Faves and raves by Charleston Pierce
YEARS IN THE CITY: 47
OCCUPATION: Fashion show producer, choreographer, talent coach, actor, model and job developer. His website is
SELF-DESCRIPTION: Born to inspire and to encourage people to never give up on their dreams and hopes — that all things are possible, but we have to make it happen.
Sushi Groove South
WHERE: 516 Folsom St., between 11th and Norfolk streets
WHAT: Fresh sushi, perfect place to go on a Friday or Saturday night
INFO: (415) 503-1950
Great ambiance, great staff and the sushi is always fresh. This is the perfect place to go on a Friday or Saturday night when you are looking for a fun and delicious dining experience.
FAVORITE PLACE TO TEACH A MODELING CLASS
Lyon Street Steps
WHERE: Lyon and Green streets
WHAT: Up and down the stairs incorporating their surroundings
I have the models go up and down the stairs to teach them how to incorporate their surroundings into their poses. I also have them practice how to manage the steps with their unique walks.
EPI Center MedSpa
WHERE: 450 Sutter St., Suite 800, at Stockton Street
WHAT: The best facials in town
INFO: (415) 362-4754 or www.skinrejuv.com
The best facials in town! I like to take care of my skin so if I can make it to the EPI Center once or twice a month, I feel refreshed and rejuvenated. The spa is an oasis of The City, and it is even a treat to visit the historic 450 Sutter St. medical building where the office is located.
FAVORITE NATURE SPOT
WHERE: Gibson Road, near 25th Avenue
WHAT: Beautiful views of the Golden Gate Bridge
INFO: (415) 831-2750 or www.nps.gov/prsf/planyourvisit/baker-beach.htm
Baker Beach offers beautiful views of the Golden Gate Bridge close to the bridge, and it reminds me of when I was a kid. I used to go camping in the Presidio next to Baker Beach when I was in the Boy Scouts.
FAVORITE PLACE FOR A ROMANTIC DATE
WHAT: Yummy pasta, red wine, ice cream, etc.
Yummy pasta, red wine, tasty treats, ice cream, flowers, tourists, locals and great music. And Chinatown is close by.
FAVORITE PLACE TO TAKE OUT-OF-TOWNERS
WHERE: 1 Telegraph Hill Blvd., at Greenwich Street
WHAT: Views of the entire city, and if you’re lucky the parrots will be out
INFO: (415) 362-0808
A great activity is to walk up from Bay Street. You get to see great architecture in the houses, a wonderful sampling of our native plants, and if you’re lucky the parrots will be out also. Once you get to the top, you get views of the entire city.
FAVORITE PLACE TO HOST AN EVENT
WHERE: Bordered by Geary, Post, Stockton and Powell streets
WHAT: A place that tourists and locals alike enjoy
Union Square on a Saturday afternoon in front of all the retail stores and hotels. It’s a place where locals and tourists love to shop and visit.
FAVORITE PLACE TO SEE ART
Museum of The African Diaspora
WHERE: 685 Mission St., between Third and Annie streets
WHAT: An African-American historical significance of every exhibit
INFO: (415) 358-7200 or www.moadsf.org
The museum is conveniently located near downtown and the Metreon, so it can be a nice stop on a downtown walking tour. The main draw for me is the African-American historical significance of every exhibit. The exhibitions change on a regular basis, so there is always something new to see and learn.
FAVORITE PLACE TO BUY CLOTHING
Isda & Co.
WHERE: 21 South Park St., between Second and Third streets
WHAT: Great-quality clothes at good prices
INFO: (415) 512-0313 or www.isda-and-co.com
It’s a fun street with a little park and cafes close by.