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My First Real Estate: Kiddie Club to Arrive at Ghirardelli Square

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Brace, San Francisco— and we mean it. Brace. By the end of this very month, a 10,000 square-foot premium play pen of sorts— Peekadoodle Kidsclub— will welcome children far and wide to its new Ghirardelli Square location. Oh wait, we mean those from Noe Valley, Pac Heights, the Marina . . . the kids whose piggy banks hold enough to cover the $2,000 yearly fee for use of facilities that include an organic cafe, kid's hair salon, Victorian-style tea party setting, WiFi— and underground parking, natch. Today's Chicago Tribune quotes Peekadoodle co-founder Kayla Lee, who had an "epiphany" in a Chicago park last year: "[After being] reduced to drinking apple juice from a kid-size straw because the concessionaire catered only to children, she envisioned something better for herself and her son. Something much better. 'Not as many dirty toys, either,' she said." Short straws! Dirty toys! The horror. If this isn't the American dream, we don't know what is.
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