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New Sunset Coffeeshop: Say Hello to Hollow

There's a cute new coffee shop in the Sunset, and though the decor inside looked scrumptious (this based on peering through the window) there didn't seem much fodder for design talk - that is until today. Thanks to Apartment Therapy for this article, which brought to attention the fact that the lovely home accessories spotted inside Hollow are actually for sale.

To Riesling or to White Burgundy with Crab?

It's the high-point of crab season, folks, so time to get crackin'. Last week SF sommeliers and a few lucky others (including yours truly) had their annual Crab and Riesling lunch. Except for some call it the Crab and White Burgundy lunch, a disagreement that highlights a rift in the wine-and-food pairing orthodoxy. Which goes better with crab? I'm firmly a Riesling person, especially, a srpy German Kabinett or a minerally smaragd from Austria. But many others, including Sara Floyd, who co-sponsors the lunch with fantastic winemaker Brian Talley of Talley vineyards in Arroyo Grande, believe in white Burgundy with crab.

Bay Area Youth Bring in the Noise for MLK

Youth Speaks, a nonprofit committed to creating a forum for Spoken Word performance, will present  their 12th Annual Bringing the Noise for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, January 19. This year’s  theme is “A Certain Kind of Fire” – a concept taken from Dr. King's last speech, "I've Been to the Mountaintop," in which King states: “There was a certain kind of fire that no water could put out.”

Where to Shop this Weekend

Congratulations. You’ve arrived at the end of the first full work week of the year. Feel like celebrating? Try treating yourself to a little weekend glamour. After all, it’ll be Monday again before you know it.

Historic Firehouse 44 is on the Market

In the city, we're big fans of historic real estate.  So, imagine my delight when historic Firehouse 44 hit the market.  The firehouse was built in 1910 and has an impressive history.  It was built to house a team of horses and 12 firemen who fought fires on Castro Hill.  In 1959, artists Mark Adams and Beth Van Hoesen purchased the firehouse at a public auction for $7,500.  The couple had a knack for throwing fabulous parties, and their beautiful and bohemian conversion of the space was photographed and published in design magazines, mostly because living and working in unusual spaces was not common at the time.  Shoot forward to present day and Teutonic Construction and interior designer Josephine Fisher have done a heavy renovation of the firehou

More Obama Love: Yes Pecan!

We’ve already given you a couple of things to do on January 20 to ring in our new Mr. President, but for the hedonists among us, here’s a much simpler way to get in the inaugural spirit: Go to any Ben & Jerry’s and order a scoop of the newest flavor, “Yes Pecan!”

Oh, those clever Vermonters. The ice cream is described as “amber waves of buttery ice cream with roasted non-partisan pecans.” We’re wondering if maybe those nuts, perhaps sourced from the great pecan-producing state of Texas, are B & J’s attempt at reaching across the aisle?

DIY (Design It Yourself) at Minted

For the true design addict (ehem!) it's not enough to have a completely personalized home. No, the stationery has to be unique too. Enter Minted, where you can customize your invitations or cards with photos, choose specific colors, and basically just make your stationery absolutely your own. They've been nominated for a "Crunchie Award" (TechCrunch's way of honoring the best internet and tech innovations of the year) for Best Application, which translates to an easy to navigate site and tons of personalization options and possibilities.

Upper Playground Housewares at Design Public

Looking for a great way to spruce up your home without breaking the bank?  How about adding a little bit of urban appeal from Upper Playground?  San Francisco-based Design Public, an online furniture and home decor retailer, has just started carrying Upper Playground's housewares.  The collection connects the public to culture and counter-culture in the form of hip, funky, and cool pillows, shower curtains, glass tumblers, bags and wall art by world-famous artists and designers as well as emerging talents.  In the mood to support the locals?  Then the Jumping Tiger Pillow (shown left) by local art celebrity Sam Flores is the way to go.

Macworld Tunes

It's definitely a stereotype, but we're going to go ahead and say it anyways: people who like Macs usually like music (and have pretty good taste). And with Apple's Monday announcement that they're freeing up iTunes from DRM, we imagine that most of these people are pretty stoked. So in the spirit of sharing the music love, we nabbed three Macworld attendees and took a look at what topped their iPod playlists. Check out the ones that passed our bar below.

Photography by Janelle Cipriano

Hearts Delight: Resort '08 Collection Lands at Marc Jacobs

We here at 7x7 heart MJ. And for his resort ’08 collection, Marc Jacobs hearts, well, hearts. Just check out the new windows at the Marc Jacobs boutique on Maiden Lane, where there’s a veritable heart-themed explosion on everything from embroidered organza dresses to heart-bedecked leather handbags, just in time for that next beloved holiday. We’re head over heels for the red stacked-heel pumps, which have a heart-shaped peep toe opening and, like a tiny secret meant just for the shoes’ owner, a heart-shaped heel bottom. (Don’t forget to come back again in February for our Valentine’s Day online-exclusive gift guide!)

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