The most popular shopping strip in the area of Palo Alto, Stanford University and Menlo is the Stanford Shopping Center. With its open air design and beautiful landscapes, gardens and fountains give its visitors a warm and relaxing shopping experience.
The top destination stores are Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s, Ralph Lauren, Abercombie and Fitch, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Lacoste, Apple, Louis Vitton, Coach and more than a hundred specialty and high end establishments. It is also the primary destination for dining with its world class restaurants like PF Changs, California Pizza Kitchen, Max's Opera Cafe, Fleming's Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar and many more. It is also the only location in the bay area that houses the famous Sprinkles Cupcakes store. Being situated in the heart of the silicon valley, its main clientele are nearby technology, web and software offices, students and high profile subdivisions and communities.
Its always a great pleasure to see the newest and vintage guitars and gears. Recently held at San Mateo is the California World Guitar Show 2012.This exhibit consists more of the vintage and classic guitars with prices ranging from $200 to $20,000. The oldest acoustic on display was made in the early 1920's.
Amongst the brands and models displayed are Fender (stratocasters, telecasters, mustangs....), Gibson (Les Paul, SG, 335's ...), Martin acoustics, Ibanez, Charvel, Epiphone, Gretsch and many more.
It was a great thrill to attend the 2012 US Golf Open at the famous and historic The Olympic Club here in the Bay Area. Having the chance to see, up close, the world's best professional golf players today as well as the newest and future masters of the game is an unforgettable experience.
The Olympic Club is an exclusive sports and golf club in San Francisco and has been in existence since 1860 and is known to be the oldest athletic club in the US. Since then, it has hosted 5 US Golf Opens (!955, 1966,1987,1998 and 2012). The famous players participating in this historic game are Tiger Wood, Phil Mickelson, Bubba Watson, Dustin Johnson, Rory Mcllroy, Kevin Na, KJ Choi, Ernie Els, Jim Furyk and more.
The Union Square is the major plaza of the city of San Francisco for public events and activities, private parties, concerts, art shows, public speeches as well as demonstrations and protests. It can be compared to our own Luneta Park in Manila or Quezon Memorial Circle in Quezon City. Union Square is right in the center of major department stores, boutiques, hotels, restaurants and tourist destinations in downtown San Francisco. To name a few events that are regularly held here are the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade, Chinese New Year's Parade, St Patrick's Day Parade, Salvation Army's Celebrity Bell Ringing, Bay To Breakers and many more.
In this Hoiday season, the major attraction at Union Square is the Macy's Tree Lighting Event and the opening of the Ice Skating Rink. Locals and tourists never fail to drop by and visit Union Square and enjoy the festive mood and holiday promos of stores and shopping destinations - CBD
Fisherman's Wharf is a must visit location in San Francisco. It is a world famous and historic tourist attraction that boasts some of the best diniing in the world, first class hotels, great shopping, popular tour programs and endelss entertainment. This is home to the best shrimp, lobster and crab dishes, regional wine favorites from Napa Valley and the legendary sourdough bread. The famous dining places in the area are Alioto's, Boudin, Bubba Gump Shrimp Factory, Castagnola's, Crab House at Pier 39, Fisherman's Grotto, Fog Harbor Fish House, Ghirardelli Square, the historic Buena Vista and more.
Fisherman's Wharf is also the launching point of many tours and cruises which is the best way to enjoy the views and waterfront of the Bay Area. You can see and visit Alcatraz, cruise underneath the Golden Gate, get into sports fishing, whale watching and more. You can also get around the area by renting bicycles, electric bikes, segway or by the classic cable cars.
Perhaps the most popular sight attraction here are the sea lions that gathers on the docks beside Pier 39. Other popular attractions found here are Anchorage Square, Aquarium By The Bay, The Wax Museum, Ripley's Belive It Or Not Museum, and other national / local museums and historical parks. Famous hotels that surrounds the Wharf are Hilton, Holiday Inn, Sheraton and Hyatt.
One day would not be enough to truly see and appreciate this place. Its one place that people would definitely not get tired of visiting - CBD
Best Buy is a multinational company and the biggest retailer of technology and entertainment products in the US. It also operates in Mexico, Puerto Rico, Canada, China and recently United Kingdom. This is where most people purchase their tv's (LCD, LED, HD. Internet TV, 3D TV, Plasma), computers, printers and laptops, video and digital camers, cellphones and accesories, video game consoles, cds, dvds and blu-ray discs, home appliances and more. This retail giant which operates in warehouse type outlets is the US version of Abenson and SM Appliances. Moreover, they also offer deliveries, installations, repairs and other services to their customers.
These photos were taken on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, and traditionally the start of the Christmas shopping season here. On this day, same with other retailers, Best Buy opened at 4am and offered huge discounts and promotional sales to all customers. Some even camped out in front of their stores 2 days before Black Friday to take advantage of the featured deals. This particular branch located at San Bruno was so full it took at least 2 to 3 hours to reach the cashier counters. It was announced that their huge sale will extend until Cyber Monday, the marketing term for the Monday immediately after Black Friday, which is fast becoming to be the biggest online shopping day in the US - CBD
Located at the Farmers Market along Alemany Boulevard, San Francisco, this weekend bargain is like a big garage sale where you can purchase a wide variety of second hand and used items. The great assortment of the displayed items range from furnitures, clothes, toys, arts and crafts, jewelries, collectibles and antiques collected from all over the world to locally made products. Its like being in an epsiode of "Clean House" where you can see customers and sellers haggling for prices and making deals.
Its not exactly for everybody but for those who seek a true bargain and an avid collector may find something worth their while. This flea market is open very Sundays from 7 AM to 3 PM.
Attended the annual Leland Avenue Street Fair last Sept. 19. Its an event where local retailers, vendors, artists and local service providers lined up in this street of downtown Visitacion Valley to celebrate the new streetscape and renovation of Leland Avenue. This location is at the San Francisco and Daly City border near the grounds of Mclaren Park, Cow Palace and
The set up reminded me of the Sunday fair which Tomas Morato Avenue used to have in the early 90's where the visitors and guests are all from the community and nearby residents. It offered a live entertainment, great food, info on community projects and a lot of retail products - CBD
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