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Target Has Arrived; Stacy London Is Coming; So Are the Pumpkins

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Welcome to Racked SF, where local fashion blogger Kristen Philipkoski reports on retail comings and goings around San Francisco. Philipkoski has been living and shopping in San Francisco for 20 years, and she blogs about it over at Stylenik.com. Seen a store open, close, or otherwise claim your attention? Hit the tipline, s'il vous plait

This week Target has opened to much fanfare and/or consternation. Which camp are you in? There's lots more retail news too, including an opportunity to make out in a tent and few reasons not to be sad that Indian Summer will end soon.

1. SOMA: The first Target within city limits has finally arrived in our fine foggy city. No more trecking to Daly City for Champion jog bras, baby car seats, bathroom supplies, or the store's latest designer collab. People are freaking out, either in horror or elation. If you are in the latter camp, remain calm and head to the former Metreon space at the corner of 4th and Mission, which underwent a two-year, $30 million facelift, to buy pretty much anything your heart desires (except patio furniture and larger stuff that the city space can't accomodate). We still predict you won't escape spending less than a few hundred bucks. Soft opening was Wednesday, grand opening is this Sunday. [Huffington Post]

2. Marin and SOMA: Stacy London, the woman from TV's What Not to Wear who chucks Disney sweatshirts and Crocs from sartorially-challenged folks' closets, is coming to Book Passage in Corte Madera (51 Tamal Vista Blvd.) tonight at 7pm to sign her new memoir The Truth About Style. Apparently she's not always had it easy herself in the self-image department: the book describes her history of psoriasis and anorexia. She'll style eight women live at the events to show how a new look can transform a person's presence and confidence. Tomorrow she'll be in San Francisco at the Westfield Centre from 12-2. [7x7]

3. Treasure Island: Workshop SF, everyone's favorite DIY how-to center, is setting up, well, shop at the Treasure Island Music Festival this weekend. Instructors will be on hand to help you make dream catchers, friendship bracelets, fringed tee shirts, terrariums, headbands, beer koozies and more, mostly for free. You can even earn merit badges and wear them on your denim sash. Tents will be available for post-crafting celebratory make-out sessions. [Workshop SF on Facebook]

4. Noe Valley: Mill Mercantile, the Unionmade sister store that we've all been so excited about, has just given us a reason not to go there. They've launched an online shop. [Refinery 29]

5. Half Moon Bay: Did you know this seaside town just down the coast is the pumpkin capital of the world? It is according to them, anyway. World dominant or not, their annual Art and Pumpkin Festival is a hoot, and it's happening this weekend from 9am to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday. Get in on pancake breakfasts both days, and a parade on Saturday. It's their 42nd year in business so they must be doing something right! [7x7]

6. Oakland: McMullen is at it again with another not-to-be-missed shindig. This time the Piedmont boutique is hosting a double-billed trunk show featuring two designers: Souchi's cozy sweaters, capes and ponchos, with designer Suzi Johnson; plus must-have clutches by Clare Vivier and the eponymous designer herself. Both will be on hand to chat about inspiration for their latest creations and how to wear them. Oh, and there will be pie! Mini pies from PieTisserie to be precise. All this fun and more will be had on Thursday (that's today!) from 1 to 7pm at Mcmullen,1235 Grand Avenue. Oakland: [McMullen blog]

7. Inner Richmond: Continuing with the Indian Summer end-days theme, Seedstore is hosting a launch party for Pendleton's second Portland Collection on Thursday evening from 5 to 8pm. You'll get the city's first look at the line's luscious textiles, plus (perhaps surprisingly) tailored and refined dresses, skirts, tops, menswear and, of course, sweaters. There will be giveaways and an off-the-charts comfy factor! It's from 5-8 on Thursday at 212 Clement between 3rd and 4th Avenues. RSVP here. [Seedstore on Facebook]

8. Oakland: Check out Refinery 29's tour of a spanking new store with a weirdly awesome name: Standard & Strange. Anyone who mixes chocolate and socks is A-OK in our book. [Refinery 29]

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