V20 Condos Begin Their Marketing (Curbed)

As Curbed  SF reports, the 18-unit condo building currently being constructed on 20th and Valencia launched its website and begins preregistration today. While the website is fairly humble, Curbed thinks the prices for the condos will be anything but: The condos are a mix of two- and three-bedrooms and average 1,300 square feet of space. […]

Enter the Void 2: Hip and Empty in the Internet Age

Consider the marketing language of the Mission’s newly opened mixed-use developments: “Indie boutiques, avant-garde residences and a lively arts scene distinguish the new commerce of the area,” reads the brochure of the newly-built 1515 15th Street project. According to its website, Vara at 15th and Mission is “a chic retreat located in one of San […]

Arizmendi: Inside a Thriving Bakery

What happens when bakers can’t afford to live in San Francisco? How is a worker-owned cooperative managed? Is food a luxury? The idealists and hardworking bakers at the Mission-based Arizmendi Bakery discuss their views on these questions, along with their joys and concerns, in this original Mission Local video.

VIDEO: Soccer Madness – A Curse and A Blessing

Soccer fans filled the streets on Sunday afternoon, gathering in martini bars and Mexican restaurants along Valencia Street to watch the United States play against Portugal in the World Cup. Blondie’s and La Rondalla each drew passionate crowds who were at the edge of their seats towards the end of an exciting game. Spirits were […]

Cinco de Mayo on Valencia

The festival  moved this year to Valencia for the first time.  At least since the first time I’ve been here. It started off slowly this morning, but then built up speed during the day. Send your photos to missionlocal@gmail.com and we will add them to the gallery.

Photographs of the Mission at Chrome’s Grand Opening

San Francisco-based photographer Travis Jensen’s photographs of the Mission will be on display today at Chrome Industries grand opening party on 962 Valencia Street.    Jensen has lived in San Francisco since he was 18-years-old and has published multiple books of his photographs living in the city. The grand opening party for the bicycle accessory and […]

Little Joy on Valencia — Circa December, 2008

This article was first published on December 21, 2008 and is a reminder that Valencia Street had rougher times.  In what many retailers on Valencia Street said is the worst holiday season they’ve experienced, furniture stores reported the greatest pain while thrift stores said they were benefiting from the more cautious spender. Only a store that […]

Mission’s New Condos Built Atop Old Gas Stations (and Leaky Gas Tanks)

Amid so much new development in the city, it would be easy for the 42 condos proposed for the corner of 23rd and Valencia to become but a footnote in the stacks of building proposals lining the desks of planning officials. But the proposed development is notable for another reason — it is also part […]

Future Formula Retail Test on Valencia?

The next battle over chain stores on the increasingly gentrified Valencia Street has likely arrived. Aesop, an upscale Australian perfume retailer, and San Francisco messenger bag company Chrome Industries, confirmed to Mission Local that they plan to move into a vacant Valencia Street storefront early next year. If recent history is any indication, it’s the […]

1050 Valencia Development Must Scale Back

Neighbors unhappy with a planned condo-and-restaurant development at 1050 Valencia Street won a preliminary victory this week when a city appeals board voted Wednesday to reduce the size of the project and impose several conditions aimed at making it more compatible with the neighborhood. After a nearly four-hour hearing the San Francisco Board of Appeals […]

Loló Will Soon Move to Valencia Street

The school of meditation and healing on Valencia Street is about to get a friendly new neighbor. Loló, a family-owned restaurant known for their unique spin on Mexican cuisine and vibrant decor, will be moving to 974 Valencia Street sometime between mid-December and early January. Juan Carlos Ruelas, one of the owners of Loló, says […]

Final Appeal Near for Foes of 1050 Valencia

Opponents of a Valencia Street condominium and restaurant development in the planning stages since 2007 are gearing up for a final chance to block the project or persuade city officials to scale it back. Two separate people have filed appeals with the San Francisco Board of Appeals questioning whether plans for 1050 Valencia Street jibe […]

VIDEO: Betabrand

From cordarounds, bomber jacket hoodies, to pinstriped-fleeced blazers, Betabrand offers up some of the most eclectic threads on Valencia Street today.  Here, Mission Local takes a closer look at the “crowd-built clothing company” that grew from a once online-only brand to opening its first retail storefront in May 2013. Betabrand 780 Valencia Street (800) 694-9491  

Does the Mission Have Too Many Restaurants?

It’s 2:30 on a Monday afternoon and only two diners are enjoying the Indian-fusion street food at Curry Up Now, which opened on Valencia between 17th and 18th in February. “Business has been okay,” says the restaurant’s manager, Jonathan Abuel. “But we really make our money at night.” Curry Up Now, which features tacos and […]

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