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2015 Hot 20: Shashi Batra, Organic Beauty Guru

You don't usually hear the words "green" and "glamorous" uttered in the same sentence, but Shashi Batra, one of the founding members of Sephora USA and former President of Victoria Secret Beauty, is about to change all that.

65 Bay Area-Made Gifts for Everyone on Your List

This year, shop local. 

Gabriela Camara's Cala Restaurant Brings Mexico DF to SF

Gabriela Cámara is kind of a big deal in the food world. The chef and restaurateur owns four restaurants in Mexico, including her 17-year-old famed seafood-centric flagship, Contramar. She’s chummy with Diana Kennedy, and has been featured in Food & Wine and Bon Appetit

Vote Now for Your Favorite San Francisco Charity: Top 7 Finalists

It's the most wonderful time of the year—time to select San Francisco's favorite charity, as part of our annual contest. We asked readers to vote for their most beloved nonprofits, and this year's numbers were record breaking. But seven charities rose to the top. Each finalist works tirelessly to make the Bay Area a better, brighter place. 

2015 Hot 20: Bita Nazarian, Captain of the Ship at 826 Valencia

If Vendela Vida and Dave Eggers are the famous faces of 826 Valencia, executive director Bita Nazarian is not only the wheel that keeps the Mission-based nonprofit working, she's the driving force behind the organization's upcoming expansion. 

Get a Whiff of the Holidays With Fragrances, Candles + More Made in SF

Tis the season for chunky sweaters and the wafting aroma of warming spice. Here are some of our favorite, seasonally scented yummy goods—think soaps, lip balms, cologne, and more—from Bay Area makers

2015 Hot 20: Jessica Semaan, the Passion Chaser

Jessica Semaan, founder of Passion Co., believes every person has something to offer—some individual passion that just might be a gift to someone else or to the world.

This Holiday Season, Volunteer at These Local Pet Adoption Centers

This holiday season, ask not what you want, but what you can do for some adorable furry creatures in need. Pet adoption rates peak during the holidays, and local centers could really use your help. Here's where to lend a hand.

World's Largest Hybrid Organ Is Headed for Castro Theatre

If Castro Theatre organist David Hegarty can raise enough funds to finish his custom-built organ, the neighborhood landmark will be home to the world's largest hybrid pipe/digital organ. 

Scenes of the City: Take an Interiors Tour of SF With Architect Karen Curtiss

We tapped architect Karen Curtiss, owner of Red Dot Studio, for a design-centric tour of her recent projects in San Francisco.

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