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    Default BN Meet-Up San Francisco, CA 9/19-9/21 2014

    Looks like there have been no more votes and SF won over LA when counting up the votes. And it looked like September worked best for everyone.

    So, I will pm the members who said they can help plan this event. Please tell us where you are coming from(if you want) for carpool ideas etc.
    I know nothing of SF except the roads are a bit of a pain and the hotels are very pricey.

    Possible attendees:

    Foxbins
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    frou frou
    Trilby Lark
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    matildaben
    cestrum nocturnum
    mikeperez23
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    Definite attendees:

    I will put people as possible attendees until the event gets closer and people know for certain if they can come.

    Things to bring:

    umbrella
    good walking shoes
    sweater or coat
    empty vials to make decants
    samples, vials, decants, bottles anything you want to give away or swap
    Change for bus or subway(Bart), if needed.
    Cash for toll bridge fees if traveling by car.

    yes, I am mooching off Quarry's notes, lol.
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    Good luck, kalli - I've 'stuck' this thread & 'unstuck' the old one, but here's a link in case it's needed again.
    http://www.basenotes.net/threads/370...tes-and-places

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    Thanks, lpp ,
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    I am happy to help plan and organize this. I would need to get an idea of how many people would show, when they would show, if they need lodging, a budget for a hotel, etc... If you can commit to coming please post here. Along with any ideas.

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    I live outside SF a ferry ride away. If you wouldn't mind roughing it in a sleeping bag, I can put a few people up in my house and drive us to the ferry and back each day. I have a big dog, though, so if you are allergic be warned. Let me know!

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    Default Re: BN Meet-Up San Francisco, CA 9/19-9/21 2014

    Hey, trolleys aren't used for transportation, right? They are just slow things for tourists to check out, right? lol.

    So, there are bus, subway(Bart) and ferry? And do toll bridges accept debit or credit cards or is it just better to bring cash?
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    Default Re: BN Meet-Up San Francisco, CA 9/19-9/21 2014

    Quote Originally Posted by kalli View Post
    Hey, trolleys aren't used for transportation, right? They are just slow things for tourists to check out, right? lol.

    So, there are bus, subway(Bart) and ferry? And do toll bridges accept debit or credit cards or is it just better to bring cash?
    Yes, bus, BART, and ferries are the easiest to negotiate. There is something called a Clipper Card that works on city buses and BART. Parking in the city in really expensive and usually hard to find. Most toll bridges accept cash and FASTRAK (electronic billing system) but the Golden Gate will send you a bill for the toll if you don't have FASTRAK. There are cameras at the toll plaza that take a photo of your license plate.

    Edited to add, there's no way you will need an umbrella in September. September is one of SF's most beautiful months, and the rain doesn't start until November usually.
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    Default Re: BN Meet-Up San Francisco, CA 9/19-9/21 2014

    Hi everyone.

    I'll reach out to Tama, who does the SF Sniff, and see if I can get her to help us out. She knows EVERYONE. I can see what I can put together for Saturday, though it's far enough in advance that I won't be able to do much for a few months, realistically.

    Some thoughts:

    We could do Saturday in the style of our previous Meet-Ups. Meet at a store near Union Square (almost everything perfume-related in SF is in a 3 or 4 block area) and go around our favorite places. Hopefully, we can get some demos or something arranged and then do a sample swap at dinner.

    Perhaps Sunday we could go further afield, checking out some destinations away from the square for a few hours, or perhaps even do something touristy.

    If you're traveling from out of town, most of the major SF hotels are focused around Union Square, so it's fairly easy. If you want something cheaper out of town, all the locals would be happy to help with directions.
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    So, where does one park then, parking garages or something?
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    I think the trolleys have their practical use, depends on where you are and where you go to. Definitely take a warm coat, the three days I was there it was supposed to be warm and sunny and it was super cold and foggy and it can get very cold in the evening.

    You can get a three day pass for public transport which is a very good deal and you can jump on any kind of public transport, including the trolleys which are great fun and like I said, not just touristy. The trams are great too.
    I would love to camp out in a sleeping bag, especially with a large dog around, but the Q is a luxury animal, and will categorically refuse...

    Count me and the Q in as possibles, FSM willing...
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    And thanks Rogalal for being willing to organise, brilliant!
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    Default Re: BN Meet-Up San Francisco, CA 9/19-9/21 2014

    Quote Originally Posted by kalli View Post
    So, where does one park then, parking garages or something?
    For the out-of-towners, most of the city's main hotels are around Union Square, so it's possible to walk. There are many parking garages around Union Square as well. There's also a BART station in the basement of the Westfield Mall, which is how many of us with BART access actually get there.

    If we meander further afield on Sunday, we'd likely take buses or just walk, maybe carpool? It would make more sense to worry about the logistics once we have set destinations, though, IMHO...
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    I have never been to San Francisco. I just may have to do something about that. In the meantime I shall lurk and muse...
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    I can possibly attend. I'll ask the Mr and see if he wants to come along, although we were thinking of maybe a couple's trip to NYC around that time so that would take priority for us.

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    This looks good to me. I was last in SF over 20 years ago and have always wanted to return. I am going to try to make this work.

