This is what you see as you walk in the front door of America’s First Urban Costco – hundreds and hundreds of new-school down jackets.
‘Cause it’s August:
If you’re looking for a shopping mall near the center of SF, this is it. So “City Center,” sitting high atop Mervyn’s Heights, certainly deserves its name.
But check out its white on black color scheme – quite striking, non?
Anyway, there’s space on this tower for a whole bunch of chain stores – can you guess which ones?
I’ll tell you, if you tried to open a Chipotle’s a mile or two south of hear, you’d have people coming out of the woodwork to protest.
But up here, on Mervyn’s Heights (aka Target Tor), NOT ONE PERSON has yet objected to our soon-to-come Chiptoles.
‘Cause we just love chain stores ’round here, in this part of SF…
One supposes the great Apple Costco Spat of Aught-Ten is over, seeing as you can walk right in to Costco #144 and score an iPod Touch or Nano or, soon enough, an iPad Air or Mini or whatnot.
Apparently Canadian Costcos are getting iPhones now but supplies will be spotty in the U.S. depending on region and carrier.
(The last time I bought an iPod at a Costco it was co-branded with HP, believe it or not.)
Or if you really want to save money, there’s always the Apple Refurbished Store.
It’s new, it’s you!
Look, these people even hid some Bitcoin (current market value = $20 or so) at Mark Zuckerberg’s house(?) in the Mission-ish area:
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Will YOU find an aluminum BC wallet? IDK, but you can’t win if you don’t play.
114 Followers can’t be wrong!
In closing, AHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
Here you go, here are the hours for USPS Clayton Station 94117 in the Upper Haight:
Compare that with the opening time for the big UPS Customer Center at 320 San Bruno Ave.
Well forget about Saturday ’cause the UPS aint even open on Saturdays. And M-F, the UPS begrudgingly opens at 9:30 AM.
I’ll tell you, a few decades back, UPS outperformed the Post Office in all aspects. But these days, for a lot of aspects, it’s hard to tell much of a diff.
One supposes some business travelers can simply expense these kinds of purchases?
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But if you need a brass knuckles case for your iPhone like right now…
What does this mean to you?
As seen in gentrified Hayes Valley:
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To me, it meant what if your tax preparer got caught overstaying his visa and then got deported and then who the hell would defend your return come audit time and that’s why you ought to hire a fully-fledged ‘Murican to help you with your taxes.
But it turns out that it’s just a rent-seeking trade guild.
I’ll tell you, I know a little bit about how people get into trouble with such alphabet soups as the IRS, the BOE and the FTB. (Oh man, if an auditor asks a bar owner why he why buys 200 kegs a month but only sells 50, you know, officially, he’ll start talking about employee theft and spoilage and, gee, look at all that beer in the lines, well that’s probably 100 keg’s worth right there.)
So that’s real life.
But I aint ever met anybody who needed to worry about, “What If My Tax Preparer is Not Legal?”