Last night, our microhood party returned! Hundreds of folks swarmed Valencia Street at 15th to check out the unique offerings from Four Barrel Coffee, Nooworks, Farnsworth, Michael Rosenthal Gallery, and The Common. We playfully titled the event Valencia Bottoms and were happy to welcome a couple great sponsors, Zipcar and Speakeasy Ales & Lagers, to join in the fun.
In between digging complimentary libations and unmissable deals at each of the participating shops, people relaxed on Valencia Street to soak up a bit of sun ...
Rosenthal Gallery hosted a one-night only gallery sale featuring some awesome art, while Michael from The Common mixed magical cocktails that showcased delicious and hard-to-find liquors, Root and Snap.
Four Barrel proved that beer and coffee do indeed belong together. There's nothing better than Four Barrel's affogato (a shot of their expresso and a scoop of vanilla ice cream) paired with Speakeasy's Big Daddy I.P.A.
Zipcar was on hand to sign people up for their unique car sharing service.
And Little Knock's Vietnamese food cart made sure that no one went hungry.
Thanks to our participating merchants, sponsors, donors, and everyone who came out for making Valencia Bottoms one of our best microhood parties yet. We can't wait for the next one.
Wanna see more? Check out more event photos (shot by The Bold Italic's Nicole Grant
and Sarah Han
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Remember when there used to be a flower shop in Hayes Valley? I do. It was run out of a garage on Octavia next to The African Outlet. Since the day it disappeared, the space has been rather dead.
This week, I noticed the garage door is open again! Ali Golden and Sarah Tejada are now working out of the space, and have named it The Bull + The Bear. Ali has a clothing line of drape-y yet timeless pieces, and her stuff was sold at Shotwell's. Sarah makes beautiful jewelry and purses with leather studs and folk art details.
Be sure to take a gander at their goods next time you're in the 'hood, and you can also hi to Ali or Sarah at a great little shop across the street called Reliquary, where they work part time. Hurrah for local fashion!
Hayes Valley, Art & Design, Fashion, Shopping
Last May, Bold Local N.W. Smith wrote "The Cutting Edge," a story about finding old school barber shops where he could get an old-fashioned straight razor shave. In the piece, the first place he visited was the Original Palace Barber Shop in SoMA, where he admits, he was expecting mustachioed men barbers. Instead, a motherly woman named Teresa was there to service him. N.W.'s assumption, it turns out, isn't uncommon.
While browsing Vimeo, I first stumbled upon "It's a Man's Man's Man's Barber School," part three of a four-part series called "Barber School Day" by Turnstyle Video. The video focuses on Sylvia B., a woman who works at the San Francisco Barber College on Sixth Street, and offers an interesting peek behind the scenes at a traditionally male-dominated space. As Sylvia explains in the clip, "It takes a certain girl to deal with boys all day." She started going to school because her male friends kept telling her that "guys love a girl barber," and that she'd make a lot of money. Easier said than done. Sylvia found that being a woman in this profession isn't easy because not all men want a female to cut their hair. She often has to win customers over, and sometimes only after other male barbers reassure them of her skills.
I was glad to see Turnstyle give a woman's side to the story, even if a female is a rarity in a barbershop. Here's to Sylvia, Teresa, and all the other women barbers in San Francisco!
See more videos from the series on Turnstyle's website.