In a city where gym clothes are acceptable streetwear, fashionable women can't get enough of the trend-turned-staple that is athleisure—activewear geared toward taking you from barre to bar in style. Now you can shop splashily printed leggings and sports bras to your hearts' content at Sweatbar's pop-up shop in Cow Hollow.
Sandwiched between the Marina and Pacific Heights, Cow Hollow is a stroll down shopping lane for yoga pant-wearing ladies with strollers and small dogs. The main drag, Union Street between Divisadero and Laguna, is great for a walk, with plenty of restaurants, bars, coffee and juice shops to stop and refuel.
On January 29th, the gorgeously designed English tavern with hard rock edges celebrated two years at their Cow Hollow location. Owners Hugo Gamboa, Adam Snyder, and Andy Wasserman provided a four-hour open bar of their famously well-made cocktails, smart beer list, and delicious wines to an eager crowd of regulars and newcomers, who grooved to a soundscape of classic Brit rock hits.
Highlights of the evening included generous rotations of the Brixton's delectable menu:
The two-year-old fashion favorite, Chloe Rose, is now playing with the big girls - online. The Cow Hollow boutique recently lauched their first eCommerce (and more!) site, featuring clothing, shoes and accessoriesfrom brands like Cynthia Steffe (#2, #4), Parker (#6), and Aryn K.
The site also features owner, Marissa Olson's hot picks of the season, a blog to boot (featuring tons of local photoshoots & new merch), and of course, some mad pinspiration (Be ready for some serious repinning.). For now, we'll focus on the clothing - here are our favorite pieces from the new online collection.
A brand new reason to come out of the woods and go shopping in Cow Hollow comes in the form of Conifer, a cozy little shop just up the hill on Webster Street from Union in the space previously home to Great Overland Books.
The first retail venture from former longtime Built By Wendy employee Amy Mautz, who returned to San Francisco in 2008 to open the indie label’s now-shuttered Mission boutique after several years in the Big Apple, the shop focuses on the smaller New York labels she fell in love with while living on the East Coast.
“I’ve always wanted to have my own store, and I knew that was going to happen one day,” says Mautz.
Recent New York transplant Lia Kes wants you to go places in her clothes. As in more places than one.
“What I really try to do is items that will give you more, that will be season-less, that will transition from morning to evening, where you can leave the office and have a date,” Kes explained at last night’s press preview for her first retail store’s grand opening celebration, taking place tomorrow night.
If we were to tell you that you could procure organic beauty products for less than you can buy them off the shelf and diminish your impact on the environment at the same time, you’d probably want in.
It may be c-c-cold outside, but at least these deals are hot....
Union Street Sidewalk Sale: While plenty of San Francisco streets seem to be having block-long sales (just walk Maiden Lane, and you’ll see what we mean), others are making it official. Head to Cow Hollow this weekend for a three-day sale that we hear from retailer Mabel Chong will feature just about everybody along this popular San Francisco shopping corridor. For her part, Chong will be offering 20 percent off new items and up to 70 percent off previous collections to make way for fall inventory.
This weekend, Cow Hollow shop inventories runneth over... and out into Union Street for the neighborhood's annual Super Sidewalk Sale. Not to be confused with the Union Street Festival, (sorry, no beer gardens here!) the three-day event is all about great sales at retailers up and down the neighborhood's main shopping drag. We'll be stopping by Past Perfect, the giant antiques showroom that (thanks to a wide variety of vendors selling under one roof) has well-curated collections ranging from Hollywood Regency to Mid-Century Modern furniture, Americana memorabilia and more. Be warned: you can definitely lose track of time in here, especially when almost everything is on sale.