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      News — SF Store

      10 years

      On Friday October 4th, 2002 around 2pm, we took the newspaper off of our windows and opened the doors to our store called Otsu at 3253 16th Street in San Francisco. It's been a long and short ten years since then. Our business has gone through many permutations, from selling vegan shoes and bags and handmade goods and comics, to making artist t-shirts, to having two stores in two different states, to launching a paper goods line and changing our name, to running our store on Valencia from a state away, to being a publisher with just an online shop, to where we are now. Neither of us came from a retail/business background and it's been a matter of organic turns and discoveries and flops and learning on the job. Every year that we celebrate an anniversary is a small victory in itself, but turning ten seems to be a more momentous occasion. It is humbling that we are able to do what we do and take these crazy chances that succeed more often than not--it is a bounty that we are genuinely thankful for.

      And of course we would not be where we are today without the help and support of lots of people and we want to express our gratitude to everyone who has contributed to the longevity of our little enterprise: all our customers, all the artists we've worked with, all our vendors, anyone who has ever written about us, our families & friends, George, Kirk, Amara, Alexa, Anna, Crystal, Kate, Lart (happy birthday!), Martine, Tony, Chi-hui, Tommy, Jennie, Dave C., Greg S., Amy & Richard (1984 Printing), Cindy (Favorite Printing), Pat & Aaron, Chad & Emiko, Phil, Yuri, Lauren, David C., Steve & Olivia, Sara O'Sullivan, Creativity Explored, Gabrielle & Andy,  Eun-Ha & Karl, Alissa, Chris D., Dustin, Jason, Jill, Laura & Austin (Pinball), Rita, Kaori, Kristine, Claire, Helen, McSweeney's, Andrew, Dave E., Vendela, Barb, Heidi, Angela, Jordan, Eli, Adam, Greg L., Laura, Chris Y., Brian, Giselle & Phurba.

      We don't know what the next ten years will hold, but we hope to keep sharing them with you. Thanks!

      SF: LO Mini Store now open Mondays

      Hey San Francisco, starting today you can visit Rare Device and our mini store hosted by them every day of the week! We'll now be open on Mondays from noon-8pm. Come visit!

      Little Otsu Mini Store at Rare Device
      600 Divisadero Street (corner of Hayes)
      San Francisco, CA 94117
      Mon-Fri 12-8, Sat 11-7, Sun 11-6

      SF: Little Otsu Mini Store at Rare Device Grand Opening!

      It's finally here, the grand opening of our Mini Store at Rare Device! We are thrilled to be part of this new storefront at 600 Divisadero Street (corner of Hayes) in San Francisco. We will have a mini version of our old Valencia Street store hosted by the good folks of Rare Device in their new location. We're stocking just about all of our Little Otsu line of illustrated books & paper goods as well as old & new favorites from other small publishers and makers.

      We'll also be celebrating the release of Living Things Vol. 8 by Jessica Seamans which we'll have on-hand along with some original art from previous Living Things volumes.

      The Grand Opening party is Thursday, March 15th from 5-10pm. Please come down and say hi!

      Little Otsu Mini Store at Rare Device
      600 Divisadero St.
      San Francisco, CA 94117
      open Tues-Fri 12-8, Sat 11-7, Sun 11-6

      San Francisco: we're coming back!

      We have a big announcement today: in conjunction with Rare Device's move to Western Addition in early March, we'll be setting up a mini store in their new space at 600 Divisadero! We all enjoyed our partnership in our pop-up shop at Rare Device this past summer and when the idea arose to team up on something more permanent, it seemed like a natural fit. While we won't be there in-person on a day-to-day basis (we're still living in Portland), we'll be setting up and stocking our own little department within Rare Device which will be a showcase for all of our publishing goods as well as some of our favorite paper goods and crafts from our old Valencia Street shop.

      We're very excited to be re-establishing ourselves in a new neighborhood which has some of the old comforts of the Mission. We'll still be a block away from Herbivore and early summer will bring Bi-Rite just a couple doors down. We're still just blocks away from an amazing park (the incomparable Alamo Square--home of those famous Painted Lady victorians for you Full House fans) and there's a bus stop right in front of the store. We'll be smack dab on the corner of Divisadero and Hayes, just down the block from The Independent. It's going to be a new adventure and we can't wait!

      The space is still under construction so stay tuned for updates, but we're thrilled to be teaming up with Rare Device and soon having a retail presence back in the city where we started!

      [caption id="attachment_3548" align="alignnone" width="575" caption="meat market out, Rare Device and Little Otsu in!"][/caption]

      [caption id="attachment_3549" align="alignnone" width="575" caption=""before" shots of 600 Divisadero"][/caption]

      Final Days to Shop In-Store & Online for Xmas

      We are counting down to our last days at the SF Store (read more about it here) and the last days to order online in time for xmas. So here is the official rundown...

      Our final day open at our SF Store is December 26th and we are open every day until then (except for the 25th). We'll even have special extended holiday hours! So please shop early for best selection and use your store credit if you have any (store credit can't transfer to our online shop). Since we're closing the business, all sales are final (no returns/exchanges). So stop on by to say a final hi and pick up a holiday gift before we move online entirely and ScholarMatch moves in.

      Recommended Online Ordering Dates for Delivery by the 25th

      -International orders: December 14th

      -US orders with free shipping (available for domestic orders of $35 & up): December 14th

      -US orders with UPS Ground shipping: December 16th

      -US orders with First Class Mail shipping: December 18th

      -US orders with Priority Mail shipping: December 20th