Likely General opened yesterday in Roncesvalles, and I knew it was a winner before I even stepped in the door. How, you ask? Owner Brooke Manning has a chalkboard sign propped up outside, and on it, she wrote “Opening day. Sorta like the first day of school. Wanna be friends?”
With that, my hopes are up, and the shop doesn’t disappoint. Manning says “hi” to me when I step in, and I take the time to browse around. There are picnic baskets and bike baskets propped up on the windowsill and along the floor. There’s a beautifully crafted, industrial chic pipe shelving unit holding everything from Mason jar sippy cups made by Manning ($8) to local honey, chips and preserves. Everything on her shelves is handmade and “responsibly built, with integrity,” by which she means the production process is kind to both humans and the environment.