The slick, “Bluetooth Bandit“ is still out there, people.
Check out his M.O., courtesy of StarBucksVision – start at 4:00 right here.
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Call the 911 when you see him at your coffee shop.
[UPDATE: They’re back. This time they’ll be at the CalTrain station n SOMA from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM. It’s today. See?
4/30/2010 Cal Train Depot 3PM – 7PM]
You know what you need? You need some free iced lattes from Seattle’s Best Coffee. Just look for the:
“…huge, hard-to-miss “Big Red Fridge.” Visitors will be offered samples of our new canned Iced Lattes, featuring Iced Mocha, Iced Vanilla Latte [Iced iced, baby!] and traditional Iced Latte flavors.”
Thursday 4/22/10 Embarcadero Farmers Market (8:00 AM – 12:00 Noon)
Friday 4/23/10 Giants Blanket Night AT&T Park (3:00 PM – 7:00 PM)
Check it, RTD (Ready To Drink):
“The new Iced Latte’s are now available in major grocery, retail and convenient store outlets in the Western US (Arizona, California, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington) and have a suggested retail price of $1.49 for a single can and $4.99 for a four-pack.”
See you there.
And oh, Petaluma, you too. Bonus!
4/24/10 Petaluma Butter & Egg Days Parade (10am – 6pm)
4/25/10 Antique Faire in Petaluma (10am – 6pm)
Oh, you people in the Mission District have been waiting for this. Just get some ID and something that has your name and address on it showing you live in the 94110 (or somewhere close enough to give you a colorable claim of Missionite status) and then hop on your polluting moped to get over to any of the three remaining American Apparels. Then demand your 25% discount on anything in the store until March 15, 2009
Another iconic advertisement. Don’t click to expand:
Just one issue remains – what to put into the empty space at 998 Valencia? How about a Starbucks? The Mission is currently under-served by Amerikkka’s favorite purveyor of caffeinated beverages. See?
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Anyway, AA is open to suggestions. Think about it.
First, get up to speed on this issue here. The latest is this – San Francisco Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi is fully engaged on the question of whether the Nihonmachi Street Festival should be allowed to continue next year. And guess what? He’s in favor of festivals. Ross believes there’s room for accomodation and compromise on this issue. Quite a reasonable approach, actually
Ross Mirkarimi in dialogue with the Japantown community on Post Street yesterday.
It appeared the residents of 1600 Webster had full access to their parking spaces during the entire festival. We’ll have to wait and see how dirty Post Street is today.
To be continued….
The 35th Annual Nihonmachi Street Fair continues today. Look at the schedule and check it out. But you should also check out Akit’s Complaint Department, where there’s trouble a brewing. It seems that the President of the 1600 Webster Street Homeowners’ Association, David H. Zisser, has some issues.
The lively Nihonmachi Street Fair adds a little color to an otherwise dreary day. There were no signs of life at the million dollar condos at 1600 Webster on the left. Click to expand:
And since we’re here, let’s go through a bit of the letter:
…this Association (along with other members of this neighborhood) must tolerate what seems to be an endless use of Post and Webster Streets
“Members” of a neighborhood? NIMBY alert!
for a series of look-alike street fairs with the same purveyors of schlocky souvenirs,
You can find a lot of schlocky stuff at street fairs, that’s true.
mediocre food stands and exhibitors
One person’s mediocre exhibitor is another’s treasured community member, right?
There is no other neighborhood which is asked to put up with these sorts of disruptions, and that, of course, doesn’t include the disruption presented by the Fillmore Street Fair which is only one block away.
That’s the plaintive wail of the NIMBY, no doubt about it now.
The streets and sidewalks of this neighborhood are usually filthy,
Boy, this reads just like a real estate agent’s brochure, doesn’t it?
especially those that surround that appalling mall,
This appears to be a reference to Post Street’s Kintestsu Mall, which probably wasn’t the best idea to come out of the 1960’s. You can ride your bike down cycle-friendly Post Street all the time and be unaware all the activity going on up inside the mall at night. Of course, it’s kind of an old-fashioned idea to wall off all these folks from the street, as J-Town appears to be a dead area most of the time.
Indeed, the whole place could use something like a Starbucks on the street, but that’s a matter for another day.
Today’s issue is the question over why people who seem unable to handle Japantown’s rich pageant would move into a building specifically designed to have a “Japanese look” and then hate on harmless street festivals. The world wonders.
See you there!
Post Street in Japantown could use a Starbucks, or something along the lines of a Third Place environment. It might liven things up. Maybe they could put it here in this empty windblown storefront at 1600 Webster? Oh, that’s right, Starbucks got run out, out, out of the area not too long ago.
But these days, coffee shops owners are welcoming Starbucks into their nabes. How did this merchant fare when the Big S moved in next to his store?
“I didn’t suffer whatsoever. Ultimately I prospered, in no small part because of it.”
Well, O.K. then.
J-Town needs to get more foot traffic on Post Street to help ameliorate the effects of terrible choices (concrete mini-mall, etc…) made four decades ago. A Starbucks, or something like it, could be a good thing.
[UPDATE: For 2011, we have yet another logo – check it out.]
Check out the new corporate logo for Starbucks Coffee. The familiar green will give way to the retro version on the right:
Enjoy these logos for now, but this stunt is not apt to continue for long. You see, Starbucks has been in a little hot water lately and they’re trying to do whatever they can to get attention.
You memorabilia collectors should get out there and grab as many of these logo’ed products while you can. Hurry!