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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.

The Eater Wrap: Fish Shacks, Piano Man Cutbacks and Mourad Lahlou's Big Break

Welcome back to our partnership with Eater. For this weekly Friday column, Eater editor Paolo Lucchesi gives his report on all the restaurant news that's fit to print, including glorious openings, not-so-glorious departures, and maybe even a Master Top Chef or four.

Yelp Finally Lets Restaurants Defend Themselves

As reported on SF Gate today, "In an e-mail sent to some of the Yelp's most active users Thursday, the San Francisco-based company solicited feedback about an upcoming feature that will let businesses post replies to user reviews." This is clearly in response to all the flack Yelp has been getting of late.

"We're confident business owners will realize they're talking in public and that they need to put their best foot forward," Jeremy Stoppelman, Yelp's co-founder and chief executive, said.

Market Watch: This Week's Cream Of The Crop

If anyone has the inside sccop when it comes to the Ferry Plaza Farmers market it's Lulu Meyer, associate director of market operations at CUESA. You'll see her at the market, rain or shine. Every week, she'll be giving us her short list for the market—just in time for Saturday shopping. Go to cuesa.org for more information about farmers, what's in season and market goings-on.

Broke-Ass Stuart's "F--- The Recession" Party Recap

Adorned with hand-made macaroni bracelets, headbands and necklaces, the booze-mooching crowd at Broke-Ass Stuart's Rickshaw Stop party last night polished off the free keg within a matter of 30 minutes. Providing copious amounts of wheat products on the first day of Passover had his conscience stewing, so Stuart repented by buying Matzo for everyone. Hooray!

Pretty As Their Picture

 

Shafts of early evening light poured through the picture windows at the Old Mint last week, casting an other-worldly glow on famous San Franciscans.

But the majority of these famous denizens -- from jazz musicians, politicians, juke joint owners and society doyennes to shoe shine proprietors and famed foodies -- were also framed in glass; hanging from the walls of the storied interior of this 1874 building known as The Granite Lady.

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