Posts Tagged ‘store’

A Sugar-Free Shocker: San Francisco’s Costco Soda Fountain Now Offers Diet Soda ONLY – A Change for the Famous $1.50 Hot Dog Deal

Monday, April 16th, 2018

Saw this the other day and I thought, oh there must be a new Pepsi.

But then it’s all “zero calories.” So you have a choice of two kinds of diet Pepsi now?

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Or maybe this is how San Francisco’s one and only Costco (Store #144 – that’s twelve to the fighting second power if you’re thinking about writing a symbolic poem) deals with Frisco’s new soda tax?

(I should add that they also have lemonade and ice tea, and that maybe those drinks have sugar, IDK. But no sugary soda is available, nosiree. This is what one might expect to see.)

Anyway, maybe this change occured a while back and I’m only noticing now – that’s very possible.

Still it’s a shocker, to me anyway.

SoMA Tableau: WHITTIER FIGHT SHOP

Tuesday, March 20th, 2018

As seen on Clementina, near our SFMOMA:

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Apparently, it’s a better-than-average fight shop, down there in Whittier, CA.

Goofy Mervyn’s Heights Location Claims Another: RIP Geary and Masonic (Sort Of) Panera Bread Chain Store – 2015 to 2018

Monday, March 19th, 2018

I just noticed that this place shut down.

I thought it was a bakery at first.

IDK anybody who actually ate something from here.

If you plopped me down at the Lucky Penny (also RIP) parking lot that’s actually at Geary and Masonic and gave me two minutes to run across traffic and around Target and through a loooooong tunnel to get to the door of E106, well I think I could make it.

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Anyway, RIP Panera.

Stingray, Presidio

Friday, March 16th, 2018

But is it Art?

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Get your own – just $399.99, which is full retail despite what some dick might tell you.

As Seen Near Mervyn’s Heights: “Angela Alioto for MAYOR – She Can’t Be Bought!” – All Right, But Who Brought All That Up?

Monday, March 5th, 2018

So, some of her opponents can be bought – is that the implication?

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IDK.*

Doesn’t seem the right slogan for her…

*Oh, it just occurred to me that she might be talking about her personal wealth and how it might keep her from being influenced too much by Area Billionaires or Entrenched Labor Union Interests, or things like that. You know, like Trump used to say / imply. But it seems he’s awfully influenced anyway as things turn out. No, I think there’s a better way to get this message across than the above from Angela.  

COMING SOON: “BiRite Cafe at Civic Center Plaza” – Mmmmm, That Sounds … Expensive? – A Million Dollar Microstore with “Bad Ass” Egg Sandwiches

Wednesday, February 28th, 2018

You know, for kids!

Check it – this sign makes things official:

The plan comes thanks to a $1 million dollar grant from the Helen Diller Family Foundation to install a family-friendly food purveyor next to the proposed new playgrounds across the park from City Hall, and is also funded with another $10 million from the Diller Foundation.”

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Man, I could list you similar upscale concepts that worked fine somewhere else only to die in, say, Union Square and, well, even Civic Center itself. In fact, opening up such an establishment would seem like “a good way to lose a million dollars.” Except if you pay the owner a million as a kind of guarantee, well, gee, that could incentivise entrepreneurs to come out of the woodwork, non?

So, just as our USDOT operates an Essential Air Service program to provide inessential flights of mostly empty aircraft, local do-gooders are helping to provide Essential McMuffin Service to Civic Center, but you know, in an upscale way.

But don’t count on Dolores Park-style ice cream availability – it’ll be soft-serve only, Brother.

You know, for kids!

Anyway, this is new on me.

Leaving you with this, from Actual Local Joe Kukura:

“Any discussion of Civic Center inevitably turns to the area’s chronic homelessness, which has only gotten worse during a phase of construction and repairs to the Civic Center BART station. The Department of Public Health and Department of Public Works have been particularly aggressive about clearing the homeless from Civic Center lately, the latest attempt in a decades-long effort to clean up the area best known for the terrifying final scene from the 1978 Invasion of the Body Snatchers that has only gotten scarier and scarier since then.”

Trouble with the Two Traffic Signals Paid for by City Center Mall on Masonic – One at Ewing Terrace, the Other at Anza / O’Farrell

Monday, December 18th, 2017

Here’s Ewing Terrace. It didn’t use to have a signal. Now it has a Target [See Comments] City Center Mall-paid-for signal, actuated by a car sensor pad on Ewing and also any of the four pedestrian button actuators, and as seen here, for no reason at all. How many person-years have been lost already due to MUNI buses stopping for no reason? No one can say:

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Now let’s travel north to O’Farrell, where Cars Go First, to the surprise of peds, with a special Target-Approved green arrow what allows easy left or U turns for southbound drivers to get to Target. And what’s this – you can see a Lexus LS sedan blocking the fast lane of southbound Masonic the better to get to Target quicker:

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And here’s your awkward u-turn, over the double yellow and straight into the Lower Lot:

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Is this illegal? Should it be? IDK.

Anyway, this is what happens when you let Target City Center Mall  / KLA Geary LLC pay a half-million dollars and then give input into decisions formerly exclusively made by traffic engineers, oh well.

Day Laborers, Thanksgiving Week 2017, Western Addition Paint Store, Full-Employment Economy – Compare with 2008

Tuesday, December 12th, 2017

IDK, about five people hanging about:

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Compare with 2008, decidedly not a full employment situation, on a similar day except nine years earlier – and this wasn’t everybody:

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Back then, there was a lot of talk about regulation, like designating specific places to hang out, like in Berkeley near 4th or in Frisco on Army / Cesar Chavez.

You don’t hear that talk these days, for whatever reason…

The State of AMERICAN APPAREL in 2017 Frisco: NOTICE OF VIOLATION AND ABATEMENT ORDER

Monday, December 4th, 2017

As seen in the Upper Haight:

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This outfit used to be a gentrifier, not that long ago:

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Oh, You Know, Just Hanging Out on the Roof of a 7-11 on Frisco’s Hottest Day (<=106 F) in Recorded History

Friday, September 29th, 2017

You know, making some calls, as people do:

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