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    Just for Fun & Scribbledoodles, Flowers of the Valley, Mixcoatl Handicrafts & Jewelry

    Just For Fun & Scribbledoodles
    3982 24th Street
    Contact: David Eiland 10 am–5 pm Daily

    Since its opening in 1987, locals have enjoyed shopping at this LGBT-owned business for more than three decades. Many will swear by the store’s extensive offering of toys for children and adults, kitchenware, art and party supplies, unique office items, personalized invitations, table names, and cards for many occasions. It’s considered a great place for last minute gifts, including silly, unusual, novel, and useful ones, too. There is also a selection of Judaica, including Seder plates.

    Co-owner David Eiland tells us that in response to COVID-19, Just for Fun has implemented strict protocols. Masks are required and hand sanitizer stations are available. Surfaces are continually sanitized and distance markers indicate where to stand in line. You can therefore relax as you peruse the store’s impressive selection of items, such as elegant Crane & Co. cards. All personalized holiday card orders are now 10% off through November 2!

    Flowers of the Valley
    4077 24th Street
    Contact: Yuliya
    9 am–7:30 pm Daily

    We all know some special places where we love to shop, and often they are run by special people. This is one of those places. San Francisco Bay Times team members, captivated by the ever-evolving selection of seasonal wreaths, have shopped here for at least two decades.

    Fresh flowers arrive daily at this distinctive florist in the heart of Noe Valley located near the intersection of Castro and 24th Streets. With more than 40 years combined experience in the family, Flowers of the Valley specializes in orchids and gets rave reviews for their floral services for all occasions.

    With staying safe in mind, there’s a limit of two customers inside. Wear your mask! Mention this article and get 10% off during October. Tell Yuliya the Bay Times sent you!

    Mixcoatl Handicrafts & Jewelry
    3201 24th Street
    Contact: Connie Rivera and Ricardo Peña
    Mixcoatl on Facebook
    11 am–6 pm Daily

    LGBT community members who love wearing masks will admire the selection of high-quality handmade ones available at Mixcoatl. Located on the corner at 24th and Van Ness, the shop also receives rave reviews for their selection of everything you’ll need to celebrate Day of the Dead aka All Souls’ Day. Originating in Mexico, this holiday has grown in popularity in recent years and is now celebrated broadly. In the U.S. for 2020, Day of the Dead will be observed beginning on Saturday, October 31, and concluding on Monday, November 2.

    Owner Connie Rivera and her partner Ricardo Peña, who are well-known for their community service, have taught free Aztec dance classes for more than 25 years at the Mission Cultural and Rec Centers. Connie has also inspired low-income women through the organization known as ALAS. They are currently volunteering as distributors at the Mission Food Hub.

    Mixcoatl was hit hard since the start of pandemic, so friends and neighbors began a supportive GoFundMe campaign that is still active. To contribute, go to:

    Published on October 22, 2020