Secret Sources: Brit Morin, DIY QueenAuthor:Elysa Hill
The name Brit Morin is synonymous with DIY – think Martha Stewart, for the hip crowd. The SF-based crafter founded the eponymous Brit + Co. in 2011, a lifestyle technology company that makes handmade projects accessible to all skill levels. Always obsessed with technology and making, Brit applied her talents at Apple and Google before channeling her passion into Brit + Co. The brand that started as online tutorials for chic earrings, gold-dipped mason jars, and beginners’ guides to woodshop has evolved into Re:Make, a two-day conference for creatives, and MakeShop, a holiday pop-up shop that premiered this winter and offered classes including marquee making and calligraphy. We can’t say we’re not jealous of her amazing biz life – every day she gets to brainstorm, create, and share ideas, all in the name of, as she says, “helping people live more simply and creatively.” Today, Brit lets us in on her Mecca of art stores, where she ventures to clear her mind, and her go-to spot for super sweet inspiration.
If you haven’t been to Flora Grubb Gardens yet, you should plan a trip ASAP. You’ll find everything for your garden at this adorable nursery. The variety of succulents alone keeps me coming back time and time again. Not to mention, there’s a Ritual Coffee Roasters and tons of cool seating, so you can relax and enjoy all of their gorgeous greenery. (See opening image.) 1634 Jerrold Ave, San Francisco.
TechShop is a SF spot that’s very near and dear to my heart. It’s where I rediscovered my love for making, and really why I decided to start Brit + Co. TechShop is a community-based workshop that operates like a gym. You pay a monthly membership fee, and get full access to their cutting-edge tools and equipment. From milling machines and vinyl cutters to band saws and spot welders, it has everything you need. Oh, and did I mention they have classes? I learned everything from 3D printing to laser cutting from their expert (and awesome) teachers. 926 Howard Street, San Francisco.
Not too long ago, my husband and I moved to Marin. Now we spend our weekends hiking, biking, or catching some rays at Stinson Beach. It’s one the best ways to disconnect and get some down time. If you’re looking for a good hike, I highly recommend The Coastal Trail.
Ice cream can be a very controversial topic here in San Francisco. From BiRite to Humphry Slocombe, there’s not a shortage of delicious options. Smitten Ice Cream is newer to the SF ice cream scene and has quickly become one of my favorites. It’s delicious, made to order, and perfect for a warm afternoon in the city. (Pro tip: Try the chocolate. It’s amazing.) 432 Octavia St. #1A, San Francisco.
FLAX is every maker’s dream. You’ll find anything and everything you need to get your DIY on at this San Francisco favorite. The minute I walk in the door, my head starts spinning with new project ideas. I can get lost in FLAX for hours at a time. The best part? FLAX has been a local art store in San Francisco for 75 years. 1699 Market Street, San Francisco.
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