Spring is upon us - soon flowers will begin to bloom, birds will begin to sing and you might consider a little refresh of your abode or wardrobe. As the economy picks up Union Square is bustling with new shops where you can get some snazzy duds, grab a bite, outfit your apartment and even start saving for the future. Here is a list the top businesses to hit up that have opened in the past six months!
For the Fashion Fiends
Dior Homme (216 Stockton St.)
Gentlemen, you no longer have an excuse for less than dapper duds, Dior Homme opened this holiday season with two stories and over 2,200 square feet of modern, minimalist chic men’s ready-to-wear, shoes, leather goods, fragrances and sunglasses. The store features a pastoral mural by local illustrator Hannah Stouffer as well as a sleek men’s suiting department.
XXI Forever (2 Stockton St.)
If you’ve outgrown the trendy, sparkly and brightly colored frocks at Forever 21, XXI forever might just be for you. Designed to be the answer to their flagship store for the slightly more mature but still fashion-forward gal, XXI Forever boasts 53,000 square feet of au courant fashion and accessories with fun themed boutiques such as the “Bubble Room” and the “Love Room.”
Icebreaker (170 Post St.)
Sporty types will be pleased to see this New Zealand purveyor of athletic merino wool clothes has joined the Union Square neighborhood. Icebreaker specializes in highly technical, eco-friendly wool that keeps you cool when you’re hot and warm when you’re cold all while resisting odor (pretty impressive!). The clothing comes in athletic chic styles ready to get you hiking, biking and doing outdoorsy stuff. The store itself is a sight to see with a merino wool chandelier and a “TouchLab” where you can feel different types of wool.
Pashma (29 Maiden Lane)
This boutique filled with effortlessly elegant patterned cashmere and silk-blend scarves, accessories and apparel is sure to become your next favorite spot to pick up a gift for someone special or treat yourself. This is the first time the luxurious pieces inspired by designs from all over the world are available in North America.
Industrie Denim (300 Grant Ave)
This mecca of all things denim carries a wide range of premium denim brands and is so dedicated to finding the right fit that their dressing rooms feature “booty cams” allowing you to see their styles from every possible angle. The super hip space sports a chic industrial look and offers a variety of curated accessories to complete your denim look.
Lomography (309 Sutter St.)
Sometimes we all crave the days before everything went digital, and that’s where places like Lomography come in. This cute little shop carries nothing but analogue cameras and accessories, and they also serve as a community outpost for pre-camera phone enthusiasts, hosting events with kooky themes like Gold Rush and Wild Animals.
Urban Hardwoods (434 Post St.)
Specializing in one-of-a-kind wooden furniture, designed to show off natural wood elements rather than mask them, this store sources all its wood from salvaged trees in the northwest. That means the pieces are as sustainable as they are stylish.
ING Direct Café (101 Post St.)
Home to the Union Square Business Improvement District’s upcoming Spring Fling, the new ING Direct Café offers checking, savings and investment advice with a side of Peet’s coffee and pastry. These aren’t your average baristas; each one is a knowledgeable ING Direct banker.
Hops & Hominy (1 Tillman Place)
We waited with bated breath to find out what would go into the old Azul space in Tillman Plaza and weren’t disappointed to find a modern new Southern-inspired restaurant with California flair. Got a craving for fried chicken, how about oysters or maybe bacon-infused bourbon? This is the place to get your fix. They remodeled space is both contemporary and welcoming and features a reclaimed wood floor made from the old Petaluma roller skating rink floor.
Bouche (603 Bush St.)
An intimate café at the top of the Stockton tunnel, this eatery had big shoes to fill as the heir to the old Bar Crudo space. With a pedigree including growing up in France and living in Boston and the Bay Area, chef Nicolas Borze has created a rustic bistro where local workers and visitors can gather for happy hour or dinner and enjoy small French plates paired with local beers and wines.
Claudine (8 Claude Lane)
While we love Café Claude, we’re glad they took the time to create a more contemporary, streamlined concept. Claudine is just around the corn and serves as a cute lunch spot, a tiny gourmet market and a place to grab high-end takeout. The cuisine takes its inspiration from all around the world with a base in French cooking.