Wednesday, August 16, 2017

NEW DOOR, OLD WINDOWS



The outside of The Baldwin, a run-down apartment building at 1036 Polk currently being remodeled into upscale units.




Copyright © by Chris Enquist 8/16/17

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Friday, August 4, 2017

BRUNCH OF THRONES




Friends with Benedict, a breakfast-brunch pop-up in my neighborhood happening at Myconos Greek Restaurant at 1431 Polk Street, 





is offering a weekly Game of Thrones-themed brunch from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. while season 7 plays out on HBO.



Copyright © by Chris Enquist 8/4/17

Monday, July 24, 2017

NEIGHBORHOOD OPENINGS 2017 (#8 in a series) – MILLER'S REST



Miller's Rest, a neighborhood tavern, has opened at 1085 Sutter Street at the corner of Larkin.


Copyright © by Chris Enquist 7/24/17

Monday, July 17, 2017

NEIGHBORHOOD MURALS 2017– DEATH'S HEAD SPIDER, HEMLOCK ALLEY





This new mural recently appeared on the side of the Hemlock Tavern located at 1131 Polk Street. It's visible in Hemlock Alley.



Copyright © by Chris Enquist 7/17/17

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

CALL FOR ARTISTS – DONUT-THEMED ART SHOW


Local neighbohood businesses Blick Art Materials on Van Ness and Bob's Donut Shop on Polk are sponsoring a donut-themed art show.





Regarding the voting, I spoke with a Blick employee who said the voting would be done by the employees of Blick's Art Materials and Bob's Donut Shop.

The last day for entries is June 30th. 



Copyright © by Chris Enquist 6/21/17

Saturday, June 17, 2017

NEIGHBORHOOD OPENINGS 2017 (#6 in a series) – EDWARD JONES



Eward Jones opened an office recently at 1628-A California Street, another sign of an affluent neighborhood.


Copyright © by Chris Enquist 6/17/17

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

UPCOMING LOCAL EVENTS – TENDER LOVIN' IN THE TL






This is poetry and charity event is happening this Thursday, June 15, at Fleet Wood at 839 Larkin from 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.



Copyright © by Chris Enquist 6/13/17

Saturday, June 10, 2017

SHAMELESS PLUG


This is Apo W. Bazidi.


(Unknown photographer)

I know him mainly as the brother of the owner of a restaurant/bar I frequent who sometimes serves me drinks.

What I didn't know is that he is also a filmmaker whose movie 'Resistance Is Life' was an offiicial selection of SF DocFest, among others.





Subtitled, “How Could We Live Without a Homeland” , it tells the story of Evlin, “an 8-year old girl who escaped with her family from their village in Kobane, Syria in September 2014” fleeing from ISIS.

It screens at the Roxie Theater this Sunday, June 11 at 9:30 p.m. And again on Monday, June 12 at 7:15 p.m.



Copyright © by Chris Enquist 6/10/17

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

VAN NESS MAKEOVER


All of Van Ness Avenue is currently torn up for the construction of a light-rail transit line that will run down the median strip.




While the traffic delays caused during all this construction are hard to deal with, it does allow for a more unobstructed view




of the Zio Ziegler mural adorning the southern wall of the Calista Hotel.
 


Copyright © by Chris Enquist 6/6/17

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

NEIGHBORHOOD MURALS 2017– BE-RIBBONED WOMAN AND FRENCH BULLDOG (UNTITLED)





This mural by Serge Gay, Jr. has just been painted in Fern Alley on the outside wall of the Lush Lounge.


Copyright © by Chris Enquist 5/31/17

Thursday, May 25, 2017

NEIGHBORHOOD CLOSINGS 2017 – BIZNESS APPS (#6 in a series)







Bizness Apps has closed their office located at 1635 California Street. They still have a website, though, so I'm guessing that means the company itself is still in business.


Copyright © by Chris Enquist 5/25/17

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

NEIGHBORHOOD MURALS 2017– SF 49ERS








Located on the side of UN Market at 900 Post Street, I like this mural. It's heartfelt and sincere.


Copyright © by Chris Enquist 5/23/17

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Thursday, May 11, 2017

NEIGHBORHOOD CLOSINGS 2017 – LUISA'S PIZZERIA (#4 in a series)





also known as Luisa's Pizza & Pasta, and in business since 1959, has closed.


Copyright © by Chris Enquist 5/11/17

Thursday, May 4, 2017

NEIGHBORHOOD OPENINGS 2017 (#5 in a series) – NOURISH CAFE




Nourish Cafe is expanding and has opened a branch of their Inner Richmond cafe at 1030 Hyde Street.

Copyright © by Chris Enquist 5/4/17

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

NEIGHBORHOOD RE-LOCATIONS


The Plant Warehouse has moved from their longtime 1624 California Street location to right across Polk to 1546 California Street.









There's no outside sign announcing what the business is at the moment, but the Plant Warehouse remains easy to find by the ever-present profusion of plants and bench outside the store during business hours.





Copyright © by Chris Enquist 5/2/17

Saturday, April 29, 2017

WHERE THE MILLIONAIRES LIVE


Awhile back someone asked me where I lived. I told him mid-Polk. 'Huh,' he replied. 'Where the millionaires live.'

I knew instantly what he meant.

While most of Polk Street looks like it did ten years ago





now half-million dollars-and-up condominiums are scattered throughout the are, like the Marlow






or the just-finished 1601 Larkin






the soon-to-be completed Austin 





and many others.

Another sign this is now a higher-income neighborhood are the ever-present police cars








patrolling up and down Polk and the surrounding neighborhood streets in greater numbers and frequency than five years ago.




Still, there aren't that many pricey bars, restaurants and clothing stores along Polk Street – at least not yet.


Copyright © by Chris Enquist 4/29/17

Monday, April 24, 2017

NEIGHBORHOOD RE-LOCATIONS – CORE 40


CORE40, a fitness studio, has temporarily vacated its 1390 Larkin Street location while the building undergoes seismic retrofitting




and has temporarily re-located







to 1460 Pine Street, a half-block from Polk.


Copyright © by Chris Enquist 4/24/17

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

NEIGHBORHOOD (RE) OPENINGS 2017 (#4 in a series) – CREPE HOUSE, DELIGHTFUL FOOT MASSAGE


Longtime neighborhood favorite, The Crepe House, after being closed since February 3 for earthquake retrofitting


has re-opened, as has Delightful Foot Massage next door.




Copyright © by Chris Enquist 4/18/17

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

UPCOMING LOCAL EVENT – TROPICÁLIA DANCE NIGHT





Tonight at Edinburh Castle at 950 Geary, betwen Larkin and Polk, 9:00 p.m.


Copyright © by Chris Enquist 4/12/17