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Buyer's Best Friend going retail [San Francisco]

grayelf Jun 18, 2012 11:53 AM

I was reading about this former wholesaler here http://sf.eater.com/archives/2012/06/... but couldn't find anything on CH, perhaps because it wasn't previously open to the public. Any intel, SF Bay Area Hounds? I like the idea that you can sample nearly everything on the floor. Looks like it would be worthy of a visit on our next trip.

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    hyperbowler Jun 18, 2012 12:52 PM

    Thanks for the link--- I'll try to stop in this coming weekend. They were one of only a few local merchants who had food at the Haight Street fair two weekends ago, and I recall grabbing of something really good. With the revised Haight Street Market and Whole Foods nearby, I'd be curious to see how they fare.

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      adamsah Jun 18, 2012 11:34 PM

      Haight St Fair was wonderful for us-- we did 8-10 TIMES the daily volume, which apparently is unusual for other merchants, and which we did by reconfiguring the store to support a crowd. The back-story: we now have experience from wholesale trade shows, and treated the fair as a "trade show with cash registers" focusing on simplifying the experience, drawing attention, and flow through the store. We created a 'VIP lounge' for serious customers, in-depth meetings and friends & family. By design, the store can be reconfigured in minutes, and it was put back together before we closed up for the night.

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      waldito Jun 20, 2012 10:08 AM

      Nice. With the 10% off introductory offer (http://www.bbfdirect.com/store#), I'm sure you'll be seeing some chowhounds soon!

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        hyperbowler Jul 1, 2012 08:19 PM

        They have a stunning selection of sample-able items. I just peeped in, and the friendly people there guided me toward trying a nice balsamic vinegar, four mustards, a few oils, a few caramels, and a balsamic jam. They have a few recognizable items, but most of their selection is stuff I've never seen before. This place isn't cheap, but the prices are in line with what you'd see at wineries or other gourmet shops.

        There's a back section of the store that was cordoned off. If I understood the sign correctly, they have stuff back there for industry people.

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          grayelf Dec 15, 2012 04:52 PM

          Quick update: BBF now has an outlet in North Beach and just opened in the Ferry Building in case the Haight is not convenient. We checked out the original outlet in November and it was lots of fun to sample (and buy). They even had a couple of Canadian items :-).

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