17 May 2023

Small Business is Thriving in Neighborhoods Under SF’s Only Socialist Supervisor

What the Chronicle termed the Downtown “doom loop” has been getting national coverage, but here’s a compelling counterpoint – three of San Francisco’s neighborhood commercial corridors: Haight-Ashbury, Hayes Valley and Japantown, all in Democratic Socialist Supervisor Dean Preston’s District 5, are actually thriving. This is not in spite of him being a socialist Supervisor, but because of the corridors’ close partnership with him.

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13 Nov 2011

Sakura: Beyond Ramen

At the end of that bustling Irving Street strip sits Sakura, a tiny little Japanese discount store run by a husband-wife duo. San Francisco has made a snob of me, I realized while initially walking past the store. I’m so over ramen (now I just make a whole can of

19 Jul 2023

The East Bay Beer Passport is Here!

Step into a world of adventure with the 2023-2024 East Bay Beer Passport! There’s no better way to explore the East Bay than to literally drink it in. Each passport contains 27 coupons to buy one beer, get a second beer FREE at 27 of the finest locally owned breweries,

Broke-Ass Stuart - Editor In Cheap 0
18 Oct 2011

Broke-Ass Band Interview: Jake Mann + the Upper Hand (Thursday @ Amnesia)

Crossbill Records has introduced me to handful of amazing musicians who now make up my most-played list on iTunes: Matt Bauer, Sea of Bees, and now I can add Jake Mann + the Upper Hand to the rotation. This Thursday, October 20, you can catch Jake Mann + the Upper

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02 Sep 2011

Your Monthly Cycle: SF Bike Party Strikes Again

Struck by bike fever like the rest of this city? You’re in luck — a veritable horde of steel stallions is coming your way this Friday.  While most folks are currently bartering in the nude in Black Rock City, a dogged band of holdouts has stayed behind in San Francisco

13 Aug 2011

Nihomachi Street Fair – August 13th and 14th

Want to avoid the concert chaos that will be occurring in Golden Gate Park this weekend? Are you like me and still can’t figure out why anyone would spend a month’s grocery budget on a concert where Phish is playing 2 sets? Do not fret there is an entirely free

Hugh Hunter - Economical Essayist 0
03 Apr 2011

Come Celebrate Japanese Culture at The 2011 Cherry Blossom Festival

As I drink my Chinese beer only one place comes to mind – Japan! With the recent occurrence of the devastating natural disaster I’m sure I’m not the only one with Japan on the brain. Come celebrate all that is Japan, San Francisco style, at the 2011 Cherry Blossom Festival.

26 Nov 2010

Sing Your Way to $500 at Japantown Karaoke Contest

The thing about karaoke is that you either love it or you hate it.  There’s really no ambivalent feelings where the art of singing cheesy ’80s songs to an audience of completer strangers is concerned.  I happen to be in the first camp of people, the camp that kind of

Christy Jovanelly - Cheapskate Commentator 0
24 Jul 2010

Good Times at the Ginza Bazaar

I often forget how much I love Japantown. It’s a completely understated neighborhood that offers amazing food, unique shopping and hidden gems that are often lost in its ‘œsomewhere in the middle’ location of San Francisco. I am grateful for any legit excuse to head that direction, and such an

Alison Lambert - Half Price Headliner 0