San Francisco Stories April 16, 2016

expiredMinimalist iPhone 6/s Leather Wallet Case: $15 Prime shipped (Reg. $25), more

Cool Wind via Amazon offers its Leather Minimal Wallet Case for iPhone 6/s for $14.95 Prime shipped after promo code 9TO5CASE is applied during checkout. For comparison, you’ll typically find it on sale at Amazon for $25. Today’s deal is a match of our previous mention. This case is designed in San Francisco and offers two slots for IDs or credit cards and is rated 4.5/5 stars.

San Francisco Stories April 15, 2016

expiredGive Google Express a try with this $30 credit for $15 w/ email delivery (50% savings)

Today only, Groupon is offering a $30 credit for new Google Express customers for $15 with email delivery. Note: While it appears the voucher is only for the midwest, the listing says it will work in all Google Express cities. If you do run into any issues, Groupon offers a refund within the first 3 days of purchase.

San Francisco Stories August 14, 2015

Gigantic Lite-Brite brings all your childhood art work back to life

The Lite-Brite is one of the iconic toys from the last 50 years. The ability to create custom lighted displays of nearly any idea possible was always a fun time. Now, hero design out of San Francisco has managed to create a model, called the Everbright, that is over 42 times bigger than the original toy. Instead of plugging each individual light in, they are using 464 dials that adjust the millions of colors and hues of each individual LED light. The creations are pretty awesome…

With a giant Lite-Brite, the opportunities are endless. We’re thinking that one would look pretty cool in the 9to5Toys office.

Source: Design Boom

San Francisco Stories July 17, 2015

Since Apple Watch was released back in the Spring to varying degrees of fanfare, accessory companies have been rushing to develop and ship their own products for this new timepiece. There have been different levels of quality and styles that charge, hold or store Apple Watch. While the low-end market has been flooded with plastic charging solutions, we have not seen as many options that mix natural materials with Apple’s latest device.

Today we’ll be looking at DODOcase’s $100 Charging Stand for Apple Watch that is made from USA-sourced wood and is handcrafted in San Franciscoexpand full story

San Francisco Stories June 10, 2015

Update (6/18 11:45am): @kbranch is our winner – thanks to everyone for entering our giveaway!

With most Apple Watch orders finally being fulfilled, the accessories market for the new timepiece is beginning to take shape. We have already reviewed a handful of options for keeping Apple’s latest device charged and displayed. While these products offer unique solutions to power management, there is still room for developing this product category.

DODOcase, purveyors of handcrafted goods in San Francisco, is leaning on its talents to create a dock for Apple Watch and iPhone whether your on the road or at home. We’ve spent a few weeks with the Dual Charging Dock Organizer, head below for our full review and details on how you could win one for yourself. expand full story

San Francisco Stories May 18, 2015

expiredSave 25% on some of Timbuk2’s newest styles: 2015 Command Messenger Bag for $104 (Reg. $139), more

Timbuk2 is discounting “almost everything” by 25% today, bringing the price down on many new styles that were recently released. These bags are handcrafted in San Francisco, CA and are covered by a lifetime warranty. Free shipping is available on orders of $75 or more.

Some standout deals include:

San Francisco Stories February 24, 2015

There are many ways to carry the smorgasbord of items we carry on a daily basis while traveling or going to work. Sometimes though, it’s the smaller things that don’t find a home in your bag or suitcase. With many larger offerings already on the market, made-by-hand San Francisco manufacturer Waterfield Designs has introduced a new Padded Gear Pouch specifically for carrying all the smaller items.

Whether it’s for an iPad mini, external hard drive, Apple TV or simple toiletries, this multipurpose bag can carry a number of different items. We’ve got the full details on this new product from Waterfield, a video from its designer and the full press release below.

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San Francisco Stories January 13, 2015

WaterField Designs, purveyors of high-quality bags and accessories made in San Francisco, has released its latest addition to its popular line of its the commuter solutions. Designed specifically for “techies and travelers”, the made-by-hand Bolt Briefcase puts the focus on quick access to the most important items in your bag, while keeping your valuables secure.

Owner Gary Waterfield describes the new Bolt as so:

When designing the Bolt, we started with a list of what we travel with and how much protection and accessibility we need for each item. For example, my wallet and smartphone—high accessibility items—are safely stowed, but easily accessed from front magnet-closing pockets, while my laptop sits securely inside its padded main-compartment laptop sleeve.

This new bag features two “easy-access” compartments for the gear that needs to be pulled out regularly, a waterproof compartment, a padded sleeve area for laptops and a slot to slide over suitcase handles. It is available in two sizes, 13 and 17-inch and is available in a variety of colors. Starting at $249 for the small model, and $30 more for the larger rendition, the Bolt Briefcase is set to ship on January 20th. Full PR below:

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San Francisco Stories November 8, 2014

Small States features small companies that design and manufacture within the United States. 

Since we began writing Small States about two and half months ago, we’ve been afforded the opportunity to tell the story of many great companies in the United States. It has been an incredible journey of meeting people that are passionate about bringing old world craftsman skills back to a country that has found peace in buying things from overseas. We have met and profiled so many great proprietors of high-quality products, telling their story has been an honor for us.

Today, we highlight DODOcase, makers of beautiful goods that provide a home for your iPad, iPhone, laptops and more. With Small States, we’ve found an opportunity to highlight products that are manufactured within the United States, but with DODO it’s about so much more.

This San Francisco based company is not only manufacturing beautiful products, they are bringing back a way of life and skill that has quickly escaped our country over the last 50 years. expand full story

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