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    Default Re: BN Meet-Up San Francisco, CA 9/19-9/21 2014

    Quote Originally Posted by kalli View Post
    Hey, trolleys aren't used for transportation, right? They are just slow things for tourists to check out, right? lol.

    So, there are bus, subway(Bart) and ferry? And do toll bridges accept debit or credit cards or is it just better to bring cash?
    As a former San Franciscan I feel the need to say that there are no "trolleys" there. Cable cars are used and enjoyed by tourists and residents alike. There are MUNI busses and streetcars, some vintage, as well as the BART rapid transit system. Taxis are plentiful. Downtown shopping is quite concentrated so walking is really a viable option. Parking is limited so using a personal vehicle is not convenient.

    I might attend and will either book a hotel downtown or stay with a friend. I usually stay at the Beresford Arms, an inexpensive vintage hotel where most rooms have kitchenettes.
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    Oh, sorry TL, I am not from there, didn't know the proper term! Hey, at least I didn't say 'Frisco', I do know better than that!. Plus, who really does say Frisco anyway? I have only been to The City a couple of times so I don't know much about the place. Unfortunately, neither visits were to see my beloved 49ers..now they moved to Santa Clara..but getting off topic! Sorry again for my lame lingo!
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    Default Re: BN Meet-Up San Francisco, CA 9/19-9/21 2014

    Quote Originally Posted by kalli View Post
    Oh, sorry TL, I am not from there, didn't know the proper term! Hey, at least I didn't say 'Frisco', I do know better than that!. Plus, who really does say Frisco anyway? I have only been to The City a couple of times so I don't know much about the place. Unfortunately, neither visits were to see my beloved 49ers..now they moved to Santa Clara..but getting off topic! Sorry again for my lame lingo!
    Dear Kalli, You are forgiven, especially since you don't say "Frisco". I just wanted to clarify the public transportation terminology so we'd all be talking about the same thing. No one says "trolley" although technically there are electric busses powered by overhead trolley devices but folks just call them streetcars. Riding cable cars is great fun and I love the vintage streetcars from all over the world that run along Market Street and the Embarcadero. I haven't lived in SF for a long time but I still visit often and just love it!

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    I thought they were mainly a tourist thing, shows how much I know! Thanks for the clarification, good to know proper Bay Area terminology.
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    If I come by myself (instead of with my husband) I would be willing to share a hotel room with someone who I've met before like Trilby or Knit.

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    This sounds like so much fun... If I can make it I would love to join! I love the Bay area, and used to go every other weekend in college!
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    I might be going! ((excited))
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeperez23 View Post
    I might be going! ((excited))
    I would love to meet you!

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    Default Re: BN Meet-Up San Francisco, CA 9/19-9/21 2014

    aaaaarrrgh... (in my best Brooklyn imitation voice) youse guys are killing me here.

    If only the dates were earlier in the month.

    Dad will have 91st Bday in Ariz on the 15th and from there I am doing a road trip catching up with old friends in NM, CO, and Utah.

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    I hope you all have fun, I'll be in San Francisco on vacation there for the first time in May. I missed the meet-up in Chicago due to a high workload. As a side note, if there are any must-sees or must-dos in San Fran please let me know :-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trilby Lark View Post
    I would love to meet you!
    That would be awesome. I am going to do my best to make it.
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    OK, if Mike is going, I'm definitely going. Cestrum or Trilby, would either of you be looking to share a room? I'm a low maintenance roomie and I don't snore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by matildaben View Post
    OK, if Mike is going, I'm definitely going. Cestrum or Trilby, would either of you be looking to share a room? I'm a low maintenance roomie and I don't snore.
    Oh, a BN slumber party would be sooooooooooooo fun! I would be very up for that, but if I can manage to go to SF it will be with bf, since his bday is on 9/18, and I cannot leave him all alone on his little bday to go play with smellies and BN friends... so I am trying to see if we can do a *romantical* week long drive up the California coast and meet up with everyone in SF. He is becoming quite the connoisseur and I think he may also enjoy sniffing with the BN gang too. Thanks for asking matildaben! Hope to see you again in SF!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeperez23 View Post
    ^^^^^ Yes! This exactly, but with perfume bottles and vials in addition to pillows!
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    Lol

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    Here are some recommendations for SF shopping on another board:

    Guerlain in Niemans - Lana is a good SA to talk to about fragrance
    Union square in general
    Jacqueline near Union Square (old style)
    Gumps
    Castro district: ZGO http://www.zgostore.com/Perfume_c_326.html
    Mission district: Tigerlily perfumery http://www.tigerlilysf.com/
    Diptyque on Maiden Lane
    Le Labo in Pacific Heights

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    Awesome!
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    Default Re: BN Meet-Up San Francisco, CA 9/19-9/21 2014

    Anyone else going?
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    Default Re: BN Meet-Up San Francisco, CA 9/19-9/21 2014

    Mike, I am certainly hoping to. I'll pm you as to what's up. XXXOOO
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    Default Re: BN Meet-Up San Francisco, CA 9/19-9/21 2014

    So who else is going!!!?
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    Default Re: BN Meet-Up San Francisco, CA 9/19-9/21 2014

    I'll try to meet up with you guys on Saturday afternoon and join the counter-crawl. I'll keep an eye on this thread for further developments.

