This is the story in her own words of a neighborhood cat on the way to the pound who brought joy into a number of households in the neighborhood — and a bit of local fame to herself.
Fillmore’s newest fashion boutique, The Kooples, is now open for business after a total remodel of the space formerly occupied by Clary Sage at 2241 Fillmore, next door to the Clay Theater. Although the Parisian brand has stores throughout Europe and is available in department stores, this is its first stand-alone store in the U.S. More are on the way.
Also now open is Jarbo, which specializes in European-influenced designs for women. Jarbo has taken over the space at 2408 Fillmore that was formerly home to Erica Tanov. They’ve also recently opened in Palo Alto and Beverly Hills.
"THE HOT RETAIL
SPOT IN SF"
According to Women’s Wear Daily, Fillmore is “the hot retail spot in San Francisco” and is being eyed by still more fashion brands. Maje and Rebecca Minkoff are among those said to be looking.
The Optical Shop of San Francisco, offering a variety of fashion-forward and utilitarian eyeglasses, opened at the end of June at 2211 Bush Street, just off Fillmore. The new shop is part of Dr. Daniel Goodman’s upstairs optometric practice, which focuses on those striving to do without glasses through laser vision corrections, cataract removals, cornea transplants and lens implants.
NEW NIGHTCLUB OPEN
IN THE JAZZ DISTRICT
A showy new nightclub featuring DJs, dancing and bottle service is now open at 1538 Fillmore, the former home of Rasellas jazz club. Origin Boutique Nightclub, owned by the founders of the Grand Nightclub south of Market, is offering weekend previews on Friday and Saturday nights from 9:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m.
SMALL ON SPACE,
BIG ON STYLE
Don’t expect to stop by Velvety Nails & Beauty Spa for a quick fix. Lu Lu, the owner of the neighborhood’s newest spa at 2183 Sutter Street — which offers manicures, pedicures, hair removal and eyelash treatments — believes that quality cannot be hurried.
In addition to a menu of nail and eye treatments, Velvety offers sugaring — a method of hair removal that’s touted as more natural than waxing, and available in only a handful of salons around the city.
Additional specialized treatments Velvety offers include eyelash perms for those who want their eyelashes to appear more pronounced, plus eyelash extensions to augment short or skimpy lashes. Tinting is also offered to make brows and lashes more prominent.
EMPTY DOLLAR STORE:
$16,500 PER MONTH
Hot chefs and would-be restaurateurs are sniffing around the space at 1633 Fillmore formerly occupied by the National Dollar Store, possibly hoping proximity to mondo popular State Bird Provisions’ star power might rub off on them. So far no one has been willing to pick up the monthly rental tab, said to be $16,500, plus extras.
“The space is very much available and we’re confident we’ll get a strong, interesting tenant shortly,” says Jeremy Blatteis of the Blatteis Co., a commercial real estate brokerage.
The price is high partly because it’s a cavernous space — 4,700 square feet on the main floor and another 4,700 feet in the basement. Plus, rents for restaurants are always stiffer, given the equipment, venting and permitting needed.
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