A good thing about San Francisco is that City Hall will not allow big shopping malls in the city.There are for instance no Walmarts in San Francesco. There are big malls but they are way out on the perimeter. The city is full of quirky, charming, little shops.
This is where I take my flute for its annual overhaul. Daniel is a great guy.
I am always surprised on returning to Europe by the vitriol that normally reasonable folk vent on Starbucks. I like Starbucks but I have only been in US Starbucks, maybe the overseas ones have smelly toilets and rude staff. Anyway, a central theme is that Starbucks have strangled the native coffee shop species. I cannot actually remember ever going to a coffee shop in Britain when I lived there but that was some time ago. We went to the pub. Anyway there are loads of Starbucks in the City but also loads and loads of fantastic independent coffee shops.
These places all offer many different excellent coffees, chais etc, fresh sandwiches, pastries, sofas, armchairs, fast wireless. The staff are friendly, quirky and fun. I suppose if people want to get rid of Starbucks they should open some competition
The vitriol chucked at Starbucks stems mostly from their use of the tax rules. Despite a large turnover, they pay little tax. it means that large international companies can crush small ones, who do have to pay tax. I can recommend “Treasure Islands” or “The Great Tax Robbery” , but you will not be cheered up. For instance, Scotland now makes very little money from whisky. Damn shame.
You should come visit us in Brighton! Many cute little coffee houses and bespoke shops – although probably not quite as whacky as SF! Lxxx