It's time to seriously consider investing in a new spring wardrobe. There's just one thing -- SF closets aren't meant to house multiple season of clothing. Egads.
The solution? Buy-sell-trade shop, Crossroads, is throwing a pop-up this Thursday at Shotwell. Basically, it's time to pull a major Carrie Bradshaw and part with that dress you bought on sale last year, but have yet to wear. We all have one, and they all need to go.
Here's how it's going down. First, check out Crossroads' guide to selling your goods, for some spring cleaning tips. Next, sell your gently-used clothing and accessories to Crossroads for some cold hard cash. Then, reward yourself with a little somethin' somethin', for 10% off, at Shotwell.
Strained eyes from online shopping? Oh, we've been there. Thankfully, the local fashion mavens at Tobi miraculously found the cure for too-much-squinting-strained-eye syndrome by -- get this -- enlarging the photos. So simple. So brilliant.
With their website revamp, Tobi decided to put the customer experience first. As the customer, we're loving it. No more need to press the enlarge button, and no more zoom necessary. When browsing, you get a row of large photos, that allow you to actually see the clothing before clicking to get the juicy details.
Upon stepping into Artillery Apparel Gallery, you're immediately faced with a huge, gold framed easel, holding a t-shirt, stretched like canvas, in various stages of painting. This is no upright screen-print job, but rather, hand-painted t-shirts by Artillery AG's owner, Ivan Lopez.
Lopez is straight up, born-and-bred Mission hip. After studying Industrial Design at Pratt and selling his shirts on street corners in NYC, he returned to SF and open Artillery AG right in his hometown hood -- the Mission.
Carol Gilbert made her first handbag when she was just a little girl. She also made the fabric for that handbag by hand-weaving through a square loom, again, when she was just a little girl. Color us impressed.
Gilbert's passion for creating textiles and designing handbags evolved into Yorktown Road, a SF based company that fits our criteria for fabulous local design: unique, sturdy and well priced.
When I'm freezing, I don't venture very far for food. Fortunately, Locavore is two blocks away from my apartment in Bernal Heights. Though the exterior looks a bit like a dance club, the restaurant's chef Jason Moniz and partners Mario Duarte and Cesar Ascarrunz have lovingly crafted a sophisticated and welcoming space that's downright cozy. There's a wooden community table in the center, lots of candlelight, black and white photos of pigs, and chicken-wire light fixtures that could be hokey, only it's not. A gray concrete ceiling and floor adds a touch of modernity.