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Mar-24-2010

The sisters of Satin Moon fabrics

The Chronicle had a nice writeup on Satin Moon, a fabric store that has been located at 32 Clement Street for 37 years.

I love going into their shop. It’s like entering a beautifully draped, padded room that’s full of colorful fabrics that take their inspiration from many different cultures. I’ve been in Satin Moon many a time for upholstery fabric through the years.

The sisters who run Satin Moon are Alice and Susan Miyamoto, who spent their teenage years sewing and designing their own clothes and indulging their wild child by driving up from Southern California to catch concerts at the Fillmore. Their parents were dismayed when they opened the shop in 1972. Alice says, “They wanted us to be doctors.”

Well Mom and Dad, your daughters have done very well – Satin Moon is regarded as one of the city’s premiere fabric stores. It’s hard to match the rich and unusual designs that you’ll find among the bolts and bolts (and bolts) of fabric that line the shop, which is smaller than some Richmond District apartments at just 1,200 sq. feet.

Their success seems to be tied to not only their eye for design and fabrics, but also their ability to agree on what they like. “We can go into a museum and look at 50 Rothkos and we’ll both like the same one best,” said Susan.

They often imagine what a fabric could be used for when they’re considering a purchase. But sometimes, they just buy something because they like it.

Says Susan, “if we really love something, we just buy it.” “Even if we aren’t sure who else will like it,” said Alice. “It almost always sells, in the end,” said Susan.

Read the entire article at sfgate.com

Sarah B.


Photo: Peter DaSilva | Special to the Chronicle


Photo: Peter DaSilva | Special to the Chronicle


Photo: Peter DaSilva | Special to the Chronicle

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 4:44 pm | Posted under Business, Shopping | 1 comment
Mar-24-2010

Rickshaw’ing it in the Richmond

Fawn Fitter’s pics are really catching my eye this week… She photographed a rickshaw along Clement Street recently.

Digging into the photo’s caption I discovered it’s the latest creation from the man I had seen chugging around Sunday Streets and Golden Gate Park last year. He’s known as Deep Jawa. You probably remember him – he had two booming speakers strapped to the back of his three wheeled cycle, blasting funky hits for people to enjoy (photo at right is from Mission Sunday Streets in 2009).

Apparently that sonic bicycle, a.k.a Trikeasaurus 1.0, met its demise with a broken axel, so Deep Jawa upped the ante with this latest rickshaw model. He found it was the perfect accompaniment to his love for bicycles, cute girls, mini-skirts and high heels.

Deep Jawa found an Indian rickshaw for sale online and the DIY story continues from there. Let’s hope he brings his latest ride out for Sunday Streets on the Great Highway on April 11.

Sarah B.


Photo by Fawn Fitter

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Mar-23-2010

Walking tall in Golden Gate Park

RichmondSFBlog reader Fawn Fitter snapped these unusual park dwellers recently. She tells me, “I was lying around in the sun in front of the Conservatory two weekends ago when I spotted these two walking around. I grabbed my camera and went over to talk to them and ask if I could take their picture. We chatted for a bit and then they noticed a Frisbee lying on the ground and said, hey, let’s try to toss it! But they couldn’t figure out how to pick it up.”

Ahh, it’s a tough life for a stiltwalker. Thanks Fawn for snapping and sharing these pics!

Sarah B.

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Mar-23-2010

“Remembering Playland” adds two more shows: KQED looks back

In case you missed the first showings of “Remembering Playland”, you have two more chances this weekend. The Balboa has added a 12noon show on both Saturday and Sunday. Get advance tickets here

KQED’s Forum also devoted a recent episode to the iconic Richmond District theme park. Hosted by Scott Schafer, the show includes interviews with historian James Smith who is writing a book on Playland’s early years, Marv Gold and Richard Tuck, both part of Playland-Not-at-the-Beach in El Cerrito, and Tom Wyrsch, the filmmaker behind “Remembering Playland”.

Thanks to RichmondSFBlog reader Adam for the heads up!

Sarah B.

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Mar-23-2010

What do thy Covet? Jewelry of course.

Tucked in at 391 Arguello right near Clement is a jewelry boutique, Covet, which opened in Spring 2009.

Featured by NBC Bay Area recently, the small shop is owned by two jewelry designers, Adrienne Lee Wiley and Liza Anongchanya. The two manage their own wholesale jewelry businesses in addition to Covet, which recently opened a second location at 451 Hayes.

“We came up with the unique idea to create an affordable handcrafted jewelry boutique combined with an in-house design studio because we wanted to offer customers a one-stop, full service shopping experience,” they say on their website.

Covet was already closed when I popped by this weekend, but I still window shopped. There were some beautiful pieces on display and according to the NBC article, “their price-points are always affordable” and their “Sale Tree” is always in bloom.

The article describes Covet’s jewelry as vintage and feminine. “Adrienne prefers to incorporate vintage findings into her handcrafted collections while Liza often interprets geometric shapes into delicate lariats, necklaces as well as earrings. Their success can be attributed to a commitment to create feminine, subtle and sometimes whimsical pieces.”

According to their website, Covet also offers “Sip and Shop” private events for groups, a “Wish List” registry for devoted shoppers, as well as on the spot customization for shoppers who see something in the store that they think needs a little tweak.

Sarah B.


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Mar-23-2010

Spring break camp for kids at the YMCA, March 29 – April 2

Spring break is coming up and if you’re looking for something fun for your kids, check out the Richmond District YMCA’s Spring Camp.

The camp runs from March 29 through April 2 and features a trip to the farm, planting a vegetable garden and creating an organic meal.

The cost is $250 for the week. For more information, stop by the Richmond District YMCA on 18th Avenue near Geary or call Raquel at 666-9605.

Sarah B.

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Mar-22-2010

Creature Features at the Balboa, March 25

This Thursday, the Balboa will present a night of Creature Features, inspired by the KTVU show from the 1970s that featured horror movies hosted by John Stanley.

Hosted by John Stanley, Creature Features will show the film, Horror Express, in which a train speeding through the trans-Siberian wilderness is terrorized by a supernatural entity with blazing red eyeballs who mesmerizes his victims and turns them into corpses with bleeding eyeball sockets. Starring Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing and Telly Savalas.

In addition to the film, you’ll see vintage footage 1970s commercials, John Stanley’s classic four-part interview with actor/voice impressionist Frank Gorshin, and Bob Wilkins’ interview with John Stanley on Market Street in downtown San Francisco (not seen since 1977!).

The creepiness begins at 7:30pm; advance tickets available here.

Sarah B.

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Mar-22-2010

Joe’s Ice Cream moving after 50 years

Since 1959, Joe’s Ice Cream has sat on the corner of 18th Avenue and Geary. Its black and white sign is like a beacon in the Richmond, drawing in drooling kids and nostalgic parents. Joe’s is one of the few places in San Francisco that serves homemade ice cream.

Starting in late May, Joe’s Ice Cream will move just a half block down Geary to a new location that used to be Posh Bagel at 5420 Geary. It’s under plywood at the moment while Joe’s converts the former bakery to another ice cream mecca.

I’m told the move is due to rising rent in their current location. I’m thrilled Joe’s will remain a Richmond District tradition but will be a little saddened to see them lose their coveted corner location and eye-catching signage.

Thank to RichmondSFBlog reader Stacy for the tip!

Sarah B.

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