A line snakes down Fell Street on a Friday evening in front of the Rickshaw Stop, where Meleksah Jurgenson cradles a large camera and surveys the over- and underdressed revelers in Hayes Valley. A man in bright sneakers and slouchy jeans calls her over: "Dude, Meleksah! You gotta take a photo of this!" He gleefully points to a poor shlub on the curb resting a weary head on his knees. The guy's been there, immobile, for at least 20 minutes.
When it comes to holiday shopping, some people are planners. These are the types who keep an eye out for potential gifts all year long, who spend long, leisurely hours trekking through shopping districts and browsing through stores for that perfect gift in June. But most of us are the other type of shopper: the oh-my-god-it's-almost-Christmas, I-only-have-two-days-to-get-everything, it's-too-late-to-order-online kind. For these people (you know, the rest of us), we've compiled this neighborhood-by-neighborhood guide to holiday shopping. Read more »
What better way to start your day than a trip to the farmers market the ripe colors, local flavors, and fantastic people-watching give new meaning to dish. Operated by the Center for Urban Education About Sustainable Agriculture, the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market showcases overflowing stalls full of fresh regional produce every Tuesday and Saturday at the eminently cool Ferry Building off the Embarcadero. It's a veritable Bay Area Eden. Read more »