Hailing itself as “crafts, kits & curios for the creatively inclined,” the two-month-old Curiosity Shoppe in the Mission off 20th Street (855 Valencia, to be exact) is the type of place that draws you in even if you’re running late. Lauren Smith, who co-owns the store with Derek Fagerstrom, wanted to feature friends’ artwork and pieces she discovered at craft and trade shows. The result is is everything from iron-on embroidery transfers ($2), those magic gardens you may not have seen in years ($6), and the very popular mechanical music box set ($16).
The online version of the shoppe’s wares includes a description of one of my favorite pieces, their large charm necklace, that provides a good glimpse at the excitement and eye of the co-owners: “Handmade by Regina Pruss, these wonderful, whimsical accessories feature some of our favorite motifs. They’re big. They’re bold. They’re beautiful.”
The pair is hosting a reception this Friday for the poster show currently at the Curiosity Shoppe from 6 to 9 PM. When asked about the hardest part of opening the store (named after the owners’ affiliation with the Curiosity Guild, a New York-based group for people who like to learn new things), Smith said they haven’t had a day off in months. We’re grateful.