I've found my favorite new "afternoon break" spot from work. It's called Fog City News, and it's only 2 sunny blocks from my office.
They're a magazine (widest selection in Northern California), card and chocolate (largest selection in SF) store. Plus, they have a great collection of vintage soda's and other goodies. It was the selection of chocolates that drew me in, of course!
They had the widest arrangement of cigarettes displayed behind the counter, but they were displayed so well, there wasn't the tracest feeling of "ewwww, ashy". They were tempting even to my supremely anti-smoking self, if only for the beauty of the packaging. They were lined up beautifully like premium beers at a bar. (Do they even line up the premium beers at a bar?)
Yet with all the thought put into the place, it wasn't TOO much. It felt OK to knock something over by mistake: in fact, someone did knock over a chocolate display. The owner laughed it off, said "It happens all the time."
The staff was super-friendly and down to earth, and we chatted about their chocolates. They even had a chocolatier giving out samples of truffles: thus the title of this entry. I couldn't help but feel how much more welcome I felt here than at Bittersweet. Aaah, how the mighty have fallen.
If you want to check it out, Fog City News is at 1st and Market.