That which does not kill us makes us healthier

The new Nike boutique store at Union Street is combining retail with workout programming (Photo: NikeInc.)


The new 2,000-square-foot Nike retail store opened May 16 at 2071 Union Street. In addition to selling a range of men’s and women’s running, training and sportswear products, Nike Union Street is starting a series of programs on June 2, including a running club on Mondays at 6:30 p.m.; high-intensity training on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.; running training club on Saturdays at 10:30 a.m.; Girl’s Night In Workout on the first Friday of each month at 6 p.m., and a yoga class Sunday evenings at 7:30 p.m.

The location is serving as a highlight for Nike’s commitment to women athletes, especially younger ones. “Nike Union Street will provide a premium experience for female athletes through a unique blend of pinnacle product, premium services, and deep programming,” said Nike executive Dennis van Oossanen. That involvement includes partnering with Bay Area Women’s Sports Initiative (BAWSI) to inspire girls and youth with special needs to be active, drawing on local female athletes to volunteer their time to get girls active in sports and play.


Forty-something women having breakfast.

First woman: I need to get my mom in to my doctor for Botox. That “number 11” between her eyes doesn’t bother her, but it bothers me!

Second woman: Have you been recently?

First woman: A few weeks ago.

Second woman: Oh. Wow. Because, like, your forehead doesn’t move at all.

First woman: Yeah, it does! My mom is such a baby. She’s scared. But I am more scared of that number 11 between her eyes than having a forehead with limited mobility.


Based at 1592 Union Street, a new company called Shipbird is marrying the ideas of crowdsourcing with good old-fashioned delivery. A bit like Uber for package deliveries, Shipbird takes orders for deliveries and matches them with delivery personnel already in the area. Launched on May 1, the company says it already has more than 800 delivery people in the Bay Area’s nine counties, reaching 111 cities.

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The front facade on the old Metro Theater on Union Street remains, as do two giant indoor murals by artist Anthony Heinsbergen. But if you step into the refurbished building, you’ll find that the 90-year-old space has been modernized and rebuilt in a sleek modern look. The new owners will probably frown upon you bringing in a giant box of buttered popcorn, a 20-ounce cup of soda, and a box of Milk Duds, because on June 11, the Metro reopens as the latest Equinox gym.

The Metro, located at 2055 Union Street, originally opened in April 1924 (it was known then as the Metropolitan Theater). In its new life, it will feature several floors of workout rooms, a yoga studio, steam room, pilates studio, a barre studio for ballet-inspired workouts, juice bar cafe (no Milk Duds), kids playroom, and more, including a room for community meetings and events.

Doors open at 12 noon on June 11.


No one can accuse Madame Tussauds of not knowing showmanship — and their audience. In anticipation of the June 26 opening of the new Madame Tussauds San Francisco in Fisherman’s Wharf, Tussauds highlighted some of the San Francisco-specific attractions at the new location, including a Jerry Garcia figure that was unveiled with the participation of Garcia’s daughter Keelin and wife, Manasha. “They’ve been doing this since the likes of Voltaire and Benjamin Franklin, and it’s an incredible honor to have Jerry included,” said Manasha Garcia.

A team of 20 artists used more than 200 different measurements and three months to create the Garcia wax figure, according to Tussauds. The late Grateful Dead singer will be joined by other wax figures such as Anne Hathaway, George Clooney, Whoopi Goldberg, Audrey Hepburn, ET, Adele, Serena Williams, and many others. The new Madame Tussauds San Francisco is located at 145 Jefferson Street.


First young techie: [So-and-so] at the office is getting real old-fashioned and traditional.

Second young techie: You mean he’s consolidating power?

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