I am a little less ambitious, but no less enthusiastic about promoting independently-owned bookstores. So here is the first of many:
What: Adobe Books and Gallery
Where: 3166 16th Street, San Francisco, CA
What I found:
1. A perfect-condition used copy of Otherwise, the selected poems of Jane Kenyon
2. A vintage field guide to the plants and animals of the Sierra Nevada
3. A 1970's edition of Thomas Hardy's The Return of the Native, with killer cover art
Why you should go: It's in the lively Mission neighborhood, on the same street as a saliva-inducing creperie. The selection is dizzying, and the only reason I didn't buy more was the fact that my bag was too small. The store is large, bright and cluttered. They host readings and gallery openings in their back room.
Want more?: Read their blog, Adobe Books Backroom Gallery.