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Buy Local — Mostly Beer 

Wednesday, May 2 2012
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As a manufacturing outpost, San Francisco doesn’t make very much. We make people click ads, mostly. And we make a lot of coffee. But wouldn’t it be great if you could buy something solid from the city, something real? Maybe something like a mattress? And wouldn’t it be great to tour the factory before you bought your mattress? Or what about your iPad case, your shoulder bag, your hydrant valve, your jar of fruit preserves — even your cup of coffee? We’re getting at something here, of course: You can do all those things, right now, right here in the city, at the very factories where those all things are made, courtesy of SFMade Week. The weeklong event brings people into our local factories for tours — 12 total, including one at a drop-dead gorgeous machine shop and more than a couple at beer and winemakers’ facilities — and (we hope) gets everybody thinking, This is good, this is the way it should be. It’s been this way all along, of course; you just have to pay attention. SFMade Week is a good way to start. Beside the tours, events include drop-in sessions for business advice, the Ramp It Up networking party, and today’s SFMade Orientation, which details SFMade’s business-helping programs.
May 7-13, 2012

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