Style Tip: How to Hillwide Garage Sale Like a Pro

The Bernal Heights Hillwide Garage Sale last Saturday was a lot of fun, and your Bernalwood editor spent many contended hours browsing for crap bargains and chatting with neighbors.

Along the way we met a glamorous Bernalese couple doing Hillwide in classic style by pulling a little red wagon equipped with two large vats of sangria.  The sangria was given away to anybody who wanted some, while the rest of the wagon slowly filled up with all the treasures accumulated during their wanderings. Bravo, and well played!

Quantitatively, the Hillwide elves tell us that this year’s garage sale was a smashing success:

We had ANOTHER record breaking event!

149 homes officially participated (with lots of free riders).

We raised $3,810 for the Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center, which is $705 more than last year. And 2x more than the previous year.

Thanks for all your support!

PHOTO: Telstar Logistics

Neighbor Nicole Is Making Lip Balm for Locavores

Neighbor Nicole Spear lives down the block from me in Precitaville, and recently she mentioned that she’d launched her own small business to manufacture and distribute a line of handmade lip balm under the Metta Good brand.

Lip balm for locavores! Turns out, that’s a thing.

Bernalwood invited Neighbor Nicole to tell us more about her products, and she also shared news about a pop-up event happening this weekend. She says:

Metta Good is handmade, small batch, artisan lip balms inspired by love and nature.

It  began as an idea when I was at home with my newborn. I wanted to create a natural product that was not only safe for people and the planet but also looked good too. Creating a natural product married my interests of plants, design, and making things by hand.

It took me two years to launch, butI began selling products in December 2016, and now Metta Good is in six stores, including Succulence on Cortland and Perch in Glen Park.

Metta Good’s first Pop-Up Boutique Bazaar is happening at Woods Island Club on Treasure Island this weekend, Saturday and Sunday May 12-13.  I’m co-producing the event with another SF Made member Natasha Natasha Chatlein of Sheek Organics.

Pop-Up Boutique Bazaar is an opportunity to shop for  local handmade, small-batch goodies while hanging out at a beachy brewery on Treasure Island. Bring Mom and indulge her with luxe handmade bath and body products, gorgeous succulent arrangements, artisan jewelry, and candles all made by Bay Area local makers. You can also sample Treasure Island’s first brewery, Woods Island Club, located in a historic airplane hangar. There will also be tasty bites from El Porteño Empanadas and an inflatable slide for the kids.

The Pop-Up Boutique Bazaar happens at:

Woods Island Club
422 Clipper Cove Way on Treasure Island
Sat. May 13, 12-6pm
Sun. May 14, 12-5pm

All the details are on the Facebook Event page.

PHOTO: Courtesy of Metta Good

Artist Amos Goldbaum Unveils Sexy New Bernal Hill T-Shirt

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Artist Amos Goldbaum was born and raised in Bernal Heights, and he still lives here today. He’s rather well known around town for his intricate illustrations of iconic San Francisco landmarks, and his work looks great on your body or on your building. He’s also a local history geek, so his images are often inspired by historical views of our magical city.

Neighbor Amos tells Bernalwood he will unveil a new illustration on Sunday at the fabulous Fiesta on the Hill, and appropriately, it’s a sexy new image of Bernal Hill!

I have a new Bernal shirt I’ll be releasing at the Fiesta on the Hill this weekend. It’s drawn from Max Kirkeberg’s 1973 photo from Holly Park that Bernalwood posted a bit ago.

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View from Holly Park, 1973

Tangentially, while I was perusing Max’s collection I saw this 1980 shot of Army and South Van Ness, and I thought it was a nice in-between to your 1950’s to 2008 comparison a while back.

So cool. Say hello to Neighbor Amos and get one of his sexy shirts at Fiesta this weekend, or you can pick one up on the Interwebs via the remote-control magic of ecommerce.

PHOTOS: illustrations, shirt via Amos Goldbaum

Super-Excited Neighbor Creates Super-Sexy Tee to Celebrate Super-Awesome Justices

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Remember that awesome day in late June when the Supreme Court affirmed the legal status of same-sex marriage? We’re already feeling nostalgic about it.

To commemorate that magical moment, Neighbor Ashley from Bradford Street created a t-shirt that celebrates Obergefell v. Hodges:

Some friends and I just finished up a super sexy side project. We were inspired by our Supreme Court’s super-exciting decision to make marriage equality the law of the land, so we decided to make a beeautiful t-shirt to celebrate them and raise some money for a good cause.

Scotuspride.com is the website we created to sell super sexy t-shirts that say: “I’m smart AND sexy” These shirts celebrate the totally radical Supreme Court justices who voted to pass the historic 5-4 decision to extend marriage to same-sex couples across the country.

Proceeds from SCOTUS Pride will go to the Southern Poverty Law Center, an organization that works to protect the Civil Rights of all Americans. Awesomeness! Charity! Smartology! It’s all very exciting. We’ve got many styles and colors available on the website.

Tosan Is a Bernal-Based Menswear Business For Rad Dads

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Neighbor Surya and Neighbor Nick live on stylish Ellert Street here in Bernal, in a house that has also become the headquarters for their new family-friendly menswear fashion business. Neighbor Nick wrote Bernalwood to say:

Shameless email, but that’s what husbands are for.

