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Shop Talk: Flower Crowns for Outside Lands + ModCloth Pops Up

If it's a fashionable way to spend, and happening in the Bay Area, we're talking about it on Shop Talk.

9 Gadgets to Help You Survive Outside Lands in Style

Festivals always seem to be equal parts fun and discomfort. Amidst the glorious light shows, the gourmet bites, and the thrill of seeing your favorite artists live, there are the crowds, the lines, the port-o-potties, the barf. To make the three-day experience just a tad bit more comfortable, we rounded up nine essential gadgets to transform the festival grounds into a luxurious getaway. 

San Francisco's Best Pre-Brunch Hikes

If your idea of a perfect Sunday includes some friends, crisp morning air, exploring local forests and beaches, and then rewarding yourself with a fun brunch, then this list is for you.

Tiny Trees, Deep Roots: The History of Bonsai in the Bay Area

To walk through the Japanese-styled wooden doors on the Northern inlet of Oakland’s Lake Merritt is to enter another world. The landscape is checkered with trees that are bent and wired to mimic what one might see in nature—that is, if everything in nature were just a few feet tall. This, the volunteer-run Bonsai Garden Lake Merrit (BGLM), is among the Bay Area’s few remaining places to celebrate the treasured ancient art form of Japanese bonsai. 

Weekend Guide: Oakland Art + Soul and Ginger Pride Festival

Just remember to avoid BART this weekend! 

Are You Too Stoned to Drive? Download This New App

Think you're sober enough to drive home after a smoke sesh? Let new app My Canary be the judge of that. 

Drink Here Now: Genever Gimlets and Christmas in July

“Oh, you hate your job? Why didn't you say so? There's a support group for that. It's called EVERYBODY, and they meet at the bar.” - Drew Carey

Skip the Line: New Google Search Feature Shows When Businesses Are Busiest

From coffee to ice cream to bagels, San Franciscans will pretty much wait for anything, but a new feature on Google Search launched Wednesday promises you can avoid all those infamous lines from now on. 

Where to Taste Wine Country's Spiciest Dishes

Whether it's topped with exotic zataar, unexpected herbal Chinese lily bulb, or even fragrant pine, we're trying out Wine Country's most spiced up dishes this summer. Check out these local restaurants for a tasty spread of exotic ingredients.  

Local Artists Land Prominent Placements Thanks to New Digital Galleries

If ever something needed disrupting, it's hotel room art. Enter Daylighted, a San Francisco–based startup that intertwines art and technology in a way that exposes cool local artists to large companies in need of legit work.

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