Issue:  Vol. 47 / No. 49 / 7 December 2017
 

San Francisco style for Milk's manager

Business Briefs


Director Gus Van Sant, left, escorts Anne Kronenberg (wearing a Terry Kiskaddon creation) on the red carpet at last month's Academy Awards. Photo: Courtesy Terry Kiskaddon
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San Francisco designer Terry Kiskaddon made her Oscar debut last month when Anne Kronenberg sashayed down the red carpet wearing one of Kiskaddon's custom creations.

Kronenberg, whose time as Harvey Milk's campaign manager was chronicled in the Academy Award-winning film Milk, is a regular at Kiskaddon's boutique Harper Greer (522 Sutter Street). For the special night, Kiskaddon produced a sheath dress and matching jacket in black silk adorned with Swarovski crystals.

Harper Greer specializes in fashions for women size 12 and up, all designed by Kiskaddon and manufactured entirely within San Francisco. Kiskaddon and her husband John Kiskaddon have operated the boutique in its current location since 2007. Previously they owned shops South of Market and in Berkeley.

For more information on Harper Greer, visit www.harpergreer.com.

Make a French connection

Jackie Grandchamps, founder of French Escapade (2389 Blackpool Place, San Leandro), had one ulterior motive in creating her international tour company. Back in 2002, the Belgian transplant met a visiting French tourist by the name of Valerie Sans, and they soon began searching for a way to bridge the 5,500 miles that separated their homes. Their shared love of travel provided a solution, and in 2003 Grandchamps created French Escapade, a tour company specializing in small-group tours of France, Belgium, and California.

French Escapade limits its tour groups to eight people, and the native-led tours routinely include visits to working farms and locals' homes, as well as hands-on experiences such as baking local delicacies in Belgium or silk weaving in Lyon, France.  Grandchamps explained, "We really think that what people remember from a trip is not what they have seen, like pretty scenery or buildings, but what they have experienced – who they met, what they did."

French Escapade's 2009 calendar currently includes tours targeted to women and tours targeted to LGBT groups, as well as ones marketed to a general audience. They recently announced a 50 percent discount on their women-only tour of Provence in June, and a "two-for-one" discount on their LGBT trip to Belgium in August.

For more information on French Escapade and their 2009 tours, visit www.frenchescapade.com or call toll-free at 866-483-5713.

New Blush on Castro

Last week, Castro eatery A Bon Port transformed from a cafe and creperie into Blush (476 Castro Street), a European-style wine bar. 

Owners Jean-Francois Pauly and Mickael Azoulay view this change as a natural evolution in their business, reflecting their original desire to own a wine bar. Because of delays in obtaining a beer-wine permit, Pauly and Azoulay originally opened A Bon Port with a greater emphasis on coffee and lunchtime fare. Last autumn the permit finally came through, and from that point the focus of the business shifted to the wines and evening traffic. Blush is now open until midnight or 1 a.m. every night of the week. 

Blush features a wide range of European and American wines, and will spotlight a themed tasting flight every week. To see the current wine list, visit www.blushwinebar.com.  

Booze-ness briefs

Restaurant Luna (558 Castro Street) has been grappling with alcohol permitting issues of its own. The restaurant is currently without a beer-wine permit, and as a result owners Panfilo Perez and Victor Ruben have decided to cut dinner service to three nights per week until the permit is reinstated. 

Perez explained that after they purchased the restaurant they believed that they could operate under the previous owner's permit. The city has required that Luna reapply for the beer-wine permit, which Perez and Ruben have done. They expect that the new permit will be issued by the beginning of April, and full-week dinner service will resume then.

Pics and the city

Photographer Rick Gerharter wants to re-introduce you to the city of San Francisco – this time through the viewfinder of a camera. Gerharter (who is also a contributing photographer for the Bay Area Reporter) has launched a series of walking tours of the city in which he guides a small group of amateur photographers to prime picture-taking locations. Currently he has two tours: one that visits many of the classic spots and views of the city, and one that specializes in San Francisco's architecture.

The four-hour tours run $175 per person or $400 for a group of four. For more information, contact Gerharter at (415) 823-8716 or visit www.rickgerharterphotos.com.

Shopping begins at home

At the March 5 meeting of the Merchants of Upper Market and Castro, Regina Dick-Endrizzi from the San Francisco Office of Small Business presented early mock-ups for a "Shop Local – Shop SF" advertising campaign that will begin running in the late spring. The ads, which feature local business owners from a variety of neighborhoods, will run on Muni buses and in underground stations and push the idea that each dollar spent within San Francisco's borders produces approximately $3 of economic activity. 

The ads are currently being developed in partnership with the San Francisco Bay Guardian newspaper, although Dick-Endrizzi indicated that her office is looking for more private partnerships to continue the campaign.

Job opening: Ford

San Francisco Ford Lincoln Mercury (1595 Van Ness Avenue) is searching for a full-time salesperson specializing in marketing to the local LGBT community. Interested candidates should contact Karen Ranes, general sales manager, at kranes@sanfranciscoford.com.

Contact Raymond Flournoy at castroshopper@yahoo.com.






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