Leave it to the red bullseye to quietly offer surprisingly stylish accessories for home entertaining…
There - on the back (usually clearance) end caps were several amazing finds. The bar cart was on the main aisle - but sort of plopped down with some nice looking mid-mod chairs. Not the compelling visual story they deserved - but - still caught my eye as I am certifiably mad for bar carts these days.
Not that I still want to… and - the process was schizo... but - I am somehow irked that it's moving forward - with a VERY similar concept [and vaguely similar aesthetic] to foodshop - in the space they directed me to work with - however - they've now doubled the size, taking over an adjacent space that was originally unavailable. from the Downtown Project update: The Market Location: 611 Fremont Street Status: under construction Projected Completion Date: August 2014Market offering prepared foods, wine, fresh produce, and a variety of grocery and sundry items at varying price points. The Market will also offer a hot bar, salad bar, prepackaged hot meals, a coffee bar, and beer growlers to go.
I have meant to post this tale of a day-trip adventure to the agricenter of our state when I lived in West Hollywood… It was a fun day.
As we headed up the 5 [why are all our highways “the”
something.Is it because their lore and
traffic is so legendary that it has to be THE 405 – not just 405?Anyway – another topic for another day] – my
friend Kristen repeated the question – Bakersfield?Really?The little gems that we kept uncovering in this San Joaquin Valley metro
of nearly 840,000 people were as fun as they were surprising.Here – for your enjoyment are the highlights…
-The Bakersfield Sign
– An iconic arch that’s part of the city’s fabric
-Buck Owens’ Crystal
Palace – Yep.His music hall and
they serve Dwight Yoakam’s Baby Back Ribs.That's disturbing.
-Meadows Field – Those
of you who know me – know that I’m obsessed with airports and how they’re part
of a community and how they represent the community.I have to say Bakersfield’s Meadows Field is
spiffy, has a great aeronautical art collection – and for a small metro between
two large metros (SFO/LAX), has decent non-stop destinations.
of Art – Cool architecture, a serious collection and curated exhibits. My guess is that this is a hidden gem.
-Central Park at Mill
Creek and the Walk – Part of the effort to revive downtown Bakersfield
includes a pretty, pleasant 1.5 mile walking park along the city’s Mill Creek
that culminates in Central Park – including a covered bridge, WiFi and a large
collection of Kern River river boulders.
-Mid-Century – Apparently
– there’s a neighborhood full of mid-century gems.I haven’t found it yet.Will check on my next visit!
-Hotel Padre – historic,
stylish and probably the cornerstone of the downtown renaissance – this swanky
boutique hotel has several food and cocktail options and pretty rooms.It’s a great home base if you’re making your
day trip and overnighter to allow for cocktailing!
-Muertos – Popcorn
Pork and margaritas – um – OK…Cool
lofty space on Wall Street.
-Smith’s Bakery – Local
-Dagny’s Coffee Co. –
local fave. Local java spot. Nice.
-Belvedere Room –
really stylish dining room at the Padre.A great menu and lots of peacock velvet button-tufting to boot!
Street Antique Shops – a whole slew of shops between Eye Street and Mill
-Look for the Woolworth’s on 19th Street and
check it out – it’s an antique mall with an intact, operating LUNCHEONETTE!So neat and, well, tasty!
-The roof bar at the Hotel Padre [noted above] is a nifty,
stylish spot for a sip and chat – Prairie
Fire has cabanas and fire pits and is a comfy spot under the sun and stars.
-On historic Wall Street – a hidden alley full of surprises
- is a superb art deco bar called Guthrie’s
This hip, rough and
tumble tavern is home to an amazing celebrity caricature mural created by the
legendary Al Hirschfeld.Well-priced
cocktails and a chill vibe make it a great spot to hang (and play pool).
-The Mint is one
of Bakersfield’s true alternative spots – in the middle of the 19th
Street Antique shops.Cool bartenders, a
patio and reasonable sips – make it a comfortable, welcoming spot.
It’s not Big Sur or Barcelona and a little more conservative
than I’d like – but, at the end of the day, it was a surprise just how much
there was to see and do.And – we didn’t
even delve into the areas rich agricultural activity – with chances for both
shopping and touring.The Bakersfield
area is home to great natural beauty along the Kern River and abundant produce,
including: grapes, citrus,
almonds, carrots, alfalfa, cotton, and roses.Next time?A trip to Dewar’s Soda Fountain and Fine Candies and a meal at one of
the city’s famous Basque restaurants…
So – while flying over or whizzing by on the freeway [on the
way to/from New York, LA or SF] it’s good to remember that there are lively,
intriguing little cities that very often fly way under the radar.Bakersfield is one of them.
Since I was wee I've been obsessed and immersed in the consumer world - from retail (at Marshall Field's, Williams-Sonoma and Barneys New York) to communications (at public relations agencies, big and small, as well as thrice as an independent consultant and in-house for the world's largest natural and organic grocery retailer).
I'm also wicked obsessed with and immersed in pop culture. I eat. I shop. I drink... I watch too much TV, drink Diet Coke, think $300 jeans are absurd - but will pay $5 for my coffee drink experience [go figure], can't schmooze but can chat up a storm and occasionally make you laugh.
For some reason people seek my style (fashion and home) advice. For some reason I LOVE giving it [apple...tree...thanks Mom].
I'm growing slightly weary of the desert, but am happy to have left the deep South and ready to share my warped ramblings about the world. As it says - we're going to sip, sup, shop, and take a look at style together. Along the way - I'll take a look at the communications world as well since it's a big part of my life.