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Where Creative People Shop

Business Description

The Flax family has enjoyed serving the creative community in the Bay Area through our San Francisco retail store since 1938 - for 74 years! We are well known for carrying an incredible breadth of product, providing you with courteous and knowledgeable assistance, and inspiring your creativity through the thoughtful presentation of merchandise. As one customer said, we are a "candy store for the creative."

~ Voted â€œBest of the Bay” every year since 2001 ~


Regular Hours

  • Art Supplies
  • Urban Art
  • Journals
  • Photo Albums
  • Frames
  • Digital Printing
  • Canvas Stretching
  • Fine Papers
  • Stationery
  • Kid's Creative
  • Fine Pens
  • Rubber Stamping
  • Craft Supplies
  • Studio Furniture
  • Gifts
  • Workshops
  • Monthly in-store
  • ExhibitsLive Artists
3M, Albrecht Durer, Ampersand, Amsterdam, Bainbridge, Basics, Bienfang, Borden & Riley, Canson, Charbonnel, Chartpak, Copic, Cranes, Crayola, Crescent, Cross, Daler-Rowney, Decocolor, Dixie Pro, Dr. Martins, Elmers, Envelopements, Faber-Castell, Fabriano, Filofax, Framatic, Golden, Grumbacher, Isabey, Kolo, Krylon, Lamy, Letramax, Liquitex, Moab, Modge Podge, Moleskine, Montana, Neocolor, Pelikan, Pigma, Pina Zangaro, Pitt, Plaid, Princeton, Prismacolor, Raphael, Rembrandt, Sailor, Sakura, Sculpey, Sennelier, Sharpie, Speedball, Staedtler Mars, Stonehenge, Strathmore, Taccia, Tara, Van Gogh, Versatex, Winsor & Newton
Payment method
all major credit cards, debit

We are located at the intersection of Market St. and Valencia St., just off Gough St.

Free parking.

Southeast San Francisco, South of Market

Free parking in two lots - Directions at

Public transportation: We are located at the intersection of Market St. and Valencia St., very near Muni's Metro Station at Market/Van Ness and BART. 

NEW - Digital Printing of your fine art giclees, and canvas stretching.

English, Spanish
Art Supplies, Arts & Crafts Supplies, Craft Dealers & Galleries, Scrapbooking, Gift Shops, Picture Frames, Stationery Stores, Craft Supplies
Other Information

Specialties: Sales, Photos & Portraits, Photographs, Canvas, Pictures


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they also take care of you even after the transaction.

Find any art related item you may need at this store.  Not only is the place mesmerizing, I can track down just about any supplies I need because the staff at this store are nice enough to go out of their way to help your every need.  Prices are at least competitive, and usually better than other art supply stores in San Francisco, but watch out because you can lose track of time (and your budget) here.  Excellent customer service by the way because they also take care of you even after the transaction.



Everything in one store

Flax is an icon of everything San Francisco. Quirky, funky and fun! They have the best selection of art supplies I've ever seen in one place and the staff is really informed on how to use everything they sell. You just can't find that kind of service anywhere else. The Paper selection is totally off-the-hook. I often do collage work and if I can't find what I'm looking for at Flax, then it simply isn't available in the Bay Area. This place is a must visit for creative people and even the creatively challenged.



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Flax seems to have it all

If you are looking for creative inspiration, look no further then Flax. This is the best art supply store in the Bay Area. Their specialty paper selection is incredible. Flax seems to have everything I need.



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Flax is quite an impressive store. The service is friendly and when it comes to art supplies, they have it all. If you park in their handicapped spot and you don't have a placard, you'd better watch out!



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very nice

I've never seen such a selection for cool gifts....and the Flax cafe has many tempting treats!

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