Posts Tagged ‘westfield’

The Lighted Christmas Snowflakes of the Corrupt Twitterloin: Bringing Holiday Cheer to Stolen iPhone Sellers

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

I’ll tell you, the lighted Christmas snowflakes of Market Street used to stop just past Fifth Street, because, you know, who cares about Mid Market?

Well, these days, the lighted Christmas snowflakes of Market Street make it all the way to 7th Street, AFAICS.

See?

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Hurray!

The Night the Lights Went Out on Market – Christmas Cheer Goes Dark in the Mid-Market Twitterloin

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

Here’s how things looked last night on Market Street, with all the streetlights and giant snowflakes turned off for some reason.

Oh, baby, that’s dark:

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Could it have something to do with the jury-rigged, frat-house-style wiring our City Family uses?

I know not.

When, oh when, will our Path of Gold glitter once again?

Mr. Gary Oldman Graces San Francisco for “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy” – British Consulate’s Sneak Peek – “Cool Britannia”

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

Well here it is:

“The British Consul General, Ms Priya Guha, requests the pleasure of your company at a reception prior to a screening of “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” November 16, 6:00-7:15pm”

O.K. then. And that’s not at all a typical kind of thing for San Francisco’s consular community, really, but our British Consulate-General is out there in the Bay Area promoting the heck out of Britain. (Cool Britannia they used to call it.) And actually that’s not a hard job when you have Kate Middleton’s Royal Wedding this year (and her recent California visit, dropping by just to say “hi”) and the upcoming 2012 Summer Olympics and whathaveyou.

Add to that list the start of a movie series that could rival James Bond and Harry Potter, who knows. It’s Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (that’s a nice trailer, huh?) featuring Mr. Gary Oldman (H.P.’s godfather!) and, already, it has an obscenely-high 97% positive rating at Rotten Tomatoes. Check it:

“Based on the classic novel of the same name, the international thriller is set at the height of the Cold War years of the mid-20th Century. George Smiley (Gary Oldman), a disgraced British spy, is rehired in secret by his government – which fears that the British Secret Intelligence Service, a.k.a. MI-6, has been compromised by a double agent working for the Soviets.”

So last night, San Francisco’s first female British Consul General, Ms. Priya Guha, introduced this film at the Century 9 in Westfield’s San Francisco Centre. She pointed out that Britain is quite big in the movie biz, having over 100 film studios and 2500 post-production companies.

And then it was on with the show.

And then, who popped up as the curtain dropped but Gary Oldman and Director Tomas Alfredson. (Or so I’m told.) This very same crew was up in San Rafael two days ago and who knows where they’ll be tonight:

“OH MY GOD, Gary Oldman is coming to the Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy screening tonight?!!” 

Anway, I don’t have a shot for you, so:

INSERT PHOTO OF MSSRS. OLDMAN AND ALFREDSON WITH CONSUL GENERAL HERE

But I do have shots from last night of people who may or may not have wanted their photos taken, so I’ll leave them caption-free. (I’ll note that CBS Channel 5 was def. in the house with famous Liam Mayclem and Beth Spotswood (she’s earned a page on Wiki now? Wow) on hand.)

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So, Enter the Circus yourself, why not, starting December 9th, 2011.

See you there!

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.)

Enjoy.

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

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Free Truffles Tomorrow at All Godiva Chocolatier Boutiques! OMG OMG OMG!

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

Brace yourselves – it’s Truffle Month at Godiva. That means that tomorrow, November 19th, 2009, they’re giving away truffles starting at 5:00 PM at malls everywhere.

Of course, it’s just one per person, while supplies last, yadayadayada. San Francisco (and Emeryville) locales are listed below – find any boutique in the U.S. right here.    

Check it. Speaking of OMG, note the golden ”GOD Chocolat” part of the ad. Does Godiva know what they did there? Hell to the yes they know what they did there. Why they made the ad that way shall remain a mystery:

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Now, they might try to slip you a truffle with sea salt on it, but all you have to say is, “Sea salt belongs in the ocean, not on my truffle. Give me a different one.” There you go.

To conclude, OMG, OMG, OMG - free truffles!

Chocolixir Drink
Baked Goods
Hand-dipped Products
GODIVA BOUTIQUE
Westfield San Francisco Center
865 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
PHONE: 415 543-8910
Street Map
 
Chocolixir Drink
Baked Goods
Hand-dipped Products
GODIVA BOUTIQUE
Embarcadero Center
Two Embarcadero Center
San Francisco, CA 94111
PHONE: 415 397-7878
Street Map
 
Chocolixir Drink
Baked Goods
Hand-dipped Products
GODIVA BOUTIQUE
Stonestown Galleria
3251 Twentieth Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94132
PHONE: 415 566-5058
Street Map
 
Chocolixir Drink
Baked Goods
Hand-dipped Products
GODIVA BOUTIQUE
Bay Street Emeryville Mall
5645 Bay Street
Emeryville, CA 94608
PHONE: 510 595-0185
Street Map

Verily, the mall has it all. See you there!

Sky Terrace – One of San Francisco’s Privately Owned Public Open Spaces

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

Here’s something you haven’t done but you should do: Visit the Sky Terrace atop the Westfield Mall on Market Street. It’s a Privately Owned Public Open Space, so the Man has to let you up there whether he likes it or not.

Hey, why not visit all the POPOS in San Francisco by using this well-researched guide from the people at SPUR and this handy map from the San Francisco Chronicle’s John King and Marcus Chan?

Here it is, featuring the Emporium Dome. Click to expand:

You’re up fairly high and you get an unusual view of the City:

If you look the right direction, you can forget the past 80 or so years of development. Here you can see UC Hastings College of Law and the highest dome in the Western Hemisphere, San Francisco City Hall:

But is this rooftop retreat hard to find? Not really. If you’re out on the street, just go into 835 Market (right next to the Bong Building), tell the security guard you want to go up to the Sky Terrace, and then you’re up there in no time. If you get hassled, keep yelling, “I knows my rights!” Repeatedly. That ought to do the trick.

Will you want to go back? Maybe, maybe not. A lot of these POPOS places aren’t what you call “destinations” – they’re just places to hang out if you’re around.

Anyway, check it out.

“The new Sky Terrace is the perfect setting for an exclusive and urban rooftop experience. It has a private entrance and overlooks the gorgeous dome and cityscape.

It’s perfect for a VIP lounge, wedding ceremony, film location, reception or intimate dinner.  Combining the Sky Terrace with Under the Dome creates an event that flows in surprising directions.

Up to 300 guests for a cocktail reception, 175 for a sit-down dinner. 3,000+ square feet. Up to 2,500+ guests when spaces are combined.”

See you there!