On September 30, the SF SPCA and 7x7 turned Patricia's Green in Hayes Valley into San Francisco's center of petcentricity for the second annual SF Dogma—one of the city's liveliest street fairs where hundreds of supporters came out to meet local artisans, merchants, and proprietors of all things pet-related. It was a gorgeous, warm and sunny day for petlovers to meetup, catchup—and possibly pickup a new furry friend!
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Headquartered in the Dogpatch (right next to Serpentine), TAD was founded in 1997, by Patrick Ma, a modern explorer on a mission to create stylish, hyper-functional adventure gear for himself and other modern explorers.
When Dish Boutique relocated from Berkeley to Hayes Valley, it was one of the early, bound-for-hipdome shops that helped establish Hayes as the shopping hub it is today. Dish continues to feed fashion-frenzied SF shoppers with an artfully curated selection and mindful personal service.
The online store launched last December and, while it's certainly still growing -- from Yosh (#3) local fragrances, to super sale Loeffler Randalls (#5, #7) -- we found a lot to love. In no particular order, here are our favorites.
What started out years ago as co-owners Catherine Chow and Corina Nurimba's baby, Azalea is now part one of a local fashion trifecta. Last year, Welcome Stranger and Rand + Statler rounded out the mix, offering a 100% menswear outpost and a higher-end niche, respectively. While the Hayes Valley brick and mortars are each their charming own (full of ripe, full-flavor brands, anchored by a wealth of denim), online, select goods from each boutique are available through Azalea's e-store.
Last May, Welcome Stranger, became the first of the three to launch a house brand that's produced right here in San Francisco. Among our favorites this week were three items from Welcome Stranger's in-house line (#2, #3, #6), and a pair of everyday Zig Zag chukkas (#1), going fast at $20 a pair.
This week, Azalea, a Hayes Valley stronghold, celebrates 10 years in SF. With a freshly remodeled space, and a collection chock-full of edgy brands like Acne and In God We Trust, there's much to celebrate. This week, our seven picks hail from the Azalea women's collection, and can be worn together for a complete look.
I see a lot of great bike fashion around SF, but the problem is, it's always zooming by. Well, last weekend, we were lucky enough to catch Gavin Grant as he stopped for a red light on Van Ness. I really like how crisp and clean his look is, and it's also refreshing to see a looser fit done right.
Have you noticed Dobbs Ferry, the new, large, wrap-around restaurant on the corner of Hayes and Gough? The owners, Scott Broccoli and Danny Sterling, purchased the former Allegro restaurant and an adjacent kebab shop on Hayes, uniting them to create an expansive new neighborhood hangout with blue wainscoting, exposed brick walls and a huge avocado tree growing out of a closed interior patio area. Sure, the restaurant has reclaimed wood floors and a lot of the menu uses locally sourced ingredients, but they're not the type to mention it on the menu, or even in passing conversation for that matter.
One day I will write a juicy, tell-all story about how hard it is to open a restaurant in San Francisco. You don't have to know how to manage a floor or how to cook. You have to be a field and track Olympian in long distance fundraising, red-tape relays, permit hurdling, and PG&E pole vaulting.