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12 Local Merchants Honored at 1st Annual Cause Local Effect Awards

dailyKarma, a mobile app launching soon to spread gratitude throughout the Bay Area, honored 12 local merchants at the first annual Cause Local Effect Awards at the Museum of Craft and Design last week. 

The Most Freakishly Delicious Cheeseburgers in San Francisco

That most all-American of sandwiches is a bit of lab rat here in San Francisco, where creative chefs test and try, test and try until they find just the right twist on the classic to arrive at their own signature cheeseburger. With so much culinary talent here, it’s tough to choose our favorites. But, of course, someone’s got to do it. Here are our carefully taste-tested picks for the eight most bomb cheeseburgers in SF.

Night Moves: San Francisco (and Beyond) in the Wee Hours at SF Open Studios

If you've ever wondered what happens in the world around you when you drift off to sleep and all goes silent, check out the work of local photographers Greta and Manu Schnetzler. “We have an attraction to what has been left behind to decay or be destroyed, or that which is waiting to be reanimated by human presence. Late night is home to all of those things.” 

Local Photographers Who Got Their Big Breaks on Instagram

Thanks to the phenomenon of Instagram, photographers now transform our everyday lives into something more. By bringing magic to the mundane, Instagrammers have come to the forefront as influencers, leading lives that we lust for as we pore over their images in endless scrolling and liking. It is a new age for photojournalism. Here, meet five Bay Area photographers who made it thanks to Instagram.

Property Porn: Killers Bassist Mark Stoermer Looks to Flip Lower Haight Victorian at Zero Profit

Despite rock 'n' roll's devil-may-care image, Killers bassist Mark Stoermer hasn't remotely trashed his property. Quite the contrary.

Shop Local: 6 Takes on Fall's Hottest Hue

A richer alternative to beige and more in line with the resurgence of 70s bohemian luxe than our fallback basic black, toffee was all the rage on the fall runways. Shop the look locally with these chic goods from San Francisco Bay Area designers.

Greek Wines See a Revival in the Bay Area

Where once we Northern Californians felt obligated to drink mostly California wines, our local restaurants have broadened their palettes in the last several years, bringing more global wines to the table. (Marlowe has a Lebanese red blend that's to die for.) But these days, sommeliers are making room for another wine region on their lists: All hail Greece, a country whose wines are overdue for a revival.

The Cognoscente: Inside the Abstract Life of Painter Stevan Shapona

Stevan Shapona, 59, is one of the last remaining artists from San Francisco's fabled golden age. Born and raised in the Bay Area, Shapona worked alongside his father as a sign painter for decades—touching up the awnings of the St. Francis hotel among other local icons—before pursuing art full time.

Uber Tries Its Luck in the Overcrowded On-Demand Delivery Sector

It seems dominating the ride-sharing industry just isn't enough for local tech giant, Uber. Now they're going after Postmates, too. 

Meet the SF Consultant Behind America's Best New Restaurant

For all the obsession over celebrity chefs, one might think a restaurant’s success is determined solely by its food. But anyone who’s worked in the industry knows better—it is often the front of house, or even those behind the scenes, who propel our favorite eateries (and their chefs) to stardom. Here in San Francisco, one restaurant consultant seems to have the magic touch. And nope, you’ve never heard of her.

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