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Shabby Chic is Going, Going...

As reported a while ago on Apartment Therapy, Shabby Chic, the quinessential early 90s decor brand famous for comfy couches and white-washed "French Country"-inspired furniture, filed for bankruptcy. Blame it on the economy or the public's shift towards a more minimalist aesthetic, but owner Rachel Ashwell (who first hoped to maintain some of the stores) has now had to shut down the whole operation. Shabby Chic is no more!

"Best Of" Question #1: What's The Best Spot for Neapolitan-Style Pizza?

Every June, we put out our "Best Of" issue.  This year, we want you to get involved.  So from now until the end of April, we'll be posting a series of questions about San Francisco.  Jump into the fray, and your writeup could be featured in the issue.

Is Good Service More Important Than Good Food?

On Tuesday we'll be introducing a new guest blogger, Ella Lawrence of Restaurant Girl Speaks. Although she works as a writer, she also works as a server at A16 (you've heard of that place, right? Nate Appleman has had quite the month).

We brought her onboard to speak to one question: How can we be better diners? But before she tells us how we can be better diners, I wanted to write about the importance of a good server. (Just think how great the world would be if it was made up of well-behaved diners and conscientious servers!)

Partial 2009 Outside Lands Lineup Announced

A tricky little peel back ad over at SF Gate reveals a partial list of this year's Outside Lands Festival Lineup. If you don't have time to hover around while it unfurls, here it is: Pearl Jam, Dave Matthews Band, Beastie Boys, Incubus, Black Eyed Peas, Jason Mraz, M.I.A, Mars Volta, Thievery Corp, Modest Mouse, Ween. Definitely some heavy hitters in the music game (circa 90s-early 00s). Where are the newcomers who had us drooling last year? Coming soon we hope.

A Store-in-a-Store at Eco Citizen

We'll admit we're woefully behind on checking out the best fashion boutiques around town. Perhaps we have a one-track mind, but sometimes we need a little interior decor incentive to get us to a shopping destination. Looks like Eco Citizen has tapped into the needs of the design obsessed by pairing with web-based sustainable design darling Branch to create a store-in-a-store at their Vallejo Street boutique.

Mysteries of Pittsburgh: A Strangely Flat Adaptation of Michael Chabon’s First Novel

For all the youthful hedonism and reckless behavior on display in Rawson Marshall Thurber’s Mysteries of Pittsburgh, his strangely stillborn adaptation of Michael Chabon’s first novel, there’s something sorely missing – a sense of danger, perhaps, or a hint of intrigue.

The Play's the Thing

All the world was a stage at the 14th annual California Shakespeare Theater’s Gala Flamenco last month at the Rotunda Building in Oakland. A sold-out crowd donned their Ole! finest to play upon the stage in support of this award-winning theater.

Sergios Davila SS09 Trunk Show at Sui Generis Saturday

Stop in to Sui Generis this Saturday to rub elbows with one of New York's up-and-coming designers, Sergios Davila. Recently awarded the FGI Rising Star 2009 Men's Apparel Award, Davila will be showcasing his Spring/Summer 1920s country club-inspired line. Get Gatsby this spring.

Peapod Fabrics: Small Size, Great Selection

We profess that Britex is to die for, but that doesn't mean we want to go there all that often. Why? Well first of all it kind of sucks you into a vortex and spits you out a few hours later with a lot less money and no idea where the time went. Second of all it's downtown. If we're looking for a guaranteed pretty and well-curated selection of fabric that is priced moderately, we'll head to Peapod Fabrics. The tiny Inner Sunset store has beautiful cotton prints and European linen in a range of choices that won't take half of your day to comb through.

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