It's important to find a place to keep cool old stuff to ensure it's preserved for generations to come, which is one of several reasons you keep Grandma Dorothy in Coventry Park. The others being her incessant stealing and racially insensitive remarks. For a new boutique keeping the awesomeness of SF's past in mint condition, Gangs of San Francisco, opening Thursday.
The first brick 'n mortar for SF's resident history-diggin' tee-maker, GOSF is a walk-in-closet-sized boutique in Lower Haight mostly blanketed in found wood (including a smattering of old whiskey/wine cases) with popped-open vintage suitcases and aluminum pipe racks brimming with SF history-referencing short-sleeves. All of the shirts reference SF's bygone institutions, forgotten urban legends, and old-timey coalitions (and come with deep-cut historical background info), like the Devil's Acre (a murderers' row-esque strip of Kearny back in the Barbary Coast days), or the Bear Flag Rebels, who're the NorCal dudes behind the short-lived Republic of California that existed before it became a state
that's untouchable like Eliot Ness. And because no shop this soaked in age-old SF lore would be complete without one, there's even a vintage liquor cabinet stashed behind one of the dressing room curtains stocked with high-quality booze that'll allegedly be busted out after-hours, plus a beer fridge under the register counter, in case you want your change back in 40s.
Just for kicks, they'll also be selling one-offs like a Rudolph Sutro pillow, vintage SF history books, and two new ltd edition tees only available during Thursday's grand opening party, including a short-sleeve with awesome logo-ing from the burger chain Zim's, which is now defunct, much like Grandma Dorothy's sense of right & wrong.