Support Local San Francisco Businesses

San Francisco is where Fastmetrics began in 1994 and we wouldn’t want it any other way. We love living, working, eating and drinking in San Francisco and enjoy it’s many characters and scenery. Without doubt – SF is one of the United States’ most diverse cities, with great local talent, innovative, thought-leading startups and enterprises.

To showcase this talent, each month our business spotlight post will provide info on 5 different local businesses. They are not existing customers, although we have visited many of these businesses, and have provided some recommendations below. To have your San Francisco business featured, please send us a tweet @fastmetrics1. Every post will be shared with our followers and on our other social media channels.

Sightglass Coffee

At 270 Seventh Street, San Francisco, you’ll find the coffee bar and roastery of this “independant, sibling owned coffee company”, with a focus on hands-on coffee crafting. Sightglass sources all it’s coffee beans in small amounts from origin. Shop Sightglass coffees and their range of brewing tools online.  Better yet, sip one of their freshly crafted lattes at a San Francisco location near you.


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SF Flower Mart

The San Francisco Flower Mart is one of only 5 grower-owned flower markets in the United States. With origins dating back to the late 1800s, it has been quoted as “the best flower market in the country” by Martha Stewart Living Magazine and a “one-stop floral source for the Northern California area”.

The SF Flower Mart supplies to retail florists, events planners, interior decorators – or every event, gift shops and home owners. You can find it at 6th and Brannan Street, San Francisco. Check opening hours, contact details and vendor info on the San Francisco Flower Market.


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Guitar Center

Starting in 1959 as The Organ Store in Hollywood, the business quickly evolved into the Guitar Center. Today, the business has expanded to a network of more than 100 nationwide stores. It also ships internationally to more than 90 countries.

The second ever Guitar Center was opened in 1972, right here in San Francisco. Innovative employees Ray Scherr and Larry Thomas both started at the San Francisco store, which is now at 1645 Van Ness Avenue. The Guitar Center story is best told through the timeline on their website, (rather than this post), spanning from the 60s through to today. Guitar Center wants you to get the “Greatest Feeling on Earth” and offers a range of free music lessons to help you do it.


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Bacon Bacon

Bacon Bacon operates a cafe at 205A Frederick Street San Francisco, provides home delivery and also a food truck, which runs on a schedule which you can see here. Try their famous bacon burger, grilled cheese, tacos, range of sides and even some bacon flavored desserts! We also recommend the LGBT sandwich – that’s short for little gem lettuce, goat cheese, bacon and tomato. Best washed down with a nice cold Mexican coke.

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Smitten Ice Cream

Smitten Ice Cream was founded by Robyn Sue Fisher. Smitten is based on the idea that ice cream at it’s best, should be fresh and shouldn’t contain preservatives and other ingredients that are hard to pronounce, just to prolong shelf-life.

Smitten makes use of liquid nitrogen technology to produce “new, old-fashioned ice cream”. The ice cream is made using a one-of-a-kind ice cream maker that perfects the process, to make the “smoothest, densest, most flavorful ice cream on earth”. The company has 4 Bay Area locations and is opening a new store at 2404 California Street in San Francisco in May 2015.

We recommend the TCHO 60.5% chocolate, which combines toasted walnuts, spicy brown sugar and caramel plus whipped cream. There’s also a range of seasonal flavors available, all made from scratch, using local produce.


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