Posts Tagged ‘centre’

Chain Store Paradise in the Heart of Frisco: “GNC, EUROPEAN WAX CENTER, SUBWAY, CHIPTOLE (Soon), PANERA BREAD”

Monday, April 13th, 2015

Perhaps Frisco just wants to say it doesn’t like chain stores, but it actually loves chain stores? It sure seems that way.

Of course, you won’t find this slice o’ suburbia down at Castro and Market, but head north for a little bit, IDK a mile or two, and bam!, here we are at City Centre, all hidden away, with free parking, you know, galore. Here’s the SUBWAY  sign going up and it won’t be long ’til the Chiptole sign goes up right next door:

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And the “anchors” at this mall? Best Buy and Target, natch! (Can the nearest Trader Joe’s be far away? It could, but it’s not. Not at all.)

Now here’s the update: Chiptole won’t be opening this week or this month, it’s safe to say:

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“Burritofication” will be “in progress” for some time, it appears…

Inner Richmond Acronym Game: “HeaVen” Massage Centre Stands For “Happy Endings And…”

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

I’m stuck at the V-E-N part

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OMG, OMG. It’s the Target Store Job Fair August 15-17! Hundreds to be Hired at City Target West, Geary and Masonic – Opens October 2013

Monday, August 12th, 2013

Giant signs don’t lie:

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It’ll be a huge cattle call the way they had for Our First City Target in SoMA on Mission last year.

But you should apply here before you show up, I s’pose.

All the deets of the job titles/positions you can apply for, after the jump.

Bon Chance!


Welcome Back, Terracotta: China’s Famous Terracotta Warriors Coming Back to Our Asian Art Museum February 22, 2013

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

They’re ba-aaack!

Armored General, Qin dynasty 221-206 BCE, Height 203 cm, weight 250 kg. Excavated from Pit 1, Qin Shihuang tomb complex, 1980. Reproduced with kind permission from the Qin Shihuang Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum. Serial number 002747.

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“CHINA’S TERRACOTTA WARRIORS:THE FIRST EMPEROR’S LEGACY – Asian Art Museum kicks off 10th anniversary in Civic Center with epic exhibition

SAN FRANCISCO, August 15, 2012—The Asian Art Museum kicks off its 10th anniversary in San Francisco’s Civic Center with an exhibition from one of the greatest archaeological discoveries in modern time. China’s Terracotta Warriors: The First Emperor’s Legacy will be on view February 22 – May 27, 2013.

The exhibition features 120 rare objects from the great tomb complex of China’s First Emperor (259-210 BCE), including 10 life-size terracotta figures—the maximum number of figures permitted outside China in a single exhibition.

Captivating the world since its discovery in 1974, the First Emperor’s tomb complex is one of the largest burial sites ever constructed. Estimated at nearly 250,000 square feet—or more than four American football fields—it includes a scale replica of the emperor’s imperial palace, complete with stables, offices, an armory and even a zoo. Ancient historians also described “flowing rivers” of mercury, of which trace amounts have recently been confirmed by scientists.

Perhaps most impressive are the estimated 8,000 terracotta figures excavated to date, including warriors of all ranks (all individually constructed, no two faces are alike), acrobats, musicians and horses. The tomb complex took 700,000 laborers nearly 40 years to build.

In 1994, the museum, then located in Golden Gate Park, was among the first to present the terracotta warriors to a U.S. audience. The 2013 exhibition offers a new generation of visitors the rare chance to view the clay figures up close. Visitors will also discover new secrets from the tomb, with more information than ever before on the First Emperor, his reign, and his quest for immortality.

“Celebrating 10 years in our Civic Center home calls for something extraordinary,” said Jay Xu, executive director, Asian Art Museum. “In China, history is being unearthed. Bringing a chapter of this epic story to San Francisco—with 10 life-size sculptures from one of the most significant discoveries of our time—is a great way to commemorate this occasion.”

