January 31st, 2012

February is an utterly unique month. It is singular for having the shortest number of days, even with Leap Year (Feb. 29), but also for the unusual and diverse events and holidays. What other month opens with something as humorous as Groundhog Day (Feb. 2) and works its way through to the pious Presidents Day (Feb. 20) and includes the erotic and romantic Valentine’s Day (Feb. 14) and later Fat Tuesday (Feb. 21), known more commonly as Mardi Gras, a day to gorge and indulge before Lent for Catholics (Feb. 22 – April 5).

We have some new products and special deals for this month that are also noteworthy. Our Valentine’s Special includes our most popular gifts and there are some other special events of our own, including a Hollywood Rides a Bike: Cycling with the Stars book signing by author, Steven Rea that might be worth putting on your calendar (Feb. 24) if you are in the Bay Area. This is a great warm up event to the Oscars which also occurs in this special month (Feb. 26). Check out Marilyn Monroe riding alongside playwright Arthur Miller in the photo above.

Maira Kalman and Michael Pollan
Book Party in Berkeley
If you live in the Bay Area chances are you are probably familiar with the restaurant Chez Panisse and author Michael Pollan.  You may not know that Maira Kalman illustrated Pollan’s book, Food Rules and that Alice Waters supports it through a special Edible School Yard Project in Berkeley. Maira is a longtime friend and we have been supporters of the Edible School Yard Project dating back to the 90’s. Reserve an autographed copy of the recently released hard cover edition, meet Maira Kalman, and have a glass of wine and nibbles at Chez Panisse this Sunday from 12-3.
Valentines Day. Anywhere.
Forget about taking your sweetie to an overcrowded restaurant decked out in red and pink. Take him or her on bike ride to some romantic destination with a picnic lunch or dinner. We have a few special items on sale for the holiday also.
Hollywood Rides a Bike
Book Party at PUBLIC Store in San Francisco
Over a year ago a friend sent me a link to a cool blog called Rides a Bike. It has fantastic vintage photos of all types of movie stars on bicycles. It has the same people interest as the Sartorialist in many ways but with old Hollywood charm.  The blog is the work of Philadelphia film critic Steven Rea, and this led to his recently released book. We are delighted to have Rea in our store on Friday night Feb. 24 from 6-8 pm for a talk and book signing.  Space is limited and we expect a large crowd for this. Please RSVP for a seat and a book.