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02/03/2012

All-vegan boutique in SF: the Detox Market!  »

Last week I got the scoop about an all-vegan market in the Mission. The Mission?! I’m there all the time (burritos and bars). How did I not know? 

The Detox Market is amazing. I was so nervous to be going to a beauty boutique, looking like a hot mess after work, but it was so soothing in there! Clean, bright, and very well organized. Inside I met Rachel (hey girl!), who walked me through the store and explained all of their products and philosophies.

The Detox Market sells organic, vegan (and local when possible!) products. In each genre—be it tea, toys, lipstick, salt, chocolate, candles, NAIL POLISH—they only sell one brand! Rachel explained that they choose the best of the best! The highest quality of everything! Believe me, it shows.

I can’t possibly go over every product in the store, but I’ll show you what stuck out to me. You’ll just have to check it out yourself!


The Can-Can Cleanse
! Rachel offered me a sample of the green juice and it instantly revitalized me. For a split second I thought, “Maybe I can do a juice fast!” Anything is possible, right?


TAZA chocolates! Valentines Day is coming up. Or someone’s birthday, I’m sure.

Don’t ever let anyone tell you that nothing good comes out of Florida. They are wrong for two reasons: 1.) I was born there; and 2.) The Spice Lab salts come out of there! Florida FTW!

Of course there were many different varieties, but OMG! Truffle salt? Yes please and thank you.


Water-based nail polish! Just what Sarah and I need when we have girl’s night with cake vodka and sing-alongs to Katy Perry!


They have sooo many flower essences. Which I always just kind of brushed off as a hippie thing, but after my visit, I’m reconsidering. Rachel held up a card featuring about eight pictures of flowers; I was to point to the one that visually appealed to me the most. The one I choose, which looked like a bird of paradise, was “Quiet Mind.” I was thinking it meant that I was mellow and introverted, but I was wrong! She told me it means I’m really stressed and need to calm down, try to focus and find clarity. Then she sprayed me with my appointed flower essence. She’s good—I want to go back and get Quiet Mind essence! And spray it all over myself the recommended five times a day!


Guess what? Soy wax is out and coconut wax is in! That’s what these Pure Light candles are made of. Let me tell you, they smell delightful. Mother’s Day can’t come fast enough. (My mom loves candles!)


Don’t these Inna Jams look pretty? They are made in Berkeley! Local product alert!


Last but certainly not least is the Kusmi Tea collection. This tea is from Paris. So fancy! I smelled a couple different varities and it’s good. I’m not even really a tea person, but I’d brew myself a cup of this stuff (probably the detox one).

There is so much more at the Detox Market, including skin care, makeup, and sunscreen. Seriously, all organic and top of the line. Toothpaste even! Rachel gave me a sample of some acai toothpaste that I just love. LOVE! Get up and go! If I had known about this place before Christmas, my shopping would have been so much easier. You can find something for almost anyone here. Or just go treat yourself.

The Detox Market is located at 969 Valencia St., between 20th and 21st streets in the Mission. There is also a shop in Los Angeles, at 8380 Beverly Blvd. Happy shopping!

01/14/2011

ForageSF is back with a bigger, better market: all day and all night!  »

YOU GUYS. Essentially all day and all the night* on Saturday (tomorrow! Jan. 15!), Public Works is hosting a huge food-n-drinks market!

From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. you can shop for prepared and packaged foods, and crafty things like body care products (possibly made in a hippie’s bathtub, but with the finest ingredients Rainbow’s Dumpster had to offer. UPCYCLE 4 LYFE). From 6 p.m. to 2 p.m., it’ll be all hot food, cold drinks—TWO BARS!—and a dance party, OH YEAH. Also “street performers,” but you already know to avoid anyone wearing body paint or wielding weapons, Hacky Sacks, or anything on fire so probably there’s nothing to worry about.**

It’s 21-and-over—leave the babies at home with their sitters!—and a free ForageSF membership is a requirement to get in. Entrance costs $5 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., and $10 from 11 p.m. on. Essentially, this is going to be a big indoor farmers’ market party—why wouldn’t you want to go? Discover new, delicious foodstuffs! People-watch! Start your Saturday drinking really early!

Get more information here, including a list of vendors. Night Market is a combined effort of ForageSF and Public Works, and will be held at Public Works, at 161 Eerie St., between Mission and 14th Streets in the Mission. We recommend going after hitting up the SF Vegan Bakesale and safely storing your delicious treats at home/in your stomach.

*You know, “all night” in this city means “until 2 a.m.” Damn liquor laws (and lazy residents).
**YES, your Vegansaurus has serious loathing for neo-hippie bullshit, but some of us went to U.C. Davis, some of us went to Oberlin, and some of us were raised by actual sub/urban hippies, so it’s not exactly baseless.

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