Lauren Venell Manifestor
is faking it 'til she makes it
Neighborhood: Bernal Heights
Gig: Product design and props, LOV Design
SF is… the city that loves you back.
What are you up to these days? Launching a new plush toy line called "Deep Creeps," which are glow-in-the-dark sea creatures from the bottom of the ocean.
Why do you love your neighborhood? People here are proud – of their homes, their gardens, their parks, and even their dive bars – so everything feels loved and well cared for.
What's a restaurant you've tried here in SF that maybe other people don't know about? The Galley inside Clooney's Pub. Delicious, cheap, and friendly. Perfect for a laid-back night with a couple of friends.
Where do you go to relax and get away from it all? The parking lot at Ocean Beach. I recline my seat, turn on the radio and watch the surfers.
What do you get obsessive about here in SF? Bubble tea. I will drive from Bernal to the Sunset at least weekly for my current favorite--the passion fruit tea at Tea Way.
What local merchant have you been meaning to check out? The Mission Bowling Club (I've been inside but haven't bowled yet). For years I had dreams of opening a bowling alley in the Mission, but now I don't have to!
What would you change about San Francisco? I'd give it a real subway system.