We had a great turn out and enthusiasm for our very first neighborhood happy hour. 15 minutes before the happy hour kicked off, there was already a group of folks waiting outside hoping to snag a Ice Cream Bar gift card (who had to say the pass code: SUNSET TUNNEL in order to redeem the freebie). Once the happy hour got rolling there was a lot of neighborly love, margarita drinking, taffy chewing, and schmoozing. Neighborhood celebrities, Greg Dewar (@njudah) and Rick from @colehardware, even managed to stop by! It was such a great time!
The happy hour couldn't have been possible without the huge support from Padrecito, Cole Hardware, The Fizzary, The Ice Cream Bar, and of course all those neighbors that came out to have it a great event. Thank you!!
We at ColeValleySF hope to host another happy hour or neighborhood event sometime soon. If you have ideas about how to bring the neighborhood together, feel free to contact us or comment below.
There's another antique shop coming to Cole Valley, Past Perfect. While some might have passed by their large space (over 7,000 sq. ft) in the Marina, Past Perfect is expanding to the former Cole Valley Cardio studio at 854 Stanyan. There's no timeframe on when they might be opening but just looking at their new storefront gives us the impression that they are opening soon!
Thanks to SF Racked for finding the info!
Hey neighbors and friends,
We are having our very first Happy Hour event this Spring at Padrecito to celebrate our amazing Cole Valley community! It will be a great opportunity to mingle with your fellow Cole Valley neighbors, some of our local business owners, and us, the ColeValleySF team; all while sipping a $5 Margarita. (yay for happy hour prices at Padrecito from 5:30pm-6:30pm). There also may or may not be some awesome local giveaways and grub..
Where: Padrecito, 901 Cole St. (at Carl St.)
When: April 8th 2014 5:30pm - 7pm
Follow us on Twitter (@colevalleysf) to keep updated on our Happy Hour event.
We can't wait to see you there!
- ColeValleySF Team
COLEVALLEYSF Spotlight: Pieces by Violet
We have a new business in our quaint little neighborhood: Pieces by Violet, a antique furniture rental business. In order to get the inside scoop of our new addition, I was able to speak with Kate, the owner, to learn a bit more about how Pieces by Violet started.
While her and her husband are originally from England, they settled in Cole Valley several years ago after her husband was offered a position as a software developer. Since their immigration visa only permitted her husband, Simon, to work, Kate started to pour her creative energies into turning their empty Cole Valley apartment into a home. "I started to collect a mix of vintage furniture, most of which required some TLC. I learned how to restore the pieces, and brought them back to their original beauty. Over time I grew a huge passion for the work.."
After using some of the vintage pieces she restored for their wedding in 2012, and getting very positive feedback she received about the pieces, Kate thought, "maybe this is something I could do professionally." Once she got her green card in 2013, she knew creating her own business was now possible. However, rather than simply selling vintage pieces, it seemed a more exciting opportunity to rent the pieces to events, complete with a delivery and staging service. She called the newly formed company 'Pieces by Violet', after her Grandmother, Violet. In early November 2013, Pieces by Violet finally launched and received a great response.
"Over the last few months I have put my heart and soul into building up a rental inventory for the business. I have scoured antique fairs, flea markets, and even Craigslist on the search for the perfect pieces for the collection. Also, the website has been a huge focus, both in terms of design and implementation. My aim has been to ensure that every aspect of the business looks professional and very design-led."
Now, I bet you're asking the question, "what services does Pieces by Violet offer?" Well, Kate has provided us with a great list:
This storefront on Stanyan near Frederick has had a rough go of it. From a nail and tanning salon to a fitness studio, what will be next? Anyone have any guesses or better yet - what do you want to come to our neighborhood??
The 11th Annual Cole Valley Street Fair will be on Sunday, Sept 29th. We are very excited to celebrate our incredible neighborhood community. This year's fair is sponsored by MIDLINE Studios, Recology, Cole Hardware, UCSF, Padrecito, and others. It will showcase various local vendors and musicians.
Here's a list of some of the booths and entertainment you'll see at this year's fair:
- Urban Bazaar
- Made In The Haight
- Chabad of Cole Valley
- Friends of Sharon Art Studio
- La Boulange de Cole
- an obstacle course by MIDLINE
- Buki the Clown
- a jumpy house
- music by: The Fly Right Sisters, Great Highway, and more!
For the complete list check out MIDLINE's site.
We're assuming Claudio was a bit mistaken with the dates, considering Thursday is the 5th and Friday is the 6th.