New and Venerable Institutions: Williams-Sonoma
Williams-Sonoma is the Bay Area company that put gourmet cookware in the hands of the everyperson. On Tuesday, April 8, 2008, company founder Chuck Williams and members of his committee previewed a plaque that will mark the location of San Francisco's first Williams-Sonoma store. (Find it at 580 Sutter Street, immediately left of the Hotel Rex.) The company's current flagship store is a few blocks away at 350 Post Street in the old Bullock & Jones.

Mister SF Hank Donat with Williams-Sonoma founder Chuck Williams, facing the original San Francisco location on Sutter Street.

Chuck Williams opened Williams-Sonoma on this site May 26, 1958.
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