Advance tickets go on sale October 16, 2012
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Nordstrom No-No: Foolish San Francisco Cyclist Walks Away From His Fixie Without Locking His Saddle and Headset

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

So this is what happens, somebody comes along and steals the saddle, fork and headset.


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Oh, the hubris of leaving your bike only partially secured in front of the flagship Nordstrom in Mayor Ed Lee’s San Francisco…

How to Separate Teenaged Girls From Their SmartPhones: Offer Them a Sneak Peak of “Twilight: Breaking Dawn” at the Mall

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

This was the scene last night at the Century San Francisco Centre 9 Theatres above Bloomingdales in the Great WestField Mall of SoMA. Sneak peekers of the latest horrible teen vampire/werewolf flick had to check their mobiles.

How could they stand for this, for even a couple hours?

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(Can you imagine what this box would be worth in the Mid-Market just a few blocks away on 7th Street, you know the World Capitol of Stolen Phones for Sale? A lot of cabbage, that’s for sure…)

Discounted Choco, Today Only! Will Charles Chocolates End Up Replacing Schmidt and Scharffen Berger?

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

Appears as if Charles Chocolates is putting down roots – look for their new and improved flagship store in early 2011 at the Westfield Mall on Market near Union Sqaure.

Perhaps the new construction will make up for our recently shutdown luxury/artisanal chocolate factories – you know, Joseph Schmidt Confections in the Mission and  Scharffen Berger in Berkeley?

We Can Only Hope.

Now, I’ve never tasted the Charles Chocolates, but I was tempted by today’s one-day-only deal, where you pay $25 to get a $50 credit either for use in the store or online.

(Speaking of nevers, I’ve never had an issue with any type of Living Social kind of deal, but be sure to tell me if you do, like if you end up in a That Takes the Cake Cupcakes / Groupon kind of fiasco.)


Gavin and the Chocolate Factory: Mayor Newsom Celebrates Charles Chocolates’ “Artisanal Manufacturing”

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

Artisanal manufacturing – that’s a new one on me.

All the deets, below.

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 18 — Charles Chocolates announced today that it has signed a 10 year lease with Westfield San Francisco Centre to begin building its flagship retail store and open kitchen. This agreement is the first step in creating the new home for Charles Chocolates’ iconic open kitchen in the heart of San Francisco. Construction is scheduled to begin soon with a projected opening in January 2011; the retail portion of the store opens this November. Until then, the Charles Chocolates retail store can be found on the third floor of Westfield San Francisco Centre, Under the Dome.

“We are seeing a resurgence and resilience of manufacturing businesses in the City, particularly artisanal manufacturing,” said Mayor Newsom. “Charles Chocolates not only represents the best in the art of chocolate making, but is part of a wave that is bringing manufacturing to the center of innovation and creativity that is San Francisco.”

Charles Chocolates created the country’s only completely open artisan chocolate kitchen 4 years ago in Emeryville, CA. Now they’ve taken what they’ve learned and are building an even more exciting confection production kitchen in a stunning new location on the fourth floor of Westfield San Francisco Centre, under the historic dome of the former Emporium department store. This concept is a collaboration between Chuck Siegel of Charles Chocolates, EDG Design and Lou Felthouse Architect. The real estate deal was brokered by Carol Gilbert of CGI Real Estate in San Francisco.

“We are excited to begin working on our new flagship retail store and open kitchen,” commented Chuck Siegel, founder of Charles Chocolates. “The opportunity to bring the artisan confection making process front and center, allowing everyone who visits the chance to see what goes into creating the chocolates that they are enjoying, is a thrill for all of us.”

The final project will be a combination of a confection shop and an open kitchen. The shop will include the complete selection of Charles Chocolates artisan products, handmade ice cream, house-made pastries and an espresso bar. Behind the shop will be a completely glassed in 5,000 square foot commercial confection kitchen which will allow anyone to watch how these confections are made. Upon opening the new space, Charles Chocolates’ famous factory tours will once again take you through how their confections are created.

