Former “Currents” on Valencia Now Home to “Baggu”

A bag retailer called Baggu is now open in the former Currents space at 911 Valencia Street. Baggu, which opened Nov. 17, sells purses, tote bags, reusable grocery bags, and backpacks. The Valencia Street location is its third brick and mortar store, with the other two in Oakland and Brooklyn in addition to a large online and wholesale presence. Molly Marrone, a...
SF Barber Shop.  Photo by Lola M. Chavez

San Francisco Barber Shop Welcomes All for Free Haircuts

San Francisco Barber Shop offered free haircuts Sunday night at its shop at 3166 16th St. near Guerrero Street. “We wanted to introduce ourselves to the community alongside getting all the businesses on 16th Street together to do something for the community,” said Christopher Diez, a co-owner of the shop. Diez and his partner Anton Cura worked with Saints of Steel, a non profit that serves underprivileged...
Amanda Ngo, owner of Duc Loi supermarket.

VIDEO: SF Mission District’s Duc Loi Invites 1,000 to Lunch

Duc Loi’s Thanksgiving Day lunch will start at noon on Thursday. Amanda Ngo is still looking for volunteers – community members who are interested in helping out are asked to come by the market, located at 2200 Mission st., today.  

Indian Cuisine Opens Today In Former Nostra Space

Modern versions of classic Indian dishes will soon be served in the former Nostra Spaghetteria space on Valencia Street near 14th Street, when Babu Ji opens there. Chef Jessi Singh and his wife Jennifer already have one Babu Ji location open in New York City, their third after opening and selling two restaurants in Australia. Now, they are adding another...
The interior of Sealand Trading Inc. Photo by Laura Wenus

Mission St. Discount Store Going Out of Business

A discount goods store selling everything from clothes to small appliances to luggage on Mission near 20th Street is expected to shut down, perhaps as soon as the end of the year, its owner said. “The population has changed, there’s no more Latinos,” said owner Manny Mack, who who has kept Sealand Trading Inc. at 2469 Mission St. for 25...
File photo: The view going up Dolores Street on a cloudy day.

Developments in Development: Shifts and Uncertainty

I must have angered the universe with my last happy-go-lucky, things-are-looking-up column because now there is tension, fear, but most of all uncertainty in the air. By that I do mean the election, but I’m not sure that the election alone is at the center of the unease that seems to have touched the development and real estate world locally....
The exterior of Montella Pizzeria is as warm as the service inside.

How Do You Achieve Montella’s Pizza? Study, Practice, Study

Luigi “Gigi” Montella’s culinary direction was crystal clear. There is one way to make Neapolitan cuisine – “Gigi’s way.” Montella left nothing to speculation. Variation in production, ingredient quality, or presentation was simply not permitted. Now, one of his disciples has opened a pizzeria bearing Montella’s name on 24th Street. 20 years ago, pizzeria called Toto’s completely under Gigi’s control was graced...
The 20 Mission building and future home of Café Laundré seen from 20th Street. Photo by Laura Wenus

Café and Laundromat Headed for Former T-Mobile on 20th and Mission

A combination laundromat and café will occupy the space at the corner of Mission and 20th streets come January in the form of Laundré. The café-laundromat will feature a full-scale coffee bar alongside energy-efficient laundry machines and free soap with every wash. Owner Ariana Roviello noted that while a typical wash-and-dry cycle takes about 90 minutes to two hours, it will...
Multikulti at 539 Valencia St. Photo by Joe Rivano Barros.

Multikulti on Valencia Street to Close After 16 Years

The clothing and accessories shop Multikulti, which has been on Valencia Street for the past 16 years, is shutting its doors in a month and a half, its owner said, because of a rent spike. “The rent is gonna increase,” said Reda Darwish, adding that he was presented with a three-year lease option that would have cost him $5,000 a...
Members of the public hold signs Inside the board of Supervisors at a discussion of short term rentals in 2015.

Judge Rejects Airbnb’s Objections to SF Homesharing Law

A federal district court judge on Tuesday denied homesharing company Airbnb, Inc. its request for an injunction against a San Francisco law aimed at protecting local rental housing stock from being used as tourist lodging. Further discussions will be held in court, however, about the enforceability of the regulation. The law, authored by District 9 Supervisor David Campos, prohibits homesharing...
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Cuban Sandwiches Headed for Former Radish Space

Eater reports that the recently shuttered Radish on 19th and Lexington is slated to become Media Noche, a fast-casual dining spot offering Cuban flavors via Miami – that includes sandwiches, meat and rice bowls, empanadas, sangrias, and ice cream popsicles. The concept draws talent from several local eateries like Tacolicious, Delfina, Beretta, and Barzotto. Dishes fall mostly into the $12-$16 range, and the...
Doorways. (Armand Emamdjomeh)

Developments in Development: Where to Go?

Voters seem to have a bit of a love-hate relationship with tech – at least that’s what Curbed has found when comparing a recent survey of voters (commissioned by the pro-development Rise SF) that found most blame both the tech industry and the city for housing costs, and a 2015 survey (commissioned by a mayoral aide) that found most voters...
The Lucky Candles shop at 3525 20th St. Photo by Lola M. Chavez

Santería Store in SF Mission Facing Eviction

A mainstay of the Mission District for 27 years, the Lucky Candles botanica at 3525 20th St. will be moving or going out of business because the new building owners will be conducting a city-mandated seismic retrofit of the property. Lucky Candle’s owner, Miriam Castillo, who has lived in the Mission for most of her life, said she has no idea where...
Outside of Dog Eared Books on Valencia.

Dog-Eared Books, Zeitgeist Added to Legacy Business Registry

Five more small businesses have joined the city’s Legacy Business Registry, including two in the Mission: Dog-Eared Books and Zeitgeist. The registry, which formally acknowledges selected small businesses for their impact on their surrounding communities, allows business owners the to apply for yearly Business Assistance Grants of $500 per employee (capped at 100 employees), and provides crucial leverage in negotiating...