses.
Hyegraph Invitations & Calligraphy |3 Embarcadero Center, #3117
Give your festive invitations and cards the stylish, personalized touch by having the craftspeople at Hyegraph Invitations & Calligraphy arrange them for you. From gold embossment to the delicate stencils of Carlson Craft, this festive stationery genuinely has the wow factor. A personalized calligraphy note on the inside adds class. With all the posts flying through letterboxes at this time of the year, yours will be the letter people remember.
San Francisco Flower Mart |640 Brannan Street
Spend a couple of hours roaming the fragrant floral and foliage haven that is San Francisco Flower Mart, and you'll find all the greenery and blooms you need to transform your SoMa condo into a winter wonderland. This time of the year is just as colorful as any other; the only difference being that the stallholders focus on huge sprigs of holly and mistletoe, exquisite fir trees, and bright red bouquets of Mexican poinsettia.
SFMOMA Museum Store |151 Third Street
Unique gifts abound at the Museum of Modern Art's adjoining store. The range here veers from the beautifully practical X7.1 espresso machine to the gloriously whimsical JinGoo bird light and Bluetooth speaker—a ceramic bird in a cage that "sings" your favorite playlists to you. While you're here, make a few purchases to brighten up your home, including the Alessi bark Christmas tree or the futuristic LYFE planter.
Scotch & Soda |59 Grant Avenue
If you're heading out to a swanky soiree in the holiday season—or hosting your own at 181 Fremont—you'll want to look the part. That's where Amsterdam-based Scotch & Soda comes in. Men can adorn themselves with a velvet or herringbone blazer, matched with pinstripe trousers, while women will fall for the glitzy mid-length Jacquard short dress or the refined high-neck lace dress. Complete your look at the party with a scotch and soda in hand, and you'll be the belle or beau of the ball.