Happy Earth Day: Buy a Wallet + Plant a Tree

In celebration of Earth Day, here are a few of my favorite photos that I’ve taken of trees in San Francisco over the past couple of years:
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In keeping with the tree theme, I’m excited to introduce a buy one / give one campaign:

For a limited time, buy one of the items featured here and part of your purchase will go towards the cost of planting a tree. Cool, huh?

Minimalist Backpack

I’m working on a new backpack design. I finished up the prototype a few days ago.  I have a few changes to make and hope to have one or two with me at next weekend’s SF Etsy Indie Holiday Emporium at Pier 35.  They should make it into the shop by early to mid-December.

The backpack is sleek and simple with a lined zipper pocket on the outside front.  The flap closure is secured by two side release buckles.  The main compartment is unlined. The bag is big enough for a 13″ laptop.

Here’s a sneak peek:

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Holiday Bazaar NightLife @ Cal Academy of Sciences, Thurs 6-10pm (21+ with ID for admission)

It’s that time of year! What time is that? Holiday show time…

This Thursday, December 11 we’ll be at the California Academy of Sciences for the Holiday Bazaar. It’s a 21+ age event, which = adult merriment of various sorts, a.k.a. booze and music. There will be jewelry, art, accessories, apothecary supplies (actual apothecary not included, we’re guessing), paper goods, and more…

Live DJs will be on hand and  we’re told there will also be two actual live reindeer on the premises.

Members $10, Everyone else $12.

RSVP here: Facebook RSVP

See you there!

Noe Valley

Get to Know a Neighborhood:

Noe Valley and Fitwell Chiropractic Sports Medicine

Later this month we’ll be vending at the Noe Valley Harvest Festival. To get in the mood, we thought we’d do a series of blog posts about some of our favorite things in the neighborhood.  In this installment, we get a little help from official .retool. chiropractor, Dr. Lisa Covey of Fitwell Chiropractic Sports Medicine.

Here at .retool., we are a pretty active bunch (um. pair).  One of us regularly runs very long distances and is a bit of a fitness fiend. The other of us does Ju Jitsu with guys twice his weight.  Needless to say, our bodies take a pounding.

You might not think it, but sewing is surprisingly hard on the body. With all of our extracurricular activities, we sometimes need a little help to stay in tiptop shape so we can keep making cool stuff.

That’s where Lisa comes in.  Jamye found Lisa several years ago and recommended her to me after a martial arts injury.  Lisa was awesome – warm, friendly, knowledgeable, and very skilled.

Her office is in the heart of Noe Valley and here’s what she has to say about the neighborhood (and about being a chiropractor):

Why did you decide to become a chiropractor?

Before ever being adjusted, it was the philosophy of chiropractic that first caught my interest. The primary consideration of which is that the body has an innate capacity to heal itself. I found that to be totally unconventional, simple and in many circumstances true. Then I was adjusted and the rest is history. I have had the great privilege of being in private practice for 13 years and it’s the people I see everyday that makes my job the best in the world.  I meet and get to know so many amazing, interesting and moving people.

What do you do when you’re not busy with adjustments?

When I’m not busy with adjustments I have a two and three year old at home. Between the boys and my surfing wife we go to the beach a lot. At home we dork around in the garden with the greenhouse, vegetable garden, four chickens and worms. I cook and am currently super excited about a couple of micro green trays I just started.

How long have you lived in the Bay Area?

I have lived in the Bay Area since 1997. I moved here to attend chiropractic school and couldn’t believe it took me so long to get here. It’s home.

What do you like most about Noe Valley?

I like the location.  We can walk to the Mission, Castro and Glen Park. I love the sunny warm weather.  I like my neighbors and the small neighborhoody vibe of Noe.

What’s your favorite restaurant/bookstore/park/etc. in Noe Valley?

Honestly, my wife and children would say Happy Donuts.  But I’m a BIG fan of the farmers market.  I’d go every weekend if I could.  It’s a real luxury to have farmers bringing their fresh from the source goods to our community.

What’s your favorite new addition to the neighborhood?

Kind of new would be Celia Sack’s bookstore, Omnivore Books on Food (Church and Cezar Chavez). Although I haven’t been in yet, I think I really might like the new candy store on 24th… Buttons? [ed. – It’s Buttons Candy Bar]  Oh, and how can I forget the soon to be park on 24th, we are super excited about that.

If you didn’t live in Noe Valley, where in SF would you live?

If I didn’t live in Noe Valley I think I would like to live in one of those officer’s houses in the Presidio.  It just looks so idyllic.

What’s your favorite .retool. product?

My wife recently bought the passport wallet which I use as cellphone case/wallet.  I love it because now I carry only the one .retool. phone/wallet thing instead of two separate items (unless I’m carrying a purse, of course).


Thanks Lisa!

Hello, World

.retool. expansion

We’re excited to announce that we are expanding our presence outside the SF Bay Area! We recently sent off bundles of wallets to a couple of really cool looking shops. We just wish we could have made the deliveries in person (did we mention the shops look cool?).

  • City Bird was founded by a pair of native Detroiters (and siblings). In addition to their line of Detroit-themed goods, they feature work by over 200 independent artists, designers, and makers.  You can find them in the Cass Corridor in Midtown, Detroit.
  • Made is located in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The store features an eclectic mix of art and handmade goods. They describe their aesthetic as ‘hip, functional, and unique.’ The owner is also an artist and makes glass belt buckles (awesome!).

We’re happy (and a bit proud) to be included in their collections.

Want to see which other retail stores carry.retool. products? Check out the full list here.