Women’s History Month means not only showing up for our mothers, daughters and sisters — but also for our local creators, movers and shakers. San Francisco is bustling with women-owned businesses and women-powered talent. This April, and always, consider supporting your local, woman-owned businesses — we’ve shared a few of our SF favorites to get you started below.
1. Harlow & Grey
Powerhouse cousin duo Jeanne Chan and Gloria Wong started one of San Francisco’s most beloved woman-driven businesses back in 2014. Harlow & Grey offers stylish partyware and lifestyle goods, from lunch napkins sets to party garlands. We absolutely love how much their disposable dining sets mimic upscale china — color-coordinated and aesthetic to the max, Harlow & Grey sets out to turn your parties into precious memories. Their Blanc and Soirée collections meld seamlessly with the polished marble and brass finishes we have at The Harrison, but we also love their Secret Garden collection’s floral details. Order online or find them stocked at Picnic on Polk Street.
Athena Hewitt’s Monastery is inspired by the power of aromatherapy and natural skincare products from the Greek Cyclades. Incorporating her grandmother’s holistic recipes for purifying and healing skin, Hewitt spent years studying and practicing skincare before opening her own studio right here in San Francisco. This tightly curated collection of cream serums, gels, moisturizers, and face and body oils is made in small batches at Monastery’s studio.
Right here in SoMa is Bini’s Kitchen. Run by owner and chef Binita Pradhan, Bini’s Kitchen brings Nepalese cuisine to San Francisco. After coming to San Francisco Bini really missed native home-cooked food. Bini’s Kitchen brings the home ground spices of Nepalese Soul food from the foothills of Himalayas right to San Francisco — walking distance from The Harrison.
All the telltale signs of spring are upon us: longer-lasting daylight hours, budding blooms and gentler climates. And what better way to embrace the new season than by refreshing your routine? Below, find a list of ways to adjust to the changing weather and improve overall wellness.
Rise with the sun
While some of us may have already tried hacking our sleep schedules by setting earlier alarms many times before, the perfect time to introduce an earlier wake-up time is actually to follow the transition from winter to spring. The spring equinox, on March 20th this year, marks the first day that daylight hours begin to surpass the nighttime hours. So as the sun rises earlier with each coming day of spring, take this time to take a cue from nature and reconfigure your sleep schedule — starting off your day with a bit of sunlight and serenity will be well worth the boost in serotonin.
Add variety to your caffeine options
We get it — we’re not crazy about when that one friend bugs us to replace our beloved morning coffee with tea, especially when we live in a city with some of the best pick-me-up brews. Instead of quitting coffee altogether, we’d suggest diversifying your options — maybe switch to matcha teas and maca blends just for the weekends. This way, you can conveniently discover new ways to energize yourself without divorcing yourself completely from your staple morning coffee.
Opt for lighter moisture
All skincare routines can be adapted according to seasonal change. Here in San Francisco, this period marks a time after the biting temperatures and blasting heaters of winter. So for this season, you won’t want too heavy of a moisturizer to weigh down your skin as you enjoy the change in the air.
Spend more hours outside
The combination of increased daylight and hospitable weather will already have you itching to put work down and take more strolls outside. After spending a whole winter cooped up at home among blankets and central heating, this will be the time to enjoy a daily fresh breath of air, as well as relieve some stress in the outdoors.
From The Harrison’s remaining available residences comes 41C, a stunning three-bedroom home framed by picturesque Bay Bridge and marina views. Set high above the city, yet moments from San Francisco’s most sought-after restaurants, shops and local attractions, this residence brings to fruition a deluxe lifestyle marked by five-star amenities, 24/7 concierge service and inimitable details selected by renowned designer Ken Fulk.
The bright, airy floor plan commences in the expansive foyer, ideal for the avid art collector, where two of the home’s bedrooms lie to the left—one of which boasts an en suite bath and walk-in closet. Framed by floor-to-ceiling windows, each retreat revels in stunning Bay Bridge views and a wealth of natural light. The foyer flows onward into the home’s state-of-the-art kitchen, living room and dining room. Embraced by glass, this expansive and open space captivates from sunrise to sundown with far-reaching views of the Bay Bridge and marina just beyond. Here, one can also access the home’s balcony, which serves as the ideal spot to unwind and revel in unobstructed vistas.
Past the kitchen is the home’s master suite, featuring a deluxe bathroom with porcelain Herringbone floors, custom unlacquered Waterworks brass fixtures, casted-glass wall sconces and beautiful Carrara marble countertops. Sophisticated in setting yet casual in layout, this residence presents a unique opportunity to escape the hustle of urban living and dwell both comfortably and beautifully. Learn more about The Harrison’s residences, explore the neighborhood or inquire about this particular floor plan.
Milder weather and reopenings await us in the springtime. Luckily for residents of The Harrison, season festivities and blooming natural escapes are never too far in our local Bay Area. Here are just a few of the many options you have to enjoy the new season this year.
Reserve Your Opening-Day Sail Early
Ring in the start of boating season on April 25th, this year’s annual historic boat parade on the Bay. While you can view the maritime show of both vintage and contemporary boats from the shore, now is the time to reserve a spot aboard the Schooner Freda B if you’d like to celebrate on the water! This event sells out every year, with the coveted sunset sail already sold out. Indulge in both local history and a breath of fresh ocean air this spring by planning ahead. Tickets are $255.
Start a New Spring Tradition and Visit the Rhododendron Dell
This enclave of Golden Gate park is a memorial dedicated to the former park superintendent, and is lush with his favorite flower of rhododendrons. This month of March is when the blooms run in delicate pinks and deep reds. A unique labor of love, this garden is one of the most romantic spots in the city to observe the beauty of spring.
Camp in Wine Country
Itching to get out of the city to see the tidings of springtime? Campgrounds and most trails have reopened at Bothe Napa Valley State Park, so now is a great time to escape among redwoods and vineyards. With more than 10 miles of hiking trails at your disposal, there’s no shortage of opportunities to immerse yourself in nature. Take this opportunity to welcome the new season with a bottle of Napa wine and an adventure in tree groves.
From The Harrison’s remaining available residences comes this stunning two-bedroom plus den floor plan with an expansive open layout and sweeping city and Twin Peaks vistas framed by floor-to-ceiling windows. This residence captivates with supreme interior design finishes, inclusive of diagonal-planked Siberian Oak floors, polished white slab Carrara marble countertops and unlacquered Waterworks brass fixtures. Set high above the city, yet moments from San Francisco’s most sought-after restaurants, shops and local attractions, this residence realizes a lavish urban lifestyle marked by five-star amenities, 24/7 concierge services and inimitable details selected by renowned designer Ken Fulk.
Upon entering the foyer’s grand hallway, ideal for displaying an extensive art collection, one is drawn into the kitchen—complete with Studio Becker Ash Molina cabinetry, polished Carrara marble counters and Bertazzoni and Subzero appliances—and the adjacent dining and living rooms. Embraced by floor-to-ceiling windows, this integrated living and dining space welcome an abundance of natural light and offer unobstructed views of the San Francisco skyline and Twin Peaks.
From the dining area, one can access the home’s balcony, which serves as the ideal spot to unwind and revel in city views while high above the bustle below. Additionally, one of the home’s bedrooms resides just off the living and dining room, boasting far-reaching views of Twin Peaks. To the right of the entry hallway, the master suite presents a deluxe yet cozy haven replete with high-end decorative finishes and a spa-like bath and expansive San Francisco views. To the left of the entry hallway is the generous den space. Here, one can escape the city bustle below and dwell comfortably and luxuriously.
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