Lauren Lester Amateur lapidary
is a wondering piece-maker
Photo by Natali Truax
Neighborhood: The Tenderloin, Presidio
Gig: Owner & designer of While Odin Sleeps
What are you up to these days? I have a rock collection which I must admit I'm quite proud of. And currently I am working on making that collection wearable for While Odin Sleeps.
SF is... where all the misfits aren't so misfitted.
Where would you have your last meal on earth? Rosamunde! I'd have the chicken tequila sausage on a french roll topped with grilled onions and spicy pepper accompanied with a Racer 5. Drool...
Who's your favorite quintessential local character? The bison! I absolutely love riding my bike through Golden Gate Park to visit my little friends. Reminds me there is still a world beyond all the cement.
Where's your go-to date place? Front Porch. I love a man who can enjoy soul food, rocking chairs, and a good glass of bourbon.
Why do you love your neighborhood? It's the closest thing to the zombie apocalypse I'll ever experience.
Where's your secret spot? Hooker's Sweet Treats on Hyde. While their caramels are sold throughout SF, few know that they have their own lovely little cafe. They serve Sightglass Coffee, and their interior is as warm and comforting as their bread pudding.
What's your favorite SF institution? Castro Theatre. Double features? Yes please!
What would you change about SF? More nature! More parks, more community farms, and gardens. More bees and butterflies! More life.