Despite 90-degree temperatures, crowds flocked to yesterday's Cole Valley Fair to browse booths staffed by nearly a hundred vendors, listen to live music, celebrate the City's diverse culture, and yes, eat, drink and be merry. Although the festival was considerably more tame than the doings across town on Folsom Street, fun appeared to have been had by all.
The event had a bittersweet note: after more than 30 years serving the neighborhood, Alpha Market made its final sale yesterday afternoon. Owner Abe Saba was on hand to take photos with customers and say goodbye. But he'll still be visible around the neighborhood: he told us he expects to be back on Cole Street "drinking coffee, and checking in" at Cole Valley Pets, his other business.
Here are some snapshots from yesterday's fair:As did his rival, incumbent Sup. London Breed:
Cole valley came alive today in heat! I have to give up to all the community organizations that brought this amazing event together - bravo! pic.twitter.com/MFITRucmfB— London Breed (@LondonBreed) September 26, 2016