Have you been to Maiden Lane yet? No? Well, then hail a cab and head down to this quaint little alley near Union Square where high end fashion lives. Retailers like Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, and Marc Jacobs all have cozy little stores nestled away in this posh alley. In addition, you will find the Xanadu Gallery which is housed in a space designed by the infamous Frank Loyd Wright.
Before the 1906 earthquake and fire, this little street was known for its “red light” activity. One can only imagine all the whoring, opium dens, and general crime that found it’s home in these short blocks. The fire destroyed all of the buildings and left piles or rubble, but a jeweler saw potential in the mean little alley and transformed it to its current glamour by first changing the name from Morton to Maiden, and then courting businesses that would help the little lane to compete with the Maiden Lanes in both New York City and London.
Get up, catch a cab, and go window shopping in Maiden Lane. While you are down there, you might as well stroll over to Union Square for some light shopping, and then you can end the excursion with a cup of tea in Chinatown.
Are you knitter?
Do you want to know a great place for knitting supplies in San Francisco?
Do you want to learn how to knit?
If you answered yes to any of the above questions, you need to hurry on over to ImagiKnit located in the Mission Dolores neighborhood. I visited there today, and they have two large rooms with ceiling to floor shelves full of any type of yarn and color that your heart may desire. To add to the charm, the staff is very friendly and helpful. They also have classes that will teach you beginning techniques as well as more advanced skills like making a hat.
Go for a visit, and while you are in the neighborhood try the Samovar Tea Lounge across the street. You won’t be disappointed.
It’s a sleepy Saturday morning here in the new Atlantis. The heavy fog of the night hits me in the face as I walk down the wet sidewalk. The sun hasn’t made an appearance yet, but I am ok with that. It’s a sleepy Saturday morning after all, and the sun doesn’t need to come around just yet.
Normally, I love going to Panera Bread on Saturday mornings, but since I’m in a new neighborhood now, I forced myself this morning to check out something local and within walking distance. What did I find? Cafe LeVie in Hayes Valley. It is a small, quaint coffee shop with a few tables inside, and a couple of tables outside. Basically, it is your typical coffee shop, but I like it. I like the rough hardwood floors, the garage door that can open up and bring the outside in, the art for sale on the walls, and the funky vibe that it gives off. I’m picky about my coffee shops, and this one has barely passed the test so far. The bagel was average, but the ice tea was good.
I am an introvert by nature, which means I get my energy from time alone. Early Saturday mornings are my time. I get up early and sneak out without waking anyone else up. I then walk the streets in the early morning. There are very few people up this early on Saturday, and a lot less vehicles on the road. It is my time, and I enjoy it. I walk to a nearby coffee shop, get my ice tea, and spend some time surfing the net and catching up on blogs and Facebook. Sometimes, I start looking forward to this Saturday retreat time as early as Thursday. When I go back home, I’m rested, rejuvenated, and ready to enjoy the day.