This is the only store in the United States dedicated to selling sake, a Japanese rice wine. Owner and self-taught sake aficionado Beau Timken opened the store to evangelize his passion and introduce an alternative to wine. To invite curiosity, he hung an oversized sugidama, a traditional cedar ball hung by Japanese sake brewers, on the storefront.
The cozy interior is a creative fusion of Japanese tradition and modern art, and packs in over 100 sakes from around the world, ranging in price from $9 to $200 per bottle. (--SF Chronicle)