A Great Shopping Stop Off-the-Beaten-Path in Sausalito
Heath Ceramics was founded in 1948 by Edith Heath. Today it is one of the most lasting examples of midcentury American design. Heath is famous for its tableware collections, as well as its tile. The colors are amazing, and their bud vases make for great West Coast hostess gifts. There's a store in the Ferry Building and in the Mission in San Francisco, but the Sausalito outlet is the original factory, and a trip here--especially during the semi-annual sale--offers an opportunity to see the process at work and score some "seconds" at terrific prices. Head to the restaurant Fish after your visit, and order a glass of cold white wine and a crab sandwich.