If you eat in enough casually cool restaurants in California today, you’ll notice some familiar aesthetic tropes: potted succulents in the corner, watermelon radishes on the menu, and Heath Ceramics plates on the table. Heath has an unparalleled California heritage: Potter Edith Heath founded the company in 1948 and opened a factory in Sausalito in 1959 that’s still going strong. The company designs, manufactures, and sells highly functional goods for the home, most notably tableware and tile. The couple that now owns Heath—Catherine Bailey and Robin Petravic—have brought it into the modern era, in part by staying true to the brand’s craft roots. Today, they sell directly to customers from this Mission Creek location, at a small outpost in the Ferry Building, and in the original Sausalito store. At the Mission Creek complex—the building was once an industrial laundry—shoppers can view the factory floor and see how tile is shaped and fired in the massive kilns. The glazed platters and bowls for sale—in such classic Heath colors as moonstone (blue), persimmon, and French grey—make for great gifts and classic San Francisco souvenirs. Don’t miss the Heath newsstand in the front of the building, which sells a vast selection of international magazines.