Locating a chocolate factory in the heart of San Francisco’s downtown shopping districtwill be a unique, imaginative and delicious attraction Under the Dome of Westfield San Francisco Centre,” said Heather Almond, Westfield. “Charles’ factory tours, cafe and award winning chocolates are the perfect combination of retail, dining and entertainment offerings popular with our guests. We’re delighted to be part of a new concept in a city that thrives on fresh ideas.”

All about Chuck, after the jump


Fall 2009 Men’s Fashion Event at San Francisco Nordstrom a Huge Success

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

Well it was listed on so you just knew it was going to be fun and cheap.  And actually, it was free, it was packed, and adult drinks were included – it was like no department store I’ve seen before.

San Francisco Magazine and Nordstrom host an exclusive fall ‘09 men’s fashion event on Tuesday September 22, 2009 from 6 to 8pm. Meet Tom Julian, Nordstrom Guide to Mens’ Stylebook author and fashion insider and experience a one-of-a-kind fashion presentation from some of their favorite designers including Canali, G-Star, Hugo Boss and more. Stylists will be on hand to assist you in finding the right look for you. Enjoy cocktails, savory treats and a live DJ.”

The mall truly has it all:

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Let’s look closer at Nordstrom levels 1, 2, and 3:

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Bam! How many mens were here?

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Like 32 models up on the catwalk or something:

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Don’t miss the next event you see on funcheapSF that looks anything like this. Until then, gentlemen can find great men’s fashions at King Size Direct big and tall mens clothing.

See you there!

It’s Winnie Week in San Francisco! International Winston Churchill Conference Begins

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

Hey, you know who’ll be in town this week for the 26th International Winston Churchill Conference? How about Former Secretary of State George Shultz, Political Analyst Chris Matthews, Historian Michael Beschloss and Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas?

It’s going to be on!

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All the deets, below.

See you there!

“Mayor Gavin Newsom Proclaims Sir Winston Churchill Week and San Francisco Hosts International Churchill Centre Conference

– Former Secretary of State George Shultz, Political Analyst Chris Matthews, Historian Michael Beschloss And Supreme Court Justice Clarence ThomasAmong Keynoters; – September 9 – 12 Conference Will Focus On The Relevance Of Churchillian Policies And Principles In Today’s World.

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 8 – The Churchill Centre today announced that Mayor Gavin Newsom has designated this Sir Winston Churchill Week concurrent with the major International Churchill Conference taking place in San Francisco. The Churchill Centre chose San Francisco for this year’s conference to commemorate the 80th anniversary of Sir Winston Churchill’s visit to the city. The conference will focus on the relevance of Churchill in today’s global political theater and will be headlined by former secretary of state George Shultz, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, Presidential Historian Michael Beschloss and political commentator Chris Matthews, amongst others.

In speaking of the upcoming conference, Sir Winston’s daughter Lady Soames remarked that the subject matter could “not be more appropriate than now in the early years of the 21st Century. In the early years of the 20th Century my father faced the same issues in the Middle East, and the same economic and political issues as today.”

The Conference will be held September 9 – 12 at the Westin St. Francis.  Conference registrations or single day tickets may be purchased onsite, along with tickets for the Conference dinners. About The Churchill Centre (

THE CHURCHILL CENTRE, successor to the Winston S. Churchill Study Unit (1968) and the International Churchill Society (1971), was founded in 1995 to educate new generations on the leadership, statesmanship, vision, courage and boldness of Winston Spencer Churchill. The focus of the Centre is education; its aim is to impress Churchill’s qualities of leadership firmly on the leaders of the 21st Century. The Centre is based in Chicago and London and sponsors conferences, tours, lectures, seminars and symposia for students and teachers from grammar school to post-graduate levels. It’s London organization includes the world recognized Churchill Museum and War Rooms.