Faves and raves by Danielle Hupp
YEARS IN THE CITY: Eight
NEIGHBORHOOD: Duboce Park
OCCUPATION: Licensed general contractor and owner of Jill of All Trades. Her website is www.jillofalltrades.net.
SELF-DESCRIPTION: Businesswoman and single mom who delights in the many possibilities that San Francisco has to offer
FAVORITE ANTIQUE STORE
Golden Gate Antiques
WHERE: 1564 Market St., between Franklin and Gough streets
WHAT: Reasonable prices, no pressure to buy
INFO: (415) 626-3377
The owner makes you comfortable when you come in. He leaves you alone to wander around two levels as long as you like. He is always happy to answer your questions with no sales pressure.
FAVORITE MUSIC SCHOOL
Blue Bear School of Music
WHERE: Fort Mason, Building D, Room 255
WHAT: Anyone can feel at home
INFO: (415) 673-3600 or www.bluebearmusic.org
I was the oldest person in the beginning voice class, and I felt at home. Anybody can take classes there.
FAVORITE PLACE TO BUY TOOLS
Discount Builders Supply
WHERE: 1695 Mission St., between Duboce and Van Ness avenues
WHAT: Good prices, frequent sales and easy freeway access
INFO: (415) 621-8511 or www.discountbuilderssupplysf.com
Their location is near a freeway entrance to the east and south. This, I think, allows you to get back on the freeway to avoid city streets and save time. Prices are good on all major brands, and you can find them on sale often.
FAVORITE PLACE TO PEOPLE WATCH
Castro and Market streets
WHERE: Corner of Castro and Market streets, Castro district
WHAT: Everyone drops their inhibitions for a moment
You really get to see the extremes of our inner culture here in the Castro. People come from all over the world. You hear so many languages and witness so much cross cultural style. You can see that everyone drops their inhibitions and feels for a moment free to be whoever they want to be. Just fascinating.
FAVORITE NATURE SPOT
WHERE: Beach at the end of Golden Gate Park
WHAT: Listen to the waves; forget you’re in The City
I can take the train there. I can walk while listening to the music of the waves and forget that I am in The City. I also have great memories of playing at Playland.
FAVORITE PLACE TO BUY ART SUPPLIES
Flax Art & Design
WHERE: 1699 Market St., at Valencia Street
WHAT: No place beats Flax
INFO: (415) 552-2355 or www.flaxart.com
I have been purchasing for many years and no place beats Flax. You need to have the best tools and supplies to get great results. They have great sales. That’s when you stock up.
FAVORITE QUICK EATS
WHERE: 215 Church St., between Market and 15th streets
WHAT: Joyous atmosphere, good place to take visitors
INFO: (415) 552-2469 or www.chowfoodbar.com
They have a good mix of offerings of food and drinks. The atmosphere is joyous. I like taking visitors there. Just a hop, skip and jump from my house. I like supporting my neighborhood.
FAVORITE PLACE TO LEARN HOW TO WRITE A BUSINESS PLAN
Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center
WHERE: 3801 Third St, Suite 616, between Galvez Avenue and Phelps Street
WHAT: Excellent place for people who can’t afford a university
INFO: (415) 647-3728 or www.rencenter.org
They teach you how to write a business plan for a new or existing business. This is the place to go if you can’t afford to attend a university.
FAVORITE THRIFT STORE
Community Thrift Store
WHERE: 623 Valencia St., between 17th Street and Clarion Alley
WHAT: Pick a specific charity or nonprofit to receive credit
INFO: (415) 861-4910 or www.communitythriftsf.org
It’s a great place to go for a costume or suit. They seem to attract donors from all over The City.