Now that Christmas paraphernalia is seeping into store windows all over town, it's safe to say that the holidays are here–and that means you have to start thinking of gifts to give to your loved ones. We all know San Francisco boasts a world-class selection of one-of-a-kind shops and boutiques that cater to locals and tourists alike. In that tradition, buried deep within the city's cosmopolitan Design District, SF's Giftcenter and Jewelrymart is a sprawling collection of 150 wholesale gift, jewelry, and apparel showrooms that exhibit gorgeous wares to trade only–until now.
We at 7x7 are proud to be a part of the 2011 San Francisco Social, a night of dancing, merriment and cocktails that supports KIPP Bay Area Schools, an organization that provides a stable network of free college-prep programs to low-income public schools in San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose and San Lorenzo.
One of San Francisco's most accomplished chefs, Ron Siegel (he was the first US citizen to ever win Iron Chef!) will helm the kitchen at Nob Hill's just-announced, highly anticipated new restaurant Parallel 37, inside The Ritz-Carlton. True to its name–its inspired by the geographic latitude running near the San Francisco Bay Area–the spot already prides itself on a menu chock-full of locally sourced ingredients as well as sustainably produced wines from Sonoma and Napa.
This fall, Cirque du Soleil’s latest mind-boggling spectacular TOTEM hits San Francisco's AT&T Park under the blue and yellow Grand Chapiteau (Big Top). The trippy show–full of flying acrobatics and otherworldly costumes–traces the fascinating journey of the human species from its original amphibian state to its ultimate desire to fly. And boy, do they ever fly.
We’re pretty much loving the W right now. First they opened TRACE (read about it HERE), which has quickly become a favorite of 7x7 staffers. Today is the launch of their redesigned welcome area, including the mesmerizing Living Room Bar and Upstairs Bar. The spaces are designed by San Francisco-based interior designer and architect Stanley Saitowitz of Natoma Architects.
If you've ever flown Virgin America out of SFO's new Terminal 2, you know that the vacation glow starts long before you touch down at your destination. Once you step onto the aircraft and settle into your luxurious leather seat, soak in the mood lighting, order handmade cocktails, food, and movies you wanted to see in theaters but never did, you can pretty much forget that you're on a plane to begin with. Treat it as a chance to watch Real Housewives in complete anonymity, or catch up on blogs by plugging into their wi-fi network. Even their bathrooms play techno music.
Right in the heart of Oakland's city center, a new development called Domain By Alta has sprung out of the concrete to provide the best of Oakland at your doorstep, from the Oakland Museum of Art, schools for kids, the attractions of Old Oakland, farmers markets, and countless eating and drinking options. Best of all? They're throwing an awesome opening party on October 13, complete with live music and complimentary food and beverages from 5-8:30 pm. Come check it out!
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