Another Cortland Closure: Bernalese heading to retirement

For us Cortland dwellers, it’s been a bit of a tough year for businesses on the avenue (RIP Heartfelt, Hunan Chef, 331, Discount Club, etc). Sadly, as announced on Instagram Saturday, Bernalese will be the latest store to shutter.

While there’s no official end date yet, the following note was posted to the shop window:

There was a great deep dive on Bernalese posted to bernalheights.com over a year ago, and in the article the owners Matt and Sean talked about how they wanted to take their love of antiques and turn it into a retirement gig. It appears now that the true retirement bug has bit them, and thus Bernalese goes as they go.

Personally, I’ll be there this weekend to pick up some of the killer barware (hello coupe glasses and tiki mugs) at 50% off, and I’ll also be wishing Matt and Sean best of luck with whatever the future holds.


Hear about a closure or opening in Bernal Heights? Please email bernalhype@gmail.com so that I can follow-up and write a post. Thanks to neighbor Julie for the tip here!

Six Shops in One: Holiday Pop-Up at Heartfelt until 12/24

When I saw the letter about Heartfelt calling it quits at the 436 Cortland Ave location, I honestly felt pretty heartbroken. Where would I go should I need a last minute card for a birthday that I definitely did not forget? Sure you could still order things on the Heartfelt website, but nothing beat wandering around the store and convincing yourself that someone in your life absolutely needed a “noveltea” loose-leaf infuser or a break-your-own-geode.

Luckily for us, Heartfelt has thrown open the doors from 11am-7pm daily for six women-owned outlets to host their wares this holiday season (through at least December 24th). Below I’ll be doing a quick rundown of who you’ll find and what they sell:

Store #1: Wink SF

Wink is not dissimilar to Heartfelt itself. You may have heard of them before as they have a brick & mortar in Noe Valley at 4107 24th St. Wink has a bit of everything, and I found that their About section seems to cover it all nice and succinctly:

Think of it as your favorite museum store on overload. Travel gear and messenger bags by Jack Spade and Orla Kiely are mixed in with Malin + Goetz products, kitchen gadgets and a well-selected assortment of greeting cards

Marcy Israel and Teresa Hagiya, Wink SF

Store #2: Crystal & Gold

Crystal & Gold is the creation of Roxanne Miranda, who describes herself as a jewelry artist, mindset coach, and meditation guide.

The collection is handcrafted jewelry centered around natural crystals, with each piece being as unique as the crystals themselves.

Store #3: Handsome

Handsome is all about seeking zero waste. Stephanie Ciancio is the owner and is herself a consultant for getting your own home de-cluttered and on a path to less waste. This shop has products ranging from mason jars and bulk bags to reusable water bottles and coffee mugs.

Store #4: Beijo Brasil

From glass rings to patches to necklaces of enamel and metal, Beijo Brasil has an array of jewelry and other wearables to match your style. Misty Marie is the owner here and has been running this business since 2002.

Store #5: Josie Carter Designs

Josie Carter is a Bernal artist who makes customized art out of transformed objects like furniture, vases, jewelry boxes, and much more. She had a number of custom scarves/shawls at her location as well when I stopped by earlier this week.

Store #6: Recycled Glass Works

Lauren Becker is all about taking existing glass products (mostly window-glass) and transforming them into something special. She uses no brand-new materials, and yet her work looks like it was created from scratch.

She had a variety of bowls, plates, and platters at the pop-up shop, and you could always order more from her website (including setting up a unique wedding registry).

As mentioned above, this pop-up is running through Christmas Eve, so make sure you stop by in the next few days before we return to the world without Heartfelt on Cortland.