{Pretty Places} The Ribbonerie, San Francisco

While we all spend the week eating celery (oh happy day!) I thought I would start off the year with on of my favorite calorie-free indulgences… Ribbon!

After spending many years as a floral designer I became accustomed to having racks and racks of ribbon available to me.  Now that I’m no longer working in a flower shop, I’ve gathered my own personal collection that easily rivals that of any upscale store!  I buy ribbon at craft stores, fabric stores, scrapbooking stores, Costco, Wal-mart, and anywhere else I can find it!

When my friend Sharnel and I were planning our shopping adventures in San Francisco last fall, one of the stops on our list was a store called The Ribbonerie. (Read about a few of our other stops HERE and HERE).  The name alone sold me, but after a bit more research I knew this was no ordinary store.  With expectant hearts, Sharnel and I entered the store and there it was… rows and rows of ribbon… dots and stripes, satin and grosgrain, new and vintage, every shade of every color you’ve ever imagined!

We had walked into ribbon HEAVEN!

We spent the next hour just taking it all in, enjoying simply being surrounded by such beauty.  Not only is the ribbon itself incredible, but the ribbon is all displayed in the most beautiful and unique antique ribbon racks and shelves.  If you are ever in San Francisco, The Ribbonerie is certainly worth a special stop.

Above is gorgeous Sharnel, (proof that I knew her before she met Oprah!) among the beautiful ribbon.

We were both in our happy place here!

All images by Glory Albin, taken (with permission) in The Ribbonerie, San Francisco, California.

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31 Responses to “{Pretty Places} The Ribbonerie, San Francisco”

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    DreamgirlLisa — January 2, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    That place looks amazing Glory, I have to go there! I, like you, have always had a bit of an obsession for ribbon. I have boxes full myself, and I used to have even more. My girls never left the house when they were little w/out a handmade bow in their hair, I even used to sell them! Looks like you girls had a ton of fun!

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    Naturally Carol — January 2, 2011 at 8:58 pm

    Ever since I was little I loved ribbons..I had short hair at about 5 years old and envied girls with long hair partly 'cos they got to choose ribbons to put in their hair! Then when I was older I had a heap of ribbons for my hair…until those ropey things came in..in the 70's…then I grew up. Now I just use them in sewing when I can!

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    little treasures — January 2, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    WOW! What an amazing shop!!!

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    karamelam — January 2, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    I love that shop. I want in there…

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    Les rêves d'une boulangère (Brittany) — January 2, 2011 at 10:52 pm

    I always visit ribbon and craft stores and fall in love! So vibrant.

    Enjoy your celery 😉

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    cappuccino and colour — January 2, 2011 at 11:10 pm

    wow seventh heaven indeed!! its on my list of places to visit. TFS

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    la boom! — January 3, 2011 at 1:25 am

    Wow stunning!!!
    I could actually live in there :)

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    daisy daydreams — January 3, 2011 at 1:45 am

    Ribbon heaven here I come, well maybe not, as I am in the UK – I can always dream though…..x

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    HiLLjO — January 3, 2011 at 5:09 am

    Ohhh my gravy! That is purrrrrty!!! Thank you for sharing the fact of this place's existence!

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    Amy @ Amy Miller Designs — January 3, 2011 at 6:33 am

    Oh my gosh…what an awesome place!! That would be heaven for me too…I love to look at ribbon!

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    Rach — January 3, 2011 at 7:21 am

    Woah! Eye candy overload!!!

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    Me and My Pink Mixer — January 3, 2011 at 7:21 am

    Wow ~ that's alot of ribbon! So pretty. BTW – I am eating carrot sticks right now :)

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    Amy and Family — January 3, 2011 at 10:31 am

    how fun! I loved thinking how much fun that must have been for you two. Can't wait to see what you do with your latest ribbons!

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    Kari — January 3, 2011 at 10:51 am

    Oh my goodness! This looks like heaven!!! :)

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    bridget {bake at 350} — January 3, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    I want to go there!!!

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    jennie w. — January 3, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    That IS Heaven for sure!

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    Cecilia — January 3, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    These photos are gorgeous! I love ribbon! I just want to jump through my computer to the store! I am so jealous that you went without me!
    Love, Cecilia

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    Maria - Greece — January 4, 2011 at 3:10 am

    What a beautiful shop!

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    Anonymous — January 4, 2011 at 11:22 am

    I'm very happy I discovered your blog via the white library via celebrations at home via bakerella.
    I'm looking forward to reading your blog and gleaming your expertise for our future family parties. Thanks for the previous post about the favorites of 2010. You did some amazing parties; especially Grace's candy party.
    Happy New Year.
    from a new reader. AL in Calif.

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    RaDonna Murner — January 5, 2011 at 4:53 am

    I am SOOO glad this place does not exist anywhere near Austin. I'd be in heaps of trouble…and broke.

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    deniza17 — January 5, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    Thise is Treasure Island!

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    Gifts of Serendipity — January 7, 2011 at 12:57 am

    Ooh La Lovely!
    Thank you for sharing this feast for the eyes, what a treat!

    Felicity x

    PS Visiting via Sharnel's

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    Where My Heart Is — January 7, 2011 at 1:39 am

    Sharnel said to come on over and pay you a visit and I am sure glad I did! Love your blog.

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    Viktoria-Pinkpastry — January 7, 2011 at 2:53 am

    I love youre blog! Big hugs from sweden!

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    jetergirl20 — January 7, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    I would love to have a store like that somewhere aroung the dallas area!! im going to start looking! what an awesome store!

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    jetergirl20 — January 7, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    I would love to have a store like that somewhere aroung the dallas area!! im going to start looking! what an awesome store!

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    Lori — January 14, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    Absolutely bliss!!!Lori

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    Stine — September 6, 2011 at 2:37 am

    Wow – I wish we had a place like this in Norway. There are just a few places to buy ribbons here and the options are not great.
    I now know where to go if I'm ever in San Fransisco….

    I just found you blogg yesterday and I'm having a lot of fun looking through it. A lot of grat ideas – loving it :-)

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    Patty — January 30, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    Oh my! I would be in 7th Heaven in a store like that! I love ribbon. If I ever get to SF, I definitely know where I'm going :)

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    lilique — February 13, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    Wow!!! this is beautiful,, I wish there was a store here in my country like this or a place were I could buy ribbons with that kind of stock.. I love it!!!

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    barbara — October 20, 2015 at 2:28 pm

    oh how I wish you had a shop in the UK. I would love to spend hours looking and buying.so when are you going to open one?.good luck anyway.

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