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NEWS: Big Daddy's Antiques expands to S.F.

  • SF - CA  Sometimes big things come in small packages. Other times, well, nature dictates that big things just have to come in even bigger packages. And it's those large-scale, leftover wonders of the world that occasionally find their way into an artful landscape of salvage at Big Daddy's Antiques.

    The 18-year-old Los Angeles shop spread to San Francisco in late fall. Adjacent to Thee Parkside in Potrero Hill, it anchors the ever-widening eastern design district.

    Famed for his business' substantial real estate at the Alameda Point Antiques and Collectibles Faire, owner Shane Brown had wanted to make the move for years. "We do extremely well there, and everyone was bummed out that we weren't in San Francisco full time," says Brown. The right space - a 13,000-square-foot warehouse spaciously crafted in the 1920s to build ships - was the final lure.

    Big Daddy's lives up to the name with a catchall of outsize pieces - from rusted old store signage to 7-foot-tall wood birdcages and perhaps even, yes, a model schooner (actually a Treasure Island movie prop).

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