Yone has a rare kind of time-capsule-charm. It's a tiny shop you can get lost in for hours—lost in San Franciscan history, lost in slow conversation, and, of course, lost in beads. Mr. Bee, now 90, opened Yone in the '60s and has amassed a meticulously organized collection of vintage beads from around the world. If you're patient he will tell you about the city, fuel your wanderlust, and send you home with a project.
The shop is located in North Beach on Union Street up the hill from Grant, and is an easy detour off the tourist track.