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San Francisco is full of smart people with incredible passion, a.k.a., geeks. Everyone’s got that one hobby or interest that trumps the rest. If you live in the Castro, or are just here for a visit, satisfy your need to geek with these seven places to geek out in the Castro District.

For the Craft Geek: Cliffs Variety — 479 Castro Street

Where else can you buy a pot to boil some noodles, a paper lantern for your outdoor patio, fur fabric for your bed and a rainbow tulle skirt all in one place? Cliff’s Variety is the Castro District’s one-stop shop for housewares, crafts and gifts. (Warning: You may be overwhelmed with the sheer amount of amazing-ness and adventure that you will experience when stepping foot in this store). Read more: http://goo.gl/qAyOp7

For the Furniture Geek: A&G Merch — 2279 Market Street

If you’re on the hunt for a good leather couch, some modern-style tech accessories, or a paper mache bullhead for your wall, head to A&G Merch in the Castro District. They have a great selection of quirky items to make your house a home. http://aandgmerch.com/

For the Comic Book Geek: Whatever… — 548 Castro Street

Do you love old school Batman comics and Superman action figures? Head on over to Whatever… for a huge selection of your favorite comic books and fun toys: http://whateverstoreonline.com

For the Book Geek: Books, Inc. — 2275 Market Street

Books Inc. is an independently owned and operated bookseller with 11 locations in California. The Books Inc. in the Castro (on 16thand Market) is the Castro District’s only full-service general interest bookstore — and is the place for your literary needs. From Mainstream to Masochism, Achebe to Zzyzzyva, you’ll get everything you need and everything you didn’t know you wanted at Books, Inc. Read more: http://goo.gl/0HJtAk

For the Bike Geek: Refried Cycles — 3804 17th Street

Do you live on and for your beloved bicycle? Come to Refried Cycles in the Castro to fulfill all your biking needs. They specialize in quality new and used bikes, gear, services and repairs. http://www.refriedcycles.com/

For the Fitness Geek: Active Nutrition — 2275 Market Street

Active Nutrition is the Bay Areas premiere destination for sports supplements, vitamins, quality protein powder and fat burners. Their small business setup allows them to sell you top quality sports nutrition products at competitive prices: http://get-active.com/

For the Theatre Geek: Castro Theatre — 429 Castro Street

The Castro Theatre is a Castro District gem. Built in the 1920s, this beautiful old theatre shows everything from classic musicals and film to new releases to Disney movies. (They even have awesome sing-along events for those who need to belt out some tunes!) Read more: http://www.castrotheatre.com/

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