by MARGARET JEN
Escape to the Bay Area and get in on some retail therapy and more.
There is no quicker cure for a case of island fever than a swift change in scenery. A getaway weekend is what the doctor ordered, and a 48-hour Bay Area breather is just the prescription. San Francisco’s rich history of Gold Rush glory turned beatnik bohemia turn tech-titan capital lays the foundation for the its familiar and celebrated eclectic heritage that draws millions of visitors each year. Immerse in a metropolis that is as distinct as it is gracious, the city is home to a diverse mix of art, fashion, architecture and an inventive foodie culture-and how can we not mention, a recently crowned World Series champion? Take a stroll down Fillmore in the tony neighborhood of Pacific Heights to sate a shopping itch, or explore the hipster vibe of the Mission district in search of your next great epicurean adventure-whatever you fancy, the City by the Bay is at your fingertips and just a short flight away.
Jonathan Adler Set in the chic Fillmore Street retail district, the iconic designer’s shop houses a collection of sophisticated ’70s country club kitsch-think whimsical pottery, cheeky needlepoint, chinoiserie and punchy colored lacquer. 2133 Fillmore St., (415) 563-9500, www.jonathanadler.com
Asmbly Hall Another Fillmore Street gem, this preppy-chic boutique has apparel for both ladies and gents. In addition to being a hip, clothing haunt, proprietors Ron and Tricia Benitez also feature a different local artist each season, and artwork available for purchase is displayed throughout their store. 1850 Fillmore St., (415) 567-5953, www.asmblyhall.com
Wilkes Bashford Bay Area social elites have been flocking to San Francisco fashion patriarch, Wilkes Bashford’s eponymous boutique in droves since its opening in 1966. Now, following an 18-month renovation, the legendary retailer is refreshed and reborn as a luxurious seven-story fashion townhouse. 375 Sutter St., (415) 986-4380, www.wilkesbashford.com
Uniqlo Japanese mega-retailer Uniqlo launched its fi rst West Coast fl agship earlier this year in Union Square. Tricked out in floor-to-ceiling glass and lit staircases, the popular chain features über-cool tech feature The Magic Mirror-a touch-screen mirror wall that is a virtual dressing room that lets you try on select items in a rainbow of colors without changing. 111 Powell St., (877) 4-UNIQLO, www.uniqlo.com
Acrimony Acrimony is stocked with a well-edited collection of labels that magically blend street chic with minimalist sophisticate. Resembling more art gallery than fashion boutique, on-the-rise designers like Ann-Sofi e Back, Shona Joy and Hawai’i’s own Bliss Lau dress the racks. www.shopacrimony.com
Jigsaw London You won’t find tea and crumpets at British fashion outpost Jigsaw, but rather a one-stop-shop for wardrobe classics and of-the-moment silhouettes with a distinct English flair. Find capsules of colorful knitwear and eccentric mix of patterns. Fans include Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman and favorite royal (and former Jigsaw employee) Kate Middleton. 2121 Fillmore St., (415) 931-5520, www.jigsaw-london.com
Foreign Cinema Sunday brunch at Foreign Cinema is a must-do on the weekend checklist. The acclaimed Mission District icon bustles on weekends with locals and visitors clamoring for a table. The industrial-chic setting is the stage for the inventive quintessential California/Mediterranean-inspired menu. 2534 Mission St., (415) 648-7600. www.foreigncinema.com
Local Edition It’s fitting that Local Edition, sits in the basement of the famous Hearst building on Market Street where the printing press once lived. Inspired by the newspaper business of 50 years prior, the dÃ©cor is notably vintage. And as crafted cocktails are serious business in this city, its no surprise that the menu is littered with libations that range from solid classics to inventive contemporary interpretations. 691 Market St., (415) 795-1395, www.localeditionsf.com