Honesty from sales people and auto mechanics may be hard to find, but you can find it at Union Street Garage Incorporated. I came here twice with my friend who is learning how to be an auto-mechanic himself. John, the employee who was working both times, seems like a good person who won't try to trick you into buying parts and such unless you really need it.
Being a vegetarian, I shouldn't praise any butcher shops, but taste and animal-cruelty aside, this place looks better than most butcher shops that I have seen. My friends came here when we were having a barbecues (yes, I go to barbecues even if I don't eat most of the food there), and they tell me the food there is good. I saw different types of meats, from lamb chops to sausages and such, all moderately-priced, from what I could tell.
I don't drink at all, but many of my friends do. I tagged along with some of them several times, and they seem to like Coit Liquor a lot. I don't have to be a alcoholic to tell that the staff there are really nice, and my friends seem to strike up conversations with them easily. My friends tell me that the prices there are as good as the employees who work there. Looks like a nice wine store, unlike most liquor "corner" stores that I have been to.
Dance, house, and trance records are of easy access in cities surrounding San Francisco, such as in San Jose, but there aren't too many stores like Tweekin Records in San Francisco. If you're looking for dance albums, Tweekin Records could be a good place to find what you need. However, I don't recommend it for any other reasons. The employees there aren't of much help, unless you approach them first. The place seems cramped, and it would probably be a bad idea for those with claustrophobia to visit this place.
Aria Antiques is a somewhat small shop filled with eccentric items (mostly antiques), from posters to dolls, marble and glass eyes to glass models. You won't be able to find much that you can really use here, but that's the best part of it: you'll find a lot of cool things that you never thought existed. For collectors of strange and one-of-a-kind items.
Markets like Twenty Second & Irving Market do not need much creativity, even when it comes to its own name. When a market is named after its street name and location, I usually don't care much for them. But plainness isn't always bad, I found out. Twenty Second & Irving Market provide customers with a nice selection of everything most markets carry, such as fresh fruits and vegetables. Twenty Second & Irving Market is a nice little Greek market, the best of its kind, in my opinion. They have a nice selection of hummus and Mediterranean salads and specialties, and those things easily won me over.
Jackson Market & Beef Jerky, also known as Jackson Market & Delicatessen, is famous for only one thing: beef jerky. They are, however, notorious for having expired items and items that have been there for probably years. My mom likes the beef jerky at Jackson Market & Delicatessen, but me being a vegetarian, I have never tried their beef jerky. She tells me it's the best beef jerky available anywhere, so I'll take her word for it.
Pine Market isn't anything special, but I am surprised at how many customers are usually there. The prices aren't too great, but nothing too expensive either. The food there is fresh, but again, nothing extraordinary. The people I have talked to say they shop there out of convenience, but a few visits there is enough for me, as I can find better markets in the area.
Le Beau Nob Hill Market looks like a miniature grocery store, complete with produce (fresh, fresh, fresh fruits and vegetables), a nice selection of wine and spirits, and even a butcher shop. Although there aren't super bargains here, I have seen people from all over the city shop there for other reasons. Some tell me that they grew up in the Nob Hill area, and they still continue to shop there because they like the staff so much it's worth the drive there. Others are happy about what they are able to get from its deli. Le Beau Nob Hill Market is a nice neighborhood shop, for all neighborhoods.
Pang Kee Bargain Market has been around for who knows how long, and expanded down the block several years ago. The space inside is very limited, especially when you count how many people are usually there. But it definitely is a bargain market. With some of the cheapest prices in Chinatown (and anywhere in San Francisco, actually), Pang Kee Bargain Market is a place to visit for your everyday food needs and snacks. Candies, cookies, cakes, canned foods, grocery - they're all at Pang Kee.