Pet perks, fun fabrics and lunch with a view 

Faves and raves by Patricia Polen (Click the picture to see Patricia’s faves!)

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AGE:
58

YEARS IN THE CITY: 37

NEIGHBORHOOD: Potrero Hill

OCCUPATION:
Theatrical designer

SELF-DESCRIPTION: Native Californian, married, making a living doing what she majored in at college and hoped she would be doing for the rest of her life

FAVORITE SUNDAY AFTERNOON SPOT

Java Beach Cafe

WHERE:
1396 La Playa St., at Judah Street

WHAT: Great place to relax after a hike

INFO: (415) 665-5282 or www.javabeachcafe.com

We love to hike at Fort Funston with the dog, then head over to Java Beach where we can sit outside and enjoy coffee, salads, sandwiches, beer, pastries or anything we’ve worked up an appetite for. It’s right across from the beach, which makes it convenient.

FAVORITE FABRIC STORE

Fabric Outlet

WHERE:
2109 Mission St., at 17th Street

WHAT:
Everything for sewers at reasonable prices

INFO: (415) 552-4525 or www.fabricoutletsf.com

Britex is great, but if you don’t want to spend your entire paycheck, this place is the next best thing. The owners are always there and their staff is very knowledgeable. And they always play oldies from the ’50s, which gives the place a real retro feel.

FAVORITE PLACE FOR A GIRLFRIEND LUNCH

Greens Restaurant

WHERE:
Fort Mason, Building A

WHAT:
Spectacular vegetarian cuisine

INFO: (415) 771-6222 or www.greensrestaurant.com

Great menu. Great views. Easy parking. A nice ambiance for getting together. I’ve noticed that whenever I recommend we go there, the other person always says “Yes!”

FAVORITE VIEW OF THE CITY

20th Street on Potrero Hill

WHERE:
20th Street, between Vermont and Pennsylvania streets

WHAT: Quiet neighborhood with extraordinary views

INFO:
www.potreroboosters.org

This beats any view anywhere in The City. It’s quiet and private because it’s a regular neighborhood not filled with tourists.

FAVORITE THEATER

War Memorial Opera House

WHERE:
301 Van Ness Ave., at Grove Street

WHAT: Illustrious home of the S.F. Opera and S.F. Ballet

INFO: sfwmpac.org/operahouse/oh_index.html

I’ve worked in this magnificent building since 1974 and have been in awe of it since then. Patrons know the ornate lobby and beautiful house, but I can attest to how magical the stage and backstage are. There is something special about this place that I haven’t found anywhere else.

FAVORITE THRIFT STORE

Thrift Town

WHERE:
2101 Mission St., at 17th Street

WHAT:
Clothes, furniture, accessories, books and more

INFO: (415) 861-1132 or www.thrifttown.com

As a professional costumer, this place is indispensable. As a homeowner on a budget, it is amazing. It’s clean; the staff is delightful; everything is well-organized; the prices are not overblown; and the stuff turns over fast so there’s always new stuff.

FAVORITE PET SUPPLY STORE

Catnip & Bones

WHERE:
2220 Chestnut St., at Pierce Street

WHAT: Great place for pets and people

INFO: (415) 359-9100

Easy to find — just look for the water bowl on the sidewalk. The owner, Pam, is extremely personable. She has a good selection and always has a treat for the dogs. It’s a nice, clean, neat shop, and if she doesn’t have something she will get it for you.

FAVORITE VETERINARIAN

Sunset Veterinary Hospital

WHERE:
3741 Noriega St., at 45th Avenue

WHAT:
Friendly, accommodating staff and superior service

INFO: (415) 753-2884 or www.sunsetveterinaryhospital.com

I’ve known Dr. Paul Bannow since 1974, and he is wonderful and caring, as are the whole staff. They have the ability to make you feel like you are the only pet owner in the whole world, and that you are their only concern.

FAVORITE BALLPARK

AT&T Park

WHERE:
24 Willie Mays Plaza

WHAT: Best ballpark in the world

INFO: (415) 972-2000 or www.sfgiants.com

We are so lucky to have a jewel of a ballpark like this. My husband’s boat is docked at South Beach Harbor next to the ballpark, and when the Giants are playing, there is a real feeling of excitement in the air, which is contagious.

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