    Looking forward to seeing you all!
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    Great to hear JaimeB!!!!
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    Default Re: BN Meet-Up San Francisco, CA 9/19-9/21 2014

    The meet up is about a month and a half away.

    kalli, have you contacted any of the perfume shops / stores to let them know we're coming? It might be a good idea to have some sort of an 'organized' plan for the group.
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    ???
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    Default Re: BN Meet-Up San Francisco, CA 9/19-9/21 2014

    Kalli contacted me and I will work on this. I just got back from vacation. I am assuming people want to visit Barneys, Neiman's, Saks and such. Should I also try to schedule Hermes or Chanel's and the like? There is also a new small boutique in the Mission that carries regional houses along with the big stuff that we could hit Friday night or Sunday. Any suggestions or things people want to do?

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    Default Re: BN Meet-Up San Francisco, CA 9/19-9/21 2014

    Quote Originally Posted by kswer View Post
    Kalli contacted me and I will work on this. I just got back from vacation. I am assuming people want to visit Barneys, Neiman's, Saks and such. Should I also try to schedule Hermes or Chanel's and the like? There is also a new small boutique in the Mission that carries regional houses along with the big stuff that we could hit Friday night or Sunday. Any suggestions or things people want to do?
    kswer,

    Thanks to you for handling this!

    BTW: There's also Diptyque on Maiden Lane, and it might be worth a visit to Jacqueline, though it's not worth trying to set it up with Jacqueline.


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    I vote for the small boutique & Barney's for sure (here in Miami we already have those other stores/boutiques).
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    Default Re: BN Meet-Up San Francisco, CA 9/19-9/21 2014

    Saks= Kilian, Clive Christian, Bond, Penhaligon, etc.

    Neiman's= Guerlain(lots), Dior Privee, MFK, Atelier, Creed, etc.

    Barneys= Lutens, L'artisan, Malle, CDG, so much more.

    Chanel exclusives are at the Chanel store as are the Hermes.

    I have heard of the Jacqueline store but have not been.

    I was thinking of having everyone meet on Fiday night in the Mission at Tigerlily and do Union Square Saturday. Any thoughts? Who can commit? I would like to talk to Jonathan at Barneys to let him know a group is coming.

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    Default Re: BN Meet-Up San Francisco, CA 9/19-9/21 2014

    Not sure I can join you on Friday night.

    What time and where are we meeting on Saturday? I can make it around 1 pm, or even much earlier if I know enough in advance to have a chance to switch some other things around.

    So looking forward to meeting you all!


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    Default Re: BN Meet-Up San Francisco, CA 9/19-9/21 2014

    I can meet Friday & Saturday

    What is "Union Square" kswer?
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    Default Re: BN Meet-Up San Francisco, CA 9/19-9/21 2014

    Union Square is the main shopping area for San Francisco. All the upscale shops are there. Saks, Barneys, Neiman's, Bloomingdale's, Nordstrom's, Chanel, Hermes, Diptyque.
    So far it seems that there is not enough interest to have to forewarn the shops that a group is coming. Maybe we just meet-up and determine where we are going based on what the participants would like. I think we should check out Tigerlily Perfumes in the Mission on Friday night and then meet at Union Square on Saturday morning. But I am up for anything. Let me know if anyone needs anything set up for them.

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    Default Re: BN Meet-Up San Francisco, CA 9/19-9/21 2014

    Thanks kswer! I like the Mission on Friday & Union Square on Saturday idea.

    I am definitely attending! I'm cool with a small or big crowd of Basenoters.
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    https://mapsengine.google.com/map/ed...o.kjGITvC-J9P8

    My initial map of (most of) the perfume shops around Union Square. Works great on the desktop, pretty good on a phone browser, still a little odd when read through Google Map Engine app directly, oddly enough.

    Put me down as a maybe, but thought my map could help. IF you have anything to add to the map, any interesting details, please let me know and I'll add it in (even if it's just a great restaurant in the area, or if it's some great perfume shops in other areas of the city beyond union square). Whether I go or not, I'm happy to add in all the shops you all plan to hit

    Also, just FYI: Uber works fantastically well in SF, they're normally priced below a taxi, and I don't think I"ve ever waited more than 5 minutes. Definitely consider it as a fast, easy (though higher priced than busses) mode of transport.

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    Hi all! I've been away, but am still very much interested in helping out, especially with Saturday around Union Square. I've PMed a couple of the planners and reached out to Tama from the SF Sniff as well. Saturday will be awesome!

    Why don't we plan on meeting at 11:00 on Saturday? That's pretty much when places open...
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    Great map Uvalde!

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    11am Sat 9/19 is good for me too, but where are we meeting up? Barneys or Cafe Madeleine down O'Farrell towards Market St. Wd seem the most logical places...


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    I'm working to put together some plans. We may likely end up at meeting in the morning at Diptyque like we've done before, because they like us there and don't mind the crowd. But I still need to talk to them...
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