San Francisco's Branch is finding a new place to perch. The sustainable design-focused online retailer is packing up its South Van Ness warehouse and easing into a shiny new space South of Market. While details on the new headquarters are limited so far, talk of a showroom and event space planned inside have got our interest piqued.
A modern, undulating ride of LEED-certified design, Bar Agricole might be the most stunning tavern to ever touch down in San Francisco. The fact that the high-concept, farmcentric tavern is located on one of the most scrappy blocks of the city makes it all the more fascinating. We talked to Thad Vogler, the mad genius behind it all. Just don't call him a mixologist.
With an appealingly ramshackle, if cultivated, sense of funk, there's something very NYC LES about Citizen's Band, the latest SF SoMa restaurant to enter the scene. If ironic trucker hats were still en vogue, this would be the place to wear them.
Americana is the theme: vintage postcards cover the walls; old, metal tractor seats made into stools (something bare legs can't recommend) are parked at a counter overlooking an open kitchen. The whole space opens up to Pinkie's Bakery which opens up to Icon, a small dance club. There's a progressive dinner in here somewhere.
Stop what you're doing and take a minute to think about all of your favorite San Francisco landmarks. Sure, City Hall and the Golden Gate Bridge may top the list but don't leave out the wacky building on the corner of Sixth and sketchy known as Defenstration. Love it or hate it, we all know the blighted Hugo Hotel turned public art installation on the corner of Sixth and Howard and our city just wouldn't feel the same without it. But the furniture-clad building won't stay frozen in time without a little TLC. And that's where you come in.
Deal us in...
Edo Salon and Gallery: A two-for-one color special is on at this Lower Haight salon. During November, book an appointment for a color service with a friend, and you’ll receive back-to-back treatments and only pay for one of them. Appointments for both clients must be booked at the same time under one person’s name. Intrigued? Get an introduction to the salon during a 20's-inspired cocktail party being held there tonight from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Step inside newly re-launched King Street salon Vim and Vigor, and the first thing you’re likely to notice about the club-like interiors are walls strewn with what, from afar at least, appear to be undulating tendrils of hair. But take a few steps closer, and you’ll find the swirling lines are actually mane-like fibers embedded in the walls. And thank the styling gods for that. The real deal could easily have had the unintended effect of creeping us out long before we were able to learn about the salon’s all-star team of stylists, trendy Brazilian Blowout service and signature cutting technique.
Usually the apartments you find in SoMa are either uber-modern luxury numbers or former crack dens with a fresh coat of paint (if you're lucky). We like this one bedroom at Shipley Street between 5th and 6th because of its reasonable rent and well-kept interior. For $1475 a month you get an updated kitchen with granite countertops, wood floors throughout with berber carpet in the bedroom, a small balcony and access to a backyard area. The frequent use of the words "cozy", "charming", and "quaint" all scream teeny-tiny to us, but for one person this might be a great space. Check it out this Sunday from 1 to 2pm or Monday from 5 to 6pm to find out for yourself.
One of San Francisco’s can’t-miss fashion events of the year takes place tomorrow night in SoMa. In case you’ve been trapped in a dressing room somewhere and haven’t heard the buzz (not likely, we know, but possible), the Discarded to Divine benefit held each year taps fashion designers to create garments from donated clothing and textiles and auctions the finished wearables off to raise much-needed funds for the St. Vincent de Paul Society’s programs aiding the poor and homeless. Recycled fashion? Design for a good cause? A chance give Project Runway’s Sweet P props on her copious arm tattoos? It goes without saying that we.are.so.there.
Instead of the unattended-to mail, errant articles of clothing and various electronic gadgetry one might expect to find strewn across the desk of the average 21-year-old SoMa resident, there’s a band saw and what remains of a pheasant carcass perched on the one belonging to Mariele Williams, whose leather, antler and feather jewelry made us stop and stare (in a good way) during a recent visit to The Perish Trust.
What better way is there to thank mom for your good looks than treating her to some new ones of her own?
And besides, chatting over breakfast with Julie Chaiken, goddess of black pants, before heading to her private studio for a one-on-one style session peppered with the San Francisco designer’s tips and takes on current trends isn’t a shabby way for a fashion supplicant to spend a Saturday.