Noe Valley Voice October 2010

Noely Noted

You Go, Local Girl

Oct. 1, 2010, marked our Bernadette Melvin’s third anniversary in business as Bernie’s Cafe at 3966 24th Street next to Whole Foods. Her crew, coffee, and personality have put the proper perk in many a Noe denizen’s stride.  


The Designers Voted

One success of the summer belongs to Gallery of Jewels. Our friends at the Noe Valley store, located at 4089 24th Street, reported the company received a prestigious Top Ten Designer Retailer award from the Jewelers Choice Awards in Las Vegas in June. Gallery of Jewels has excelled at showcasing handcrafted limited edition work by each artist individually since 1990.


September Sustenance

We couldn’t ignore the cajoling of James Lick Middle School students on Saturday, Sept. 25, so after coffee at Bernie’s, we headed to the Lick cafeteria for a $5 pancake breakfast plate. Kathleen Wydler, PTSA co-president, said a steady stream of customers had been coming through and she felt confident they’d meet their day’s goal of $1,000 to put toward field trips this year.

After a couple of hours we were hungry again, but we’d left our convenient parking spot on the Lick playground and had to go all the way up to Hoffman to find a new spot. As we walked back to the St. Philip Festival, we thought it was probably a good idea to stretch the legs a bit anyway and make room for the brownies and fudge at the festival’s bake sale.


Xcelerate Salon Shows Off

Look for a Grand Opening Party on Saturday, Oct. 9, at 1401 Castro Street where the formerly named Isa’s Salon now belongs to Lori Koon, who became sole owner and artistic director July 1 after working for Isa Muhawieh at that location for 20 years. Isa will continue styling three days a week, and the same staff of Dora Arce, Angelica DeLeon, Tony Ferri, Rema Jaser, and Lan H. Nguyen will continue to back Lori up.

“We have the same amenities,” she tells us, “but I have added more accommodating prices.”

If you miss the grand opening, which will have a spa day raffle, look for their sidewalk sales every Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.


What’s in a Noe Name?

The postal service is still having a hard time with our mail. If you send somthing to us at 1021 Sanchez Street, 94114, it might get to us after first going to Diamond Heights where the Noe Valley Nursery School is now located. Calls to carrier supervisors have received a sympathetic ear, but inconsistent results. So if you want to make our deadlines, please use our P.O. Box 460249, San Francisco, CA 94146 address.