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Best of the Bay 2013: BEST READING REVIVAL

After a 25-year stint on 16th Street in the now-teeming Valencia Corridor, and years of rumors of impending closure, a steep rent increase nearly caused literary, cultural, and artistic hub Adobe Books...

Best of the Bay 2013: BEST 78s OFF HAIGHT

"I've had it with these cheap sons of bitches who claim they love poetry but never buy a book," SF literary legend Kenneth Rexroth once supposedly said. Many share his sentiment when...

Best of the Bay 2013: BEST FRESH FLOWERS

All over the news last year: Medical marijuana dispensaries in San Francisco and other cities were being shut down by a spasm of overzealous and anachronistic enforcement by the federal government (see...

Best of the Bay 2013: BEST TIP-TOP SPIFF UPS

It has been remarked that West Portal is quite the happy village in the middle of this teeming city. We concur. Tucked into the side of a hill topped by a Twin...

Best of the Bay 2013: BEST JUNK BONDS

Inside the massive American Steel building, a relic of Oakland's industrial past repurposed and managed mostly for the Burning Man art world, there's a beautifully intricate two-story Western saloon made from...

Best of the Bay 2013: BEST SF TO A TEE

Local artist Amos Goldbaum hand-draws and hand-prints some of the most recognizable, SF-centric t-shirts (and hoodies, tanks, and baby onesies) available on the streets — literally, on the streets, since he ...

Best of the Bay 2013: BEST HAVEN FOR HEARTS OF GLASS

Bolivian-born David Forte's SoMa workshop has one mission: to light up your life, and colorfully at that. Opened in 1971, Forte's San Francisco Stained Glass Works is the place to go for those...

Best of the Bay 2013: BEST CULINARY GEPETTO

Powerful chrome and polished enamel parts, operated by hand, executing a series of swift cuts and swooping motions. Classic design masterfully crafted, all building to — gasp! — the perfect slice of...

Best of the Bay 2013: BEST DREAMY DRESSMAKER

Wiggle your bike down to this sweet little corner shop near Duboce Park for lessons in fine and lovely things. Aline's Closet is the three-year-old queendom of a one Aline Dazogbo, a seamstress ...

Best of the Bay 2013: BEST RING-A-DING STYLE

When Cable Car Clothiers — venerable haberdasher to dashing gents since 1946 — announced it was vacating its Sansome and Bush location in 2012, our hearts sank. Was this incredible emporium of...

Best of the Bay 2013: BEST RIFFS KEPT REAL

If you're looking for a vintage instrument with a personal touch, Panhandle Guitar hits all the right chords. Rock fiends will swoon for the intimate, nicely overstuffed shop's collection of prime and shiny vintage...

Best of the Bay 2013: BEST WAY TO THROW SHADE (LAMP EDITION)

And then there are times when you just need a retreat from harsh illumination. Perhaps the fluorescent bars at the office seared your retinas too deeply today, or maybe you wish...

Best of the Bay 2013: BEST WAY TO THROW SHADE (WINDOW EDITION)

You don't care if they work from home or not — the neighbors are taking too much pleasure from your lax approach to towels on the post-shower strut from the bathroom, and...

Best of the Bay 2013: BEST GIVING FACE, FLAWLESSLY

You could find no better brand rep than Swagger Cosmetics' Blake Karamazov. The tiny club kid (who came to us a few years ago fresh from the female drag-friendly land of Seattle)...

Best of the Bay 2013: BEST REPAIR GRAND CENTRAL

Should you need a custom cabinet, a staircase rehab, perhaps a new cupola on your clock tower, you can turn to Clipper Construction's Mathieu Palmer. But 501 Waller, the storefront Palmer owned...

Best of the Bay 2013: BEST HORROR HOUND DECOR

To some, a house full of Alex Pardee visual art would reap naught but disturbed sleep and missed meals. A living dream catcher made of exposed sinew and dripping eyeballs dangling from...

Best of the Bay 2013: BEST SOLO STARTUPS

You know how it goes: surfing the www.aves of one's sleek laptop, a stray image distracts. Suddenly, you're no longer typing that return email — your mind has fixed on a different ...

Best of the Bay 2013: BEST ROUNDABOUT OF FOUND GEMS

A compellingly curated combination of artwork by some of San Francisco's eye-catching countercultural artists — with noteworthy post-industrial tinge courtesy of the Burning Man diaspora — and intriguing flea market finds...

Best of the Bay 2013: BEST BOOKS FOR THE BROKE

These are the facts: Reading is cool, books are rad, free books are even radder, and the best combo of all of these is the Bay Area Free Book Exchange. At any given...

Best of the Bay 2013: BEST BLADE RUNNER

It is a satisfying, luxurious — if fundamental — satisfaction, settling in to make dinner with a hiss-sharp passel of well-honed knives. Fans of cutting-edge pleasures will want to slip into Nob...

Best of the Bay 2013: BEST CLAWS CARTEL

We bow down to the business acumen and sharp eye for trends possessed by Floss Gloss duo Aretha Sack and Janine Lee. These two California College of the Arts grads eschewed inward-looking artistic...

Best of the Bay 2013: BEST COMMUNITY BOARDS

While there can be no debate that surf shops, in general, are selling a lifestyle, few are hawking a way of living as healthy as Mill Valley's beloved Proof Lab. Need proof?...

Best of the Bay 2013: BEST ONE-STOP SCOTCH SHOP

Like a sweater for your insides, the names warm your gray matter: Broichladdich, Glayva, Mackillop's, Benriach, Balvenie, Glenmorangie. Standing in the sweetly crammed back bottle room of downtown's Whisky Shop can...

Best of the Bay 2013: BEST FLORAL HUNTRESS

Her eyes scanning the abandoned lots and hillsides of the Stinson area and East Bay, Louesa Roebuck of Louesa Roebuck Flora isn't afraid to snoop, sneak, or hustle in the name of foraging for...