This Russian Hill Concept Store Is Move-In Ready
For a hot second, I was ready to trade San Francisco for New Orleans. I had several ideas for business ventures, including an immersive shopping experience where everything in the store—down to the fixtures and furniture—would be for sale.
So I decided that Uptown NOLA was calling me. Then—true story—a guy was shot in my friend's yard in Uptown New Orleans, and I realized there was a reason I had left Louisiana behind. Good news: dude is okay. More good news: my concept store dream exists in Russian Hill.
It's called Batch.
The brain-child of Lindsay Meyer and Todd Kimmel, Batch is housed in an historic 1916-era firehouse at 1648 Pacific Avenue and designed like a chic loft. As you move between living spaces, a kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom, it feels like you're hanging out in an impossibly cool friend's home. The only difference? At Batch, you can purchase anything you see. If you stumble upon the restroom and decide you like the soap or the towels, you can buy them. The store flips its inventory and layout seasonally, so there are constantly new opportunities for discovery.
As far as home goods stores go, Batch gets it right. The store carries several lines, like Interior Define and Parachute, which are typically limited to e-commerce, along with pieces from local artists and artisans and gifts for the holidays.
To check it out for yourself, stop in between 11 am and 7 pm on weekdays or 10:30 am and 5 pm on weekends. Batch is also hosting workshops and events in the space. Next up: a holiday swag-making class with Keegan Amit of Petal Atelier.