SF’s top 10 heritage retailers
By Carolyne Zinko, Tony Bravo, John McMurtrie & Maghan McDowell
October 12, 2017
What becomes a legend most? Try San Francisco’s oldest existing commercial business: Shreve & Co. Founded in 1852 as the Shreve Jewelry Co., it was incorporated under its current name in 1894. Its building survived the 1906 earthquake and fire, but record-high Union Square rents in 2015 proved to be a harder force to withstand, and the jeweler to the rich and famous relocated to Post Street. “It is not uncommon, even for a heritage business, to have to shift a block or two to capture its home for the next 100 years,” retail broker Julie Taylor told The Chronicle at the time. Such moves are a common thread among these retailers Style chose to feature in our sixth annual Top Shops issue. But a change of address has not deterred customers, who have remained loyal to these 10 businesses. Their appeal may transcend trends, but they remain firmly rooted in San Francisco.