Ambiance, which opened in the Haight-Ashbury in 1983 and now has four San Francisco stores, offers “cute clothes, stylish options and great variety and prices,” says co-owner and co-founder Donna O’Leary, with items priced from $5 to several hundred dollars. The focus is on personal service, and the stores offer wardrobe appointments.
Berkeley favorite Persimmon is “a lovely little store in a great neighborhood” that has been providing charming clothing since the mid-’70s. Boutique-like but without the high pressure of other small stores makes shopping a treat.
Yum Yum Tree
Yum Yum Tree in Los Altos purveys fun and funky clothing and accessories, often with a European flair. Unique clothes at reasonable prices makes this a local fave.
Great window displays at Novato’s Alice Becker bring in clients with much anticipation, and they are not disappointed. Great service accompanies wonderful styles in both dressy and casual wear.