A federal grand jury put an end to four females' illegal shopping spree this week after they were busted defrauding Nordstrom using bogus gift cards.According to federal prosecutors, Myra B. Minks, Tiffany T. Conley, Letitia R. Mays, and Andrea C. Mohr allegedly duped sales clerks into crediting the ... More >>
The Occupy movement is all about raising consciousness of the dark colonial underpinnings of Thanksgiving. Yesterday morning, Occupiers were up before dawn to broadcast the Indigenous People Sunrise Ceremony on Alcatraz Island at Frank Ogawa Plaza in Oakland -- to remember that the real Thanksgiv ... More >>
Bi-Rite Market's Eat Good Food by Sam Mogannam and Dabney Gough The San Francisco restaurant scene is rife with restaurant cookbooks these days, with what seems like every popular chef and restaurateur working on a collection of favorite recipes. There are so many wonderful books about local ... More >>
Introducing Ourtisan, a new website that allows members to find local higher-end brands, share their discoveries with friends and family, and then shop online. Online shopping, woohoo! Love never having to leave the house, it's the best. Ourtisan's membership is free, so there's no cost to ch ... More >>
It's still cheaper than Whole Foods ... The price of food is increasing -- and perhaps even more so for those of us who shop online. Safeway is being accused of bilking customers who buy groceries online at Safeway.com. According to a class action lawsuit filed in San Francisco last week, the gr ... More >>
Neo CocoaSince chocolate is a great gift for 99 percent of the population (and we don't trust the 1 percent who don't like it), three local confectioners have teamed up for a special holiday shopping event that could cross a lot of folks off your list in one go. Indulge in butter, almonds, an ... More >>
This Black Friday line is apparently way worse than anything Prop. 8 trial attendees are facing Supporters of same-sex marriage were dealt a blow by yesterday's Supreme Court ruling (5-4 -- get used to this...) keeping cameras out of the ongoing Proposition 8 trial. But, for San Franciscans, ther ... More >>
Foodzie.comArtisan gift box of La Cocina products from online vendor Foodzie.comGo ahead: Knock out holiday shopping for the foodies in your life. This Friday, Dec. 4 La Cocina is putting on its first-ever holiday gift fair at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts (2868 Mission at 25th ... More >>
Last week, Lauren Smiley wrote a fascinating story about a Mexican man who specifically flew to San Francisco to participate in the Black Friday buy-a-thon in the City by the Bay.Most San Franciscans probably wouldn't be thrilled with the impression of our city an out-of-towner gets if his or her ... More >>
The pilgrims prepare for the long, cold night ahead...Laptops. They were there for the $197 HP laptops. At 8:00 p.m. on Thanksgiving night, while you were likely curled up in a turkey coma, the Black Friday pilgrims had already made their annual peregrination to the Mecca of capitalism -- otherwi ... More >>
When Kathy Miner started her apparel and image consulting non-profit 14 years ago, she catered to low-income people looking for jobs. The non-profit, A Miner Miracle, provided them with free consultations on wardrobe and hair, as well as free new outfits and hairstyles. Over the years, Miner -- a fo ... More >>
S.F.'s flawed system for counting the homeless.
By Peter JamisonThe professional world offers few examples of desiccated ritual more perfect than those to be found on newsstands the Saturday after Thanksgiving, when daily papers across the country give over their front pages to the annual Black Friday story. Every year, without fail, unlucky repo ... More >>
Weekend wrap-up by Janine KahnSorry to shake you out of tryptophan-induced slothfulness, but it's Cyber Monday, kids. And that means you're supposed to blow what's left of the shopping dough you didn't honestly have last week on marginally-cheaper memory cards and online escorts or something. It's ... More >>
Most people will spend Black Friday as an exercise in masochism, crowding up those bastions of consumerism known as malls. You, on the other hand, can do your Christmas shopping in the sanity-preserving confines of a quaint art boutique. On Friday, Nov. 28, Giant Robot will be offering 20 percent ... More >>
With a new owner opening a mega-mall down the street, the future of the Metreon is uncertain. Will you miss it? Find out where you stand!
SF Weekly's guide to the holiday season in San Francisco
It's nice to think the right presents could make this a merry holiday season. Nice, but not particularly wise.
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