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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...
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Bissap Baobab is Back with “Sundays at the Village”

On a rainy Sunday, the windows at Little Baobab fogged up with aromatic steam from rice, fish, and bean cake. Latin beats floated through the walls. Jewelry and colorful printed fabrics were stacked high. Feet tapped on the floor and two friends danced in the front of the band. It was a Sunday at the Village – a new weekly event at...
Modern Times Book Store on 24th Street

Modern Times Ends 45 Years in SF’s Mission District

Our Friends at Modern Times Bookstore issued the following press release late today: On November 15, Modern Times Bookstore Collective will be closing on the 45th anniversary of doing business in San Francisco’s Mission District. Despite the small staff’s best efforts the store could not sustain itself following its move to 24th Street in the face of an untenable rent...
Debbie Santiago, the owner of The Hair Place and More, located at 3166 22nd St., is collecting winter clothing and other necessities to send to Native American protesters fighting against the construction of a pipeline on their lands in North Dakota. Photo by Laura Waxmann

Local Hairstylist Rallies Support for Standing Rock

As the name of the hair salon fittingly suggests, customers who walk through the doors of The Hair Place and More at 3166 22nd St., are usually in for much more than a trim. A mural depicting indigenous traditions decorates the wall opposite the salon’s entrance and is placed intentionally to greet customers and to evoke questions. Handmade jewelry and...
Photo by Lola M. Chavez

Eat, Drink, and Shop for Mission Bernal Fire Relief

Four months after the fire that wiped out several businesses along the Mission Street corridor near 29th Street, the businesses are still trying to get back on their feet – and invite neighbors to come indulge to support them. Secession Art & Design, Coronitas Bar and Grill, and Old Devil Moon are each hosting fundraisers for the Mission Bernal Merchant Fire...
July  2015. Photo by Lydia Chávez

Trump Supporters Kicked Out of Zeitgeist Bar for Lewd Comments

Bouncers at the bar Zeitgeist in the Mission District threw out two Donald Trump supporters and followed them into the street, yelling at them to “Just go” and chasing them down the sidewalk, according to a video narrated by the Trumpistas. The manager of the bar, however, said the men were ejected for making rude remarks to a bartender. “The gentleman...
Photo by Liliana Michelena

Trim and Talk: Juan Gabriel Trumps the Donald

Trim and Talk is an occasional series from the Mission’s salons.  Amidst the ridicule of Donald Trump’s unchallenged appointment with Mexico’s president, Enrique Peña Nieto, the pieces are starting to fall. Univision has finally changed its all-day Juan Gabriel broadcast into criticism of the deposed finance minister, Luis Videgaray, and attention to the September 26 U.S. presidential debate. Not that...
Photo by Laura Newberry

SF Mission Tattoo Parlor Tagged for Trump Ties

A Mission District tattoo parlor was graffitied for the second time on Monday night after activists charged on social media that the tattoo shop was owned by “racist, right-wing, xenophobic, anti-immigrant Trump supporters” and asserted that its logo contains a swastika. Ben Volt and Matt Brown, the owners of the Form8 tattoo shop at 3049 22nd St. on the corner with Shotwell Street, emphatically denied these...
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Trump Piñata Sales Soar in SF’s Mission

Deport Trump. That’s the statement that stops pedestrians in front of Casa Bonampak at 1051 Valencia St. But it’s not just the sign that catches the eye. All day long, people are stopping outside the Mexican art and craft store to gawk at Trump piñatas. With their tiny hands and oversized empty heads, the Trump piñatas are a perfect likeness...
Jose Quinonez, 2016 MacArthur Fellow. Photo courtesy of Mission Asset Fund

Local Financial Services Innovator Rewarded ‘Genius Grant’

José Quiñonez has spent the past decade helping immigrants like himself build their credit. Now, the founder and CEO of the Mission Asset Fund, located at 3269 Mission St., is one of four local leaders honored by the prestigious MacArthur Foundation “Genius Grant.” The grant recognizes leaders in various areas of public concern who are striving to make a difference in...
Photo by Lola M. Chavez

Keeping Legacy of Iconic Queer Bar Alive

City leaders, members of the queer community, old regulars and many others who have had a hard time letting go of the shuttered Lexington Club gathered at its former space at 3464 19th St. on Monday afternoon to immortalize the popular Mission dive bar with a sidewalk plaque. Known to many as the last lesbian stronghold in the Mission, the...
Marquis Harmon talking to a group of tech workers. Photo by Sawsan Morrar

Tech Workers Confront Privilege

San Francisco tech workers and their friends packed the Gray Area Art & Technology Theater on Tuesday in an effort to talk about one thing: racism. “How many of you get stopped at the airport?” Marquis Harmon asked. Harmon addressed the largely white audience of about 40 people, discussing racism against the black community and the prison industrial complex. He...
The corner of Valencia and 20th streets will be the site of the Mission's newest medical center.

Sutter Health Center Takes Root in SF Mission Condominium Building

The Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation is moving a new healthcare center into the currently empty retail spaces at the bottom of the five-story condominium building at 899 Valencia St., set to open in mid-November. The development houses 18 condominiums and three empty spaces on its ground floor, all of which will be occupied by the outpatient healthcare facility in an effort...