20 Questions: Sarah Swell

Sarah Swell in Sausalito // via Spotted SF

Across the Golden Gate and in Sausalito you’ll find Sarah Greenberg’s newest gallery and studio, Sarah Swell Jewelry. Originally from Massachusetts, Sarah discovered her passion for jewelry making after taking a metalsmith class. Soon after she moved to San Francisco to continue her  studies and profession, working alongside many renowned  jewelry designers before launching her own business in 2008. Her original studio was located in Oakland until recently when she and her husband moved to Mill Valley. She opened the doors to her new space earlier this year. She has called the Bay Area home for ten years.

I first discovered Sarah’s collection a couple of years ago visiting one of my favorite Oakland shops, Esqueleto. Sarah was in the shop displaying her pieces for the monthly First Friday Art Walk. We have been Instagram friends since. After living in San Francisco, Oakland and now Marin, I knew she’d be a perfect one to ask 20 Questions about living in and loving the Bay Area. Again I started this feature to: 1) introduce many of our amazing local talent, and 2) learn more about SF and the surrounding areas through their eyes and experiences. It’s fascinating to hear about all these places I never knew existed. Perhaps you share a fondness for many of the same places or you discover new spots to check out from her mentions below.

I hope you enjoy getting to know Sarah and learning more about the Bay Area. And I hope you get a chance to visit her lovely new space in Sausalito.

* * * Sarah’s studio is featured here. For a peek into her gallery and boutique, check out my other post on SF Girl By Bay. * * *

Sarah Swell in Sausalito // via Spotted SF

Sarah Swell in Sausalito // via Spotted SF

20 Questions:

1. Describe the Bay Area in a few words.

Perpetual Autumn with amazing food.

2. A few things about the Bay Area that make you call it home.

The thing that brought me here is what keeps me here: the feeling of endless possibility.

3. Describe a perfect day in the Bay Area.

Heading to Stinson Beach with my hubby and pup then driving further up the coast to the Marshall Store for oysters and beer.

4. Favorite places to escape to outside of the Bay Area?

I’ve really been craving the desert lately and keep ending up in Joshua Tree.

5. A place in the Bay Area you haven’t visited yet but have been meaning to?

State Bird Provisions

Sarah Swell in Sausalito // via Spotted SF

Sarah Swell in Sausalito // via Spotted SF

6. Favorite bars/watering holes?

Farley Bar at Cavallo Point is pretty spectacular. When I lived in Oakland, I used to frequent Fauna and Dogwood.

7. Favorite dive spots?

Smitty’s across the street from my shop is pretty amazing. Can you say shuffleboard?

8. Favorite outdoor dining spots when the weather is good?

Bar Bocce in Sausalito, Nopalito’s back patio at the Inner Sunset location.

9. Favorite spots to hike and get a view?

Mount Tamalpais Watershed. It’s less crowded than other trails on Mt. Tam and it’s dog friendly.

10. Favorite historic landmark in the Bay Area and why?

Jack Kerouac’s cabin is just up the street from my house. It reminds me of the magic that has it’s roots in the Bay Area every time I walk past it.

Sarah Swell in Sausalito // via Spotted SF

Sarah Swell in Sausalito // via Spotted SF

11. Where do you like to go for inspiration?

The art reference section at the SF Public Library.

12. Favorite places to shop for fashion?

Ali Golden & Hawthorne in Oakland. The Podolls in SF, Mint in Mill Valley.

13. A few favorite local makers/artisans you’re currently admiring?

Every jeweler I know has a huge crush on DMD Metal’s jewelry. I also adore Meghan Shimek’s work, I hope to own one of her amazing giant weavings someday.

14. Brunch spots you absolutely will wait in line for?


15. Three foods you constantly crave in the Bay Area. What are they and where do you get them?

The baked pork buns from Lung Fung Bakery in SF, ceviche from the mariscos truck at Taqueria Sinaloa in Oakland, the handcut fries from Molina in Mill Valley.

Sarah Swell in Sausalito // via Spotted SF

Sarah Swell in Sausalito // via Spotted SF

16. An absolute must you’d recommend to anyone visiting your the Bay Area for the first time?

You absolutely must go up to Hawk Hill for epic views of the Golden Gate, the Pacific Ocean and the city. It’s the stuff SF dreams are made of.

17. Any hidden gems in the Bay Area we should know about?

I love digging through the bins at Mill Valley Music, a small unassuming record shop on the way into town. I always find something totally unusual and amazing.

18. How do you feel about the fog?

I love it most days, it feels otherwordly.

19. If you could change one thing about the SF Bay Area, what would it be?

That we could all live here more affordably.

20. Something in the Bay Area that you never tire of seeing and always gets you excited?

Driving over the Golden Gate Bridge still makes my heart beat a little faster.

Sarah Swell in Sausalito // via Spotted SF

Sarah Swell
215 Caledonia Street # 2
Sausalito, CA 94965
Ph: 415 521 6797

* All images by me, Leslie.