Most San Franciscans speed walk through Union Square. We use it exclusively as a short cut to avoid the crowded sidewalks. Rarely do any of us take the time to linger and appreciate its beauty. Too bad. Because it really is an ‘urban oasis’ just as the Visit Union Square website has described it.
I think that one of the best times to visit is early Sunday morning. I discovered this two years ago when I was taking One-on-One classes at the Apple store on Stockton. After class I would grab a cup of coffee at the Peet’s kiosk in front of Macy’s and head up to Union Square to my favorite bench (sorry, can’t tell where – I have to keep some secrets!). If I was hungry I stopped in at the Chancellor Hotel’s restaurant for the best chilaquiles (and no long wait).
So, my penchant for visiting Union Square on Sunday mornings is what caused me to find a world I had no idea existed until just four hours ago. The world and people of ‘Sunday Mornings at Williams-Sonoma’. And what a lovely world it is. First of all, is the store is beautiful and it smells good. The sales staff is attentive. And they offer complimentary technique classes on Sundays.
This class was full of regulars – some traveling as far as the East Bay. I can understand why. It is a chance to sample many of the prepared products that Williams-Sonoma sells before purchasing. And to see specialty cookware demonstrated.
The teacher, Aaron, was well-prepared, easy to understand and charming.
His assistant, Carla, worked with great efficiency. And, I met lovely people who love to cook. Is there anything better than having someone cook for you on a Sunday morning? To paraphrase Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s – it’s hard to imagine anything bad happening to you at Williams-Sonoma.