Polk Street antiques shop Homme is holding a tag sale on members-only home decor sample sale site One Kings Lane (free to join), with one-of-a-kind items available for up to 70 percent off of retail. Shop owner Michelle Homme says, “There are still some really great pieces available, including work by award-winning photojournalist Jason Florio who’s a Londoner in New York, and can be found in the Brooklyn Museum . . . a great way to add incredible art to your space for a fraction of the cost.” The sale ends tomorrow at 8 a.m. PDT. so step to it!
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I have never heard of MyJoffer.com before but from some elementary deduction I have arrived upon two things: a) it has a dumb name and b) it seems like a Groupon knockoff. But more importantly, for the next day and a half, the site is offering a 50 percent discount on gift certificates for $10 worth of wine at Polk Street’s very own Spencer and Daniel’s Wine Outlet (1541 Polk at Sacramento). SnD’s offers great deals on dozens of varieties of wine, which all seem to be up for grabs with this coupon, so I’d have at it I were you — and I will, too.
I was browsing in the Russian Hill Bookstore this winter, and I turned to my friend and said idly, “You can never have too many books.” He mocked: “So says the girl with one stack of books.” A little taken back, I defended my singular tower of literature by insisting that I had more in storage. But later, after the staircase wit had settled in, I realized that a “Dude, it’s 2009, we all have Kindles,” might have been more successful.
Nevertheless, I still really do have one lonely stack of books in my apartment, and it’s about time I change that. This week kicked off the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library 45th Annual Big Book Sale at Fort Mason Center’s Festival Pavilion where over 300,000 books, DVDs, CDs, books-on-tape, and vinyl sell for $5 or less. All proceeds from the sale benefit library programs which promote literacy, and just to give you an idea, $265,000 was raised at the ’08 sale. (more…)
Last week I announced the tragic news that Polk Street’s sweetest design shop Swallowtail is closing after 14 years. I was hoping the shop might hold a liquidation sale of some sort and pass on its stunning inventory to my living room. But a little birdie tells me that the shop’s fantastic inventory has all been cleared out. Tear! Rumor has it shop owner Sheri Sheridan will be taking all her goodies to a warehouse in the East Bay. I suspect she’ll try to sell it off at an online auction house like 1st Dibs, in which case it certainly won’t be a steal. If you’re already yearning for Swallowtail’s smart design style, make a stop by Bar Johnny, which was also designed by Sheridan.
I’m curious to see what smart business owner scoops up 2217 Polk next. The space has really beautiful wooden skylights and a quaint little garden in the back, so there’s a lot to work with.
With a gulp of tears, I must announce that Russian Hill’s most exceptional antiques and design shop, Swallowtail, has drawn its last breath. In the window:
After 14 wonderful years we are sad to announce that we are closing our doors. We will miss the great Polk Street community and thank you one all.
From vintage anatomical illustrations and embroidered auto-mechanic name tags to gilded folding screens and graffiti-printed Louis XIV chairs, Swallowtail transcended trend for inimitable style. It was a paragon of sophistication and an inspiration for passersby and loyal customers alike. So long, winged friend.
Wear your home on your sleeve. Or neck. Etsy seller Tweedy Crab has created a line of hand-knit scarves inspired by San Francisco, “the fog, the hills, the cable cars, the bridges, the views, the architecture, the food, the magic, the romance.” Each cabled creation is named for a place or street in the city. This short cowl scarf is called Russian Hill ($68). Since I was recently defeated in a longest neck contest, maybe it will fit me.
I stumbled upon SF-based photographer Steven Hight on Flickr, and I’m loving how he plays with perspective. In this cable car tracks photograph, shot somewhere in Russian Hill, he’s made the cars look like Matchbox toys. He also uses an antique camera which gives his shots a heavy ’60s/’70s vibe — an unusual way to look at everyday city sights. You can purchase his work as archival prints or mounted photographs at Molte Cose (2044 Polk at Broadway), ranging from 5 to 30 inches square. If local landmarks are your thing, check out his set of photographs of the Alhambra Theater.
About a year ago, it was announced that CVS would buy Longs Drugs Stores for a small fee of $2.9 billion. We’re finally seeing that news bit come to life on the edge of Russian Hill with the grand opening of CVS at 2025 Van Ness Ave (at Pacific). Growing up on the East Coast, I developed an odd loyalty to CVS, so I’m happy to see it take over, in my mind, a lesser brand and bring its presence out West. Does anyone share a similar sense of pharmacy loyalty? It’s a strange thing. Truth be told, I’ll be sticking with Walgreens for my pharmaceuticals; I love my ritual Polk Street walk and daily dose of panhandler compliments too much to leave. There’s nothing like hearing, “I hate to see you go, beautiful, but I love to see you walk away,” to put a bothered smile on your face.
Students, please welcome a new shopping destination to the neighborhood. Her name is Thread Lounge (2325 Polk Street at Union), and she transferred here all the way from Hayes Valley. Thread Lounge sells sample pieces and excess stock from small independent designers at greatly discounted prices.
The inventory is very neatly arranged on racks and tables, and includes good quality pieces for men, women, and children. You’ll find gear for all seasons and occasions, from yoga gear and jeans to evening dresses and winter coats. There’s lots to love, but I imagine it’s also hit or miss. Today, I hit.
The shopkeeper (maybe the owner?) tells me that Thread Lounge is taking a trial run in this location. They didn’t do much PR for themselves, so it’s been a little slow. And she also seems partial to Hayes Valley. But I have a feeling once all those Union Street girls come a knockin’, they’ll be here to stay. Get it while it’s hot, kids!
Oh, p.s. all sales are final and there’s a communal changing room : /