My wife and I met working for Old Navy HQ. She was a menswear designer there for over 7 years. After the birth of our first and (currently) only child Mikio, she made the very difficult decision to leave a career she loved and dedicate her time to raising our son.

Along this journey and specifically as I tried to find my way as a father who wanted to keep his personality but also have useful things for babies she came up with the idea to start a menswear line targeted at dads. Tosan is about celebrating great gear for the adventure of fatherhood.

100% made in America, 90% made in the Bay Area, and designed and curated right on Ellert Street in our very own beloved Bernal Heights.

The brand officially launched less than six months ago and recently had the incredible fortune of being featured on the Today Show with Carson Daly as part of a segment about 6 Father’s Day gifts that dad’s actually want.

Here’s a screen grab from that glamorous Today Show segment:

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Neighbor Surya adds:

This brand really was brought to life in the few blocks surround Cortland. We have a babysitter two mornings a week. I pack my computer and supplies up and make the block and a half hike up to the village. Almost every email has been sent from Progressive Grounds or Pinhole. The guys at Progressive know my order (Beet salad, no cheese, add avocado). Aziz asks after my son and I settle into the back room. And JoEllen from Pinhole has been my biggest neighborhood cheerleader. She is so inspiring as a fellow female business owner and person in general. Her positivity is infectious!

Very cool. Check out the sexxxy Tosan collection, for that special stone-cold sexxxy daddio in your life.

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PHOTO: Top, Neighbor Nick, Neighbor Surya and Jr. Neighbor Mikio, courtesy of Tosan

Fancy Boot Workshop and Store Opens in La Lengua

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There’s a new shoemaker in the La Lengua Autonomous Zone: Beneduci Shoemakers just opened up an honest-to-goodness boot factory and store on the corner of San Jose and 30th Street.

To be sure, Beneduci’s is far more Milan than Brothers Grimm. The designs are gorgeous, owner  Frank Beneduci’s workmanship is world-class, and the prices… well, the prices are probably a bit steep for forest elves. In 2013, the San Francisco Chronicle wrote:

The grandson of an Italian-born craftsman, Beneduci, 48, went to Milan to study with master cobblers to satisfy his desire to “create something tangible.”

“My aesthetic is informed by two things,” said Beneduci, “U.S.-made boot machinery and Italian pattern-making and manufacturing techniques. Both are completely different disciplines, but I have managed to merge them into something that works.”

Beneduci shoes have a foot in both lands. The hardy boots may have American workwear leanings but are far more refined, in both design and materials, than anything you’d wear to clean a flooded basement.

Former Neighbor Renee, who just moved to Pacifica after 10 years on Nevada Street, tells us she loves her Beneducis:

I do own a pair of Beneduci boots that Frank made for me before the store opened. I love them. I’ve never owned a pair of handcrafted shoes or boots; these feel amazing. It’s not hyperbole when I say I can walk miles in them all over the city. Frank is so passionate about bringing meticulous craftsmanship to San Francisco, and he delivers it in such a down-to-earth way. The store is beautiful and welcoming—you really can go in and see all the equipment and the shoes being made. It’s a great addition to Bernal.

I’m attaching a photo of me in my boots at the end of the day.

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Beneduci Shoemakers is open Tuesday -Wednesday by appointment, Thursday – Saturday 11-7pm Closed Sunday and Monday. Here’s a video introduction:

PHOTO: Top, Beneduci Shoes via Facebook. Interior photo by Ted Weinstein. Boots by Renee.

Hard Hat Chic: Groundbreaking Begins New St. Luke’s Hospital Construction Effort

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There was a fashionable groundbreaking ceremony last Friday to mark the (long-debated) start of construction of the new California Pacific Medical Center facility on the grounds of  St. Luke’s Hospital at Cesar Chavez near Valencia — Bernal’s home-team hospital.

The San Francisco Appeal covered the event:

The new state-of-the-art hospital will be constructed adjacent to the old hospital on San Jose Avenue just south of Cesar Chavez Street, CPMC spokesman Dean Frye said.

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee attended [Friday’s] groundbreaking ceremony and dug out a symbolic shovel full of dirt. He said via Twitter that the project will provide a “new seismically safe hospital and year-round jobs for #SF residents.”

CPMC chief executive officer Warren Browner joined the mayor and members of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors to celebrate construction of the new St. Luke’s campus, which will begin in October, Frye said.

The new hospital comes after years of negotiations, including a 2012 development agreement that was shelved by members of the city’s Board of Supervisors, in part because of concerns over an escape clause that could have let CPMC close St. Luke’s hospital if its operating margin stayed negative for two straight years.

The new deal hashed out in 2013 omitted the escape clause, required that at least 30 percent of construction jobs go to San Francisco residents, and included higher contributions by the hospital group to the city for charity care.

The new St. Luke’s facility is scheduled to open in 2019, at which point the existing hospital building will be demolished. No major disruption in hospital services is anticipated along the way.

History buffs will note that St. Luke’s was also the site of the original Jose Cornelio Bernal homestead (which sat on the north side of present-day Duncan),  so it’s good to see a new chapter beginning, at last, on this hallowed patch of Bernal Heights ground.

IMAGES: Top: Mayor Ed Lee at St. Luke’s groundbreaking, via @mayoredlee. Rendering of new St. Luke’s Hospital, via CPMC. Jose Bernal house map via Burrito Justice.