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CONFERENCE DISRUPTER bunkhouSe At the Epiphany Hotel , even the fur-niture nods to the tech lifestyle. The boardroom is outfitted with Hoodie chairs: pod-like, plugged-in, noise-shielding thrones. The rooms themselves are packed with design-minded perks like G-Link docks and an array of charging stations. But the most wel-come upgrades can be found in the Ideo-designed communal work spaces. Leading the way is the Edison, a flickering, undulating chandelier comprising 100 in-dividually wired LED bulbs. The dual coworking spaces feature fold-down tables with built-in whiteboard surfaces, mobile and adjustable furniture, a surplus of outlets, and floor-to-ceiling glass doors that lead to a terrace lined with Adirondack chairs. 180 hamilton ave. (near emerSon St.), palo alto, 800-224-6000 l.M. ICONIC SPECS eyewear The shuttering of the Warby Parker showroom left a gap in the city’s style-conscious options. (There’s startup Brownie and Madam, sure, but not everyone wants to meet a stylist just to try on glasses.) Fortunately, Oliver Peoples delivers quality frames without gimmicks (from $265). Befitting a brand that started out dealing in dead-stock eyewear, the frames are inspired by silhouettes from the ’40s to the ’70s. Some reference pop culture icons— Gregory Peck, Andy Warhol—while others are collaborations with fashion labels like Kitsuné and Isabel Marant. Prescription lenses are available onsite, and double rivets and seven-barrel hinges add extra durability. 140 grant ave. (near poSt St.), 415-362-3222 l.M. RING LEADER Jewelry Tucked away on a little-trafficked block of Octavia for the past three years, Reliquary has always had a hidden-gem feel. Last month, the shop jumped to Hayes Valley’s boutique-lad-en main drag, nearly doubling its size. The glinting loot ranges from antique styles—Georgian, Victorian, Edwardian, and deco among them—to owner Leah Bershad’s modern travel finds from New England to South America ($75 to $6,000). The rare collection blends the best of both worlds: New Age turquoise with old-world gemstones; delicate lockets beside chunky biker rings. 544 hayeS St. (near oCtavia St.), 415-431-3000 l.M. Shorty Maniace at J.P. Kempt. Three’s A Trend: A better barber For those tired of cooling their heels at Fellow barber and temescal alley barber Shop. J.P. kEMPT the barbers sport tats and ’staches, jazz plays overhead, and the boss—who’s known for his deft work with a pair of antique clippers—is called Shorty maniace. the cuts and straight-razor shaves ($40 apiece) are skillfully rendered, and the unpretentious staff also offer beard trims, buzz cuts, and unfussy facials. 351 diviSadero St. (near oak St.), 415-437-1300 gym garb Spandex That stereotype about Mari-na chicks living in Lululemon? Nike ’s lat-est outpost is giving the yoga chain a run for its money. This 2,000-square-foot run-ner’s hub caters to women. Neon span-dex lines the walls, from running shorts to jackets, along with training gear like medicine balls and fitness trackers. The shoes are grouped into categories— studio, gym, high-intensity, racing, barefoot, neutral, and stable—and staff-ers conduct gait analyses on an in-store treadmill. True, some of the perks are smirk-worthy—sports-bra fitting ser-vices, free pant-hemming—but when it comes to high-performing workout wear and running shoes, Nike delivers. 2071 union St. (near webSter St.), 415-474-1915 l.M. foodie OFFERINGS tableware Thomas Keller is, of course, known for his food. Now his first retail endeavor, Finesse , unveils the tools behind it. The merchandise features hard-to-find kitchen gear and gifts selected by chefs. You’ll find Mac knife sets ($900); exotic salts from France, England, and Japan; porcelain bowls from South Korea; and coffee table–worthy cookbooks. The sheepskin rugs from Elysian Fields Farm in Pennsylvania are sourced from the same purebred lambs whose chops appear on the menu at the French Laundry. 6540 waShington St. (near humboldt St.), yountville, 707-363-9552 l.M. brogAn And Son in this shop, “sports, women, current events, and a little trash talk” are welcome, beer is on the house, and regulars face off at the dartboard. the cut ($35) is a ritual that involves a dry cut, a shoulder massage, and a tea tree oil hot towel soak. 425C battery St. (near Clay St.), 415-398-2272 from left: courtesy of epiphany hotel; robyn lehr bArbEr TIM PIPEr piper personally takes appointments for his single-chair shop by phone or text. the $25 cut here includes a wash, a eucalyptus-scented towel steam, and a free beard or mustache trim. piper is particularly gifted at re-creating classic styles from any photograph—the James dean is a popular choice. 936b Clay St. (near 10th St.), oakland, 510-381-5330 l.M . July 2014 | San Francisco 97

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