Chris Jasmin

Careers & Ed: Pedalheads

Broakland Bikes bomb the Bay
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For many of us, reminiscing to the warm spring days of childhood can be a tour adorned with dreamy bike rides through old neighborhoods or feverish races in back lot trails. But at some point, sadly, those plywood jumps crumbled, the mudholes dried up, our skinned knees healed, and ultimately, we bought cars and began our lifelong battles for parking. Well, at least some of us did. Read more »

In the spirit

The Guardian's guide to holiday giving
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Beyond the lingering lines of the Westfield San Francisco Centre and past the furiously paced gift wrappers of Stonestown Galleria, like a lost menorah in a holiday haystack, there lies the oft-forgotten meaning of all of this mistletoe madness: the act of giving. The Guardian knows that decades of doling out dollars for obligatory gifts can make even the most blissful person feel like Scrooge. Read more »

Small Business Awards 2007: Solar-Powered Business Award

Oceanworks
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Going to a mechanic can be like paying a visit to a dentist. Sometimes it feels like they've done more harm to your grill than good. Needless to say, it can be a chore to find a good one. Bless your stars and garters that the steady-handed masters at Berkeley's Oceanworks, which specializes in repairing Japanese cars, are the preeminent green and reliable mechanics around.

Since the current incarnation of the shop opened in 1991, it has developed a reputation for being affordable, trustworthy, environmentally thoughtful, and, most of all, competent. Read more »

Crime-free creativity

After-school program teaches the art of graffiti
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A couple dozen of San Francisco's best young graffiti artists, many dressed in black hooded sweatshirts and baseball hats, huddle around long tables littered with markers, blank books, pens, and stickers. The artists crowded around the white paper–draped tables do a little talking and joking, but mainly they're drawing and writing, some at a fever pitch. Bright colors and stylish lettering abound. There is a sense of concentrated creativity in this large studio space — something rare in classrooms these days. Read more »

Superlist No. 830: Empower lunches

Eat fast, cheap, and virtuously under downtown skyscrapers
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With the fast-paced hustle and bustle of the Financial District's lunch hour and the high cost of eating responsibly, it's difficult to find an MSG-free meal that won't run you the whole organic farm. Not to worry, my health-conscious, busy urban comrades: no longer must you run around like a free-range chicken to eat a reasonably priced and responsible lunch. You're about to get the skinny on where to find a healthy and organic lunch downtown ... cheap. Don't say we never taught you anything.

The Boxed Foods Co. (245 Kearny, SF. Read more »