Archive for October, 2009

Happy Halloween!

The Christmas candy is here! At Walgreens.


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img-0024Treat or treat! Tomorrow from 2 to 6 p.m., the Candy Store (1507 Vallejo St. at Polk) will host its third annual Halloween event. The boutique will set a candy cart set outside where sweet-toothed locals can fill their own containers for free. Prizes will also be awarded for the best costumes. Gosh darnit that’s practically unheard of! Free candy on Halloween! Hurry, that candy corn will go fast!

Oh wait, that’s funny: their annual Halloween event is on the same day as mine every year . . .

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Feelin’ the Blue on Green


The apartment building at Green and Polk that was covered in a sheath of unsightly scaffolding is gradually undressing to reveal a midnight blue color, with black and gold trim on its ornate moldings. I dig it.

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UPDATE: Yesterday, I speculated about who the new tenant in the former Swallowtail space at 2217 Polk St. would be. As it turns out, it will be another antiques store — yay! — although not Arbor. I should have more information on the new proprietor next week. So stay tuned. And until then, don’t buy any furniture.

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On Green St. near Van Ness, someone does believe in magic.img00136

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Drive ‘Em Wild

2867906884_5c5a7d889d_bU.S. News and World Report named Lombard Street one of six roads to drive before you die, calling it “a staple of American culture” — okay, that’s a stretch. What ever happened to GAP hoodies and apple pie? I am happy to see Russian Hill’s celebrity street getting love, but let me remind you that the speed limit on our lady Lombard is a mere 5mph. Meanwhile the German Autobahn has no speed limit whatsoever, only an advisory speed limit of 80 mph. Live a little.


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I am still beside myself over the closure of Swallowtail. But the glass-half-full part of me is hoping there will be good things to come for 2217 Polk St. According to the storefront window, the prime address has already been leased. It’s no surprise — with an adorable back patio and skylights, the space is gorgeous.


While the notice in the window says not to disturb the new tenant or landlord, a number “for information of new business” was also listed. After a little reverse search, I’ve found that the number was at least once associated with Arbor Studios, a former prop rental and antique shop on Market St., which now houses an informal artists collective studio. The digits might be associated with a new business now, I can’t say. But you know I’ll be sure to get the word out when I unearth Swallowtail’s successor! Tear.

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