Best of the Bay 2011: BEST GRAND POOBAH OF THE PAST

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A visit to the cavernous Potrero Hill digs of Big Daddy's Antiques ushers you into a wondrous, uncannily postmodern version of the past. There's definitely a little vintage-meets-steampunk aesthetic going on — Big Daddy grand poobah Shane Brown and his magic elves have collected enough old-school film lights, globes, wooden angel wings, horse-drawn buggies, large animal heads, giant pillars, and studio cameras with bellows to kit out the dreams of antique queens and cyber-fanboys alike. (Tech guys, please get your decor here.) And the large collection of Depression-era Americana like shoe shop signs and flag bunting adds to the pleasantly discombobulating Twilight Zone feel. Don't worry though; the amiable Big Daddy's staff will guide you though it all.

1550 17th St., SF. (415) 621-6800, www.bdantiques.com