Shop & Dine in the 49 is San Francisco’s citywide campaign to raise the visibility and importance of buying local. In collaboration with Shop Small, San Francisco’s Buy Local campaign, and private sector partners, Shop and Dine in the 49 has successfully organized dozens of events in the past to promote and celebrate our restaurants, makers, retailers, and other small, local businesses that are the backbone of our economy.
The Shop & Dine campaign has been successful in the past because of all of you – the residents and visitors of San Francisco who direct their shopping to local stores and restaurants, and experience the gems in our City’s diverse neighborhoods. Now more than ever, we need to come together and support our small businesses by buying local. If residents redirect just 10 percent of their spending from chains to local businesses, it will generate $192 million in additional economic activity in San Francisco and almost 1,300 new jobs.
As we approach the holidays, we are relaunching Shop and Dine in the 49 into a year-round effort and we’ll be partnering with merchants and neighborhood organizations to host events where you can shop, dine and explore. We’ll also be highlighting treasured local businesses where you can do your holiday shopping and dining, including restaurants serving Thanksgiving meals, local grocery stores, beloved bakers, toy and gift shops, local breweries and bars selling or delivering cocktails to-go, unique retail boutiques and more.
This year, your decisions matter. Stay local, Shop local, Give local.
NEWS & EVENTS
This holiday season we’ll be showcasing outdoor markets, events, and other opportunities that allow you to shop, have fun, and support our beloved small businesses safely. We will always prioritize public health and the safety of all participants by following best practices, local regulations, and CDC guidelines. Recently, some of our most popular in-person events (such as our pop-up shops) have been modified to become virtual marketplaces. View our calendar below to see the wonderful, neighborhood-focused programs organized by City partners like Livable City and Sunday Streets SF happening every week.
Shared Spaces is a multi-agency program of San Francisco’s Economic Recovery Task Force that allows businesses and community groups to use sidewalks, streets, and nearby public spaces like parks, parking lots and plazas, for restaurant pick-up and other neighborhood retail activities.
So far, over 1,300 free Shared Spaces permits have been issued throughout San Francisco to help businesses move outdoors. You can view an interactive map to see all the proposed and approved locations in your neighborhood.
The creativity and determination of San Francisco’s small businesses are on full display with Shared Spaces, as sidewalks and streets have been transformed into vibrant outdoor dining and shopping spaces. By shopping and dining in your neighborhood (including ordering takeout and delivery), you can give thanks to our resilient business owners and workers who are doing all they can to serve our communities safely during this challenging time. A simple thank you and a small purchase can go a long way!