Curious? Now Hiring: Retail Manager at Paxton Gate!

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Paxton Gate is San Francisco's premier destination for oddities inspired by the garden and natural sciences. Our mission is to create a curiously mind-expanding experience for our guests in the most visually captivating and product-rich retail environment this city has to offer. In the role of Retail Manager, you will be responsible for developing and implementing the operational, financial, and service goals for one of the most exciting and interesting shops in San Francisco. We are seeking a committed and enthusiastic leader to join our team by embracing this position and helping to ensure that the Paxton Gate experience is rivaled by none other. If you've got the experience and passion to cultivate an employee culture to exceed customer expectations; develop lasting customer relationships; create and manage events in the store that will attract new clients and drive sales; and enhance Paxton Gate's presence in the marketplace then please read on. You'll need significant retail, management and customer service experience, not to mention being computer literate (knowledge of Retail Pro POS systems a bonus!) and have strong written and verbal communication. We offer a competitive salary as well as health benefits, vacation, bonuses, discounts and other perks. Additionally, future expansion prospects may support an opportunity for an equity partnership in the company for an extremely well qualified candidate. We're looking for the great fit for our growing team, and we are excited to hear from you. Our current manager is leaving at the end of the year which allows time for one-on-one training during our busiest time of the year. If this is an opportunity that entices and challenges you, please submit a by email or by mail to Paxton Gate, 766 Valencia, San Francisco, CA 94110. In your cover letter, please specify that you are applying for the Retail Manager position and tell us why you'd be a great fit for the job!

Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

** Please no phone calls or drop-ins about this position **

Late one San Francisco winter, two landscape designers dreamed big. Inspired by a fascination with the natural world, and driven by a desire to create something unlike anything they had ever seen before, they opened the doors of Paxton Gate for the first time in December of 1992. In our original incarnation, tucked away from the beaten path in an alley off of Market Street, Paxton Gate was 300 square feet of eccentric gardening merchandise and featured curiosities inspired by the natural world. Soon after our inception, a predilection for the bizarre side of nature became apparent, and oddities such as rare insects and taxidermy began to creep onto the scene. But 6-foot-high office ceilings and crawl space storage rooms couldn't last forever: our growth necessitated a big move.

After seven years, Paxton Gate relocated to our current, larger space on Valencia Street in the Mission District. The move more than quadrupled the size of our previous retail location, allowing us to branch out into new areas including furniture, vintage and antique architectural elements, jewelry, personal goods, and a growing selection of books and home d?cor items. The new location also afforded our design-build branch the opportunity to show off their skills in our backyard garden space, where they created a breathtaking refuge from the hustle and bustle of the busy neighborhood streets. All the while, we've remained true to our vision: treasures and oddities inspired by the garden and natural sciences.

Sean Quigley, one of our original founders, now owns Paxton Gate. Quigley, who oversees the retail operations and heads the Design/Build arm, has worked and lived in San Francisco's Mission District since the early 1990's. Through Paxton Gate, he has supported many local organizations including the San Francisco Women's Building, the Conservatory of Flowers, San Francisco Women Against Rape, Caral, Swing for Choice, The National AIDS Memorial Grove, The Randal Museum Friends, The San Francisco Naturalists Society, and more. He is an avid collector of Bromeliads, which he grows in his Mission garden.

Based on the success of Paxton Gate, we opened two additional stores in recent years. Paxton Gate's Curiosities for Kids debuted in 2008, and features a nostalgic mix of toys and games evoking the pre-digital era for children and children-at-heart. In 2010, two close friends of Sean Quigley and huge fans of Paxton Gate, Andy and Susan Brown, expanded the company by opening their own licensed Paxton Gate store in Portland, Oregon, closely linked with the SF stores.

From big dream to reality, we at Paxton Gate are thrilled to have found a curious community that loves to learn, share, and grow with us. We hope you'll join us and discover what's around the next corner.