A year after it went dark, Yoshi's jazz club and restaurant at 1330 Fillmore is still looking for new life.
Finally city officials have announced they are looking for interested buyers — and for local citizens to help choose among the ideas proposed. More information and applications are here.
FILLMORE IS LOSING
SOME OF ITS SOLE
The waves of change keep coming on Fillmore. Now it’s all makeup and clothing.
Both Paolo Shoes and Gimme Shoes packed up their wares early in the new year, after many years on the street. A second Paolo store on Hayes is for sale, but Gimme still has both its Hayes Street shops.
TWO SPOTS GET
A FRESHENING UP
There’s a sassy new look at Benefit Cosmetics, at 2117 Fillmore, all pink and fun and girly.
And Ten-Ichi, the venerable Japanese restaurant and sushi bar at 2235 Fillmore, has also had a makeover.
A pleasant surprise greets customers entering The Postal Chase, the mailing and packaging store at 3053 Fillmore: Longtime Fillmore denizen Kevin Wolohan, formerly of Jet Mail, now works there.
And mechanics Douglas Fredell and Chelse Batti, formerly of Shell Auto Repair on California Street, are now at All American Automotive at 846 Harrison Street.
A LONGER COMMUTE
FOR SKIN CARE
After 17 years upstairs at 1756 Fillmore, Lisa Bradbury Skin & Body Care vacated when its lease was up — and the rent went way up.
Bradbury, a local resident, was one of the first of the many skin care spas now on the street. She has relocated, at least temporarily, to 2358 Pine, above the Pacific Heights Health Club. But she’s also doubled her commute — from one block to two.
Known for its denim offerings, Paige is now open at 2237 Fillmore in the space formerly occupied by the women’s clothing boutique Limu.
Although the Paige brand is available in many department stores, the Fillmore boutique will be only its sixth freestanding store; there are two in Los Angeles and three in New York.
A few blocks south is another new boutique, Luxe, offering glam and glitzy fashions and accessories. It’s just off Fillmore at 2291 Pine in the space that for 20 years housed an art gallery.
Amour Vert has popped up again, this time at 1905 Fillmore — the brand’s third time popping up on Fillmore — while the Japanese fashion line 45R gets its permits in order.
At 2047 Fillmore, the longtime home of Vitamin Express, look for Frye Boots to open a new shop offering both its signature footwear and a line of clothing for men and women.
GAP'S NEW LINE
Among the other fashion stores with eyes on Fillmore is Intermix, a group of 42 boutiques acquired by Gap Inc. in 2012.
Intermix describes itself as “a multi-brand women’s fashion retailer” that favors locations on neighborhood streets — such as 2223 Fillmore, now the home of Brooks Brothers’ Black Fleece, which Intermix hopes to replace next year.
Intermix claims it is exempt from chain store limits because Black Fleece is owned by Brooks Brothers.
COMING OUR WAY
If it’s not fashion, it’s cosmetics. A new company, Space NK, plans to bring its curated selection of beauty and wellness products from around the world to 2000 Fillmore, currently home of Paolo Shoes.
At 1820 Fillmore, EZ Brow and Beauty will soon be offering facials, waxing and threading.
A GREEN LIGHT
FOR BLUE BOTTLE
The city Planning Commission has given its approval to ambitious plans by Blue Bottle Coffee to combine the two spaces at Fillmore & Jackson — formerly occupied by Tully’s Coffee and Juicy News — into a single space. Construction began, but now plans for a Blue Bottle-Tartine merger are off.
PAINT 'N' SIP
The Planning Commission has given the go-ahead to Pinot’s Palette, which bills itself as “America’s fastest-growing franchise,” at 1981 Sutter, formerly a deli and grocery.
At its 130 existing or planned locations around the country, customers come together for an evening to create a painting while they drink wine.