Once in awhile, though, pretty things can actually perform.
Take the thoughtfully culled housewares and apparel at General Store. Owners Serena Mitnik-Miller and Mason St. Peter stocked their light-filled Outer Sunset boutique with purposeful goods (weighty gardening tools, a nifty glass water bottle, local Studiopatró tea towels), an assortment of greenery (cacti, succulents), vintage sweaters and handbags, and arty books.
The duo outfitted the natural space with unfinished wood and stripped cement floors, and they even have plans for a garden and patio out back.
Consider yourself informed.
General Store, 4035 Judah Street, between 45th and 46th Avenues (415-682-0600 or visitgeneralstore.com).
Photo: Courtesy of General Store