The new parklet being installed on Clement near 3rd Avenue. Photo by @Dameright
Whew, we’ve been saving up lots of links for y’all to enjoy! Don’t miss any of them – there’s some good stuff in here…
- There’s a new gift shop and children’s clothing boutique at 202 Clement Street called Story. They’re hosting a grand opening celebration this Friday night from 6-9pm featuring Nobly, jewelry from Lina Shatara, and art by Nate1 Design and Sita Rupe. Stop in for some drinks and bites, and to welcome them to the neighborhood. And if you can’t make the party, just stop in to shop sometime!
- And just outside the new Story shop… Construction of the new, woodsy Clement Street parklet is underway. The parklet was designed and is being built the fellows of Anzfer Farms, a workshop and showroom located in the Outer Richmond at 2441 Balboa. They’re targeting completion this Friday or Saturday in time for Sunday’s Farmer’s Market.
- Speaking of parklets… Cinderella Bakery on Balboa near 6th Avenue also wants to build a parklet in front of their business. Reader Tracy tells us there is a proposal posted in the bakery window, and the comment period runs from 7/25/13 to 8/8/2013. Contact 554-5810 or email@example.com with any comments or questions.
- Speaking of Balboa Street… There are big improvements planned for outer Balboa – $2.3 million worth to be exact. The Chronicle reports that the commercial district will get “a fresh look with new landscaping, better street lights and street and sidewalk improvements, but also a more visible identity, with 12-foot-tall monuments marking the area’s entryways at 34th and 39th streets.” The project will begin in September and is expected to take 8 months to complete. Read more at the DPW website or download the project fact sheet.
- Sad news from Golden Gate Park this week. The SF Zoo had to euthanize the oldest bison in the herd that lives in the park. The unnamed bison had lived for 30 years (25 is typical). Eight bison still remain in the park – some from a donation thanks to Richard Blum as a gift to his wife and then-Mayor Dianne Feinstein in 1983, and the rest from a group of young females purchased from a Redding ranch in 2011 to bolster the herd. RIP Grandpa Bison.
- Remember the Where’s Waldo? scavenger hunt that Clement Street merchants held this month? The wrap-up party and raffle takes place at Green Apple Books this Wednesday afternoon at 3pm. Stop by for food and treats, donated by some of the businesses who participated in the Waldo hunt. And our own Supervisor Eric Mar will be on hand to draw the raffle winners. We hear Waldo may even make an appearance…
- More kudos for Green Apple – they were named to the Top shops’ hall of fame by SFGate. “This bibliophile’s delight tumbles out of its quarters daily in the form of its radically discounted sidewalk stacks. Within, no one can resist those staff reviews broadcasting the lovingly edited selection of new fiction and non- or the sizable collection of used volumes. Retreat from the Richmond fog in the magazine annex.”
- Want to hone your drawing skills? Painter Eun Hee Lee is teaching an Experimental Life Drawing Class at the Park Presidio United Methodist Church (4301 Geary) on Tuesday nights from 7-8pm, from August 6 through September 10. The class is $40 and is open to beginners and advanced artists. View the class flyer (PDF)
- A recent article on the KQED Blog says there is new data that indicates apartment rents in San Francisco may be falling slightly. The Richmond District median rent for a 1 bedroom as of July 2013? $1,835 a month.
- The Richmond District Branch Library on 9th Avenue now has its own Facebook page. “Like” them to keep up with their wide variety of events.
- This Saturday from 10am until 3pm is the Summer Gardening Fair at the Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park. The fair “is a free, fun and friendly gathering of plant enthusiasts sharing ideas, plants and plant-related items. This year, we’re proud to add lots of children’s activities to round out the day!”
- This Friday and Saturday is the Fair Trade Bazaar at the de Young Museum, showcasing products from global artisans. Shop for jewelry, textiles, native handcrafts, and decorative accessories reflecting the many cultures represented in the museum’s collection. Admission is free, and members get 10% off any purchases.
- Speaking of the de Young, someone “yarn-bombed” their bike rack last week, adding a little rainbow beneath the tower:
Photo by @deyoungmuseum