New App Delivers Local Shopping To San FranciscoAuthor:Elysa Hill
Trust San Francisco to make shopping local even easier. New iPhone app SixDoors curates high-quality goods and delivers them right to your doorstep (or office, or parklet) the same day.
The app partnered with more than 50 stores citywide, which means that a whole lot of goodies are just a swipe away. Users can browse by category (women, men, eat+drink, home, tech) or collection (Treat of the Week, Wine Delivery, The Ultimate Man Collection, New Arrivals). Selecting an item will take you to a screen with a product description and a “love it” scale similar to Instagram’s. Click on the store name to see how fast the goods can travel from the store to your door – a “Can Deliver Now” availability makes it all too easy to get your purchases in a snap – or rather, a tap.
Beautifully curated shopping outlets boasting handcrafted wares, luxurious furniture pieces, and techy accessories (those Pantone iPhone cases!) are sprinkled throughout the city, some in neighborhoods that we don’t frequent nearly as often as we’d like. “We’re all so busy that we don’t always have time to discover and explore them all,” said SixDoors founder Pascal Levy-Garboua.
Isn’t that the truth. Since I’m inclined to be short a birthday card or two when I need them yesterday, I was curious to test out this same-day delivery service. After browsing several items from stores I’m already familiar with (shout out to Whistle in the Sunset and Cole Valley’s Urban Mercantile), I chose a couple cheeky letterpress cards from Viracocha, a cool store in the Mission that I haven’t come across yet.
A cool thing to note: You can specify a time frame for your purchase to be delivered. I selected an afternoon slot, and, sure enough, around 2 p.m. the app updated to show that the goods were in transit. My purchase arrived shortly afterwards in mint condition – the courier even called to let me know he hit a bit of traffic but was on his way. The cards were tucked in a little brown bag proudly sporting the SixDoors sticker of authenticity and a note thanking me for using the service. Even better? The cards were printed by Coffee ‘n’ Cream Press, one of my fave SF letterpress studios.
I would love to receive a few more hours in my day, but – until there’s an app for that – this handy one will do just fine.
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