Toward the sun

Heliotrope brings new local beauty products to light


I was pretty excited to hear about Heliotrope (, the new line of locally sourced, all-natural, unisex, essential oil-based, mostly fragrance-free beauty products launched by Bay Area style maven Jonathan Plotzker. I got more excited when Heliotrope's exquisite, neighborhood-feeling retail boutique opened in Noe Valley (1515 Church, SF. 415-643-4847) — you mean I can grab some insanely good hot and sour soup from Eric's Chinese and snag some natural product to vanish my all-night party bags? OK!Read more »

Bike lightly

Build your own bamboo steed in this new Tenderloin shop


DIY has long been an integral part of San Franciscan culture. Underground music venues, art cars, pop-up food trucks — San Franciscans have been crafting their own good times for years. And while the concept of creating and customizing your own bike isn't new, a bike studio in the Tenderloin is putting a lightweight, environmentally-friendly spin on it.Read more »

Lookin' good

BODY: February fitness and spa specials shape you up for spring


BODY If your New Year's resolution is flagging, here are some budget boosts to kickstart your makeover (or de-stress) ambitions. Never give up! Deals are for February: call ahead for more details or restrictions information.

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