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Smitten Ice Cream Returns to its SF Roots

The wagon set up on the streets of the Mission back in 2009 is poised to return early summer of 2016 as a full-grown ice cream shop. Robyn Sue Fisher, fresh from Stanford with an MBA,  began Smitten Ice Cream by selling frozen treats in the Mission district out of a Radio Flyer®. Since then, she has opened shops in...
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Hayes Valley Kebab Makers Move to SF Mission

Hayes & Kebab, a Hayes Valley restaurant demolished to make way for new construction, has resurfaced in the Mission as Valencia & Kebabs at 525 Valencia St.. It is taking over the former location of the Indian restaurant Gajalee. “It’s how we cook food in Kurdistan,” explained Emin Tekin, who along with his brother Bawer co-owns the restaurant as well...
The Planning Commission's seven members. Photo by Joe Rivano Barros.

Potential New Restrictions on SF Formula Retail Face Opposition

Stronger restrictions on formula retail — chain stores — could be coming to San Francisco in the next few months, but they are facing significant opposition, a Planning Commission meeting last night showed. In the Mission, the Valencia Street commercial corridor and its merchants’ association has a history of fiercely opposing formula retail, most notably with its opposition to the entry...
A sign announces Currents' plans to shut down.

Online Biz, Rising Rents Close Valencia St. Stores

After losing much of their business to online sales and facing steadily rising rents, two businesses on San Francisco’s Valencia Street will shutter and two will relocate by mid-February. Another business has already shut down, and two others in the two-block stretch worry about their futures.  Lost Weekend Video, after 18 years on Valencia Street, will relocate to inside the Alamo...
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SF Mission’s Lost Weekend Video to Relocate to Alamo Drafthouse

Come February, Lost Weekend Video will depart its storefront on Valencia Street, where it has rented out films for some 18 years, and will move to the New Mission Theater. The video store will become part of a partnership with the Alamo Drafthouse to preserve two collections of hard-to-find films — both Lost Weekend’s collection and the Le Video Archive. The store will...
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Cierra El Majahual en La Misión Después de 23 Años

El restaurante El Majahual, ubicado en el 1142 de la calle Valencia cerca de la 23 cerró la semana pasada. Su dueño, Hernando Ledesma, dijo que abrirá un restaurante colombiano nuevo en San Leandro, más cerca de su casa en Oakland. “Estoy muy contento”, dijo Ledesma respecto a su decisión. Él dijo que la oportunidad de tener un restaurante en...
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El Majahual in SF Mission Closing After 23 Years

El Majahual restaurant at 1142 Valencia St. near 23rd is closing next week, according to its owner Hernando Ledesma, who said he is starting a new Colombian restaurant in San Leandro, closer to his home in Oakland. “I’m so happy,” Ledesma said of the move. The opportunity to own rather than lease a restaurant was too good to pass up, Ledesma said, and though...
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SF Mission Clothier DEMA to Close in February

Weeks after celebrating her 18th year on 1038 Valencia Street, Dema Grim, owner and designer at the clothing store DEMA, is having the first of several closing sales. She’ll be moving out in February. “It’s not sad, it’s a little bittersweet,” Grim said. “I turned 50 and decided it’s not for me anymore.” The move comes not as the result of...
File Photo; Meditators in the window of the ATA in the early morning sunshine.

Quirky SF Mission Alt-Film Space ATA Lives On

ATA, or Artists’ Television Access, signed a renewed lease on November 13, securing its space at 992 Valencia Street for another five years. The announcement comes after a tense few weeks, during which ATA’s all-volunteer staff weighed a substantial rent increase against the ability to stay in place on on a rapidly changing commercial corridor where prices have exploded. Ultimately, the film space was...
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Would-Be Fire at Boogaloos Leaves No Damage (Updated)

A pseudo-fire broke out Sunday night around 10 p.m. at Boogaloos on the corner of 22nd and Valencia streets due to rags that “spontaneously combusted” but were doused before flaring up. “I wouldn’t say it was really a fire,” said Mindy Talmadge, a spokesperson for the fire department. “It was actually a bag of rags that were soaked with chemicals that...
The historic Boogaloo's facade. Photo: Joe Rivano Barros / Mission Local.

Boogaloos to Stay Open, For Now

Despite concerns that the neighborhood diner might be shutting its doors as early as this month, Boogaloos will be staying open through December, but faces an uncertain future after that. “For sure we’re not leaving in September,” said co-owner Carolyn Blair Brandeis. “We’ll be staying open at least through Christmas, that’s our plan.” Blair Brandeis said the uncertainty is due to recent...
Lisa Kellman and Dino Lucas. Photo by Laura Wenus

Scarlet Sage Celebrates 20 Years, Changes Hands

Lisa Kellman and Dino Lucas are tired, but it’s the kind of fatigue that comes after a day’s work well done. Or in their case, after 20 years’ work well done. The couple, joint owners of the Scarlet Sage apothecary, have retired after pouring some 50 to 60 hours a week into what started as a tiny shop on 22nd...
The block where Chocolatier  Blue was unable to make it. Photo by Lydia Chávez

Is SF’s Valencia St Too Expensive for Its Own Good?

With the exit of Chocolatier Blue Parlor at a site going for $10 a square foot and the appearance of other empty storefronts, it’s beginning to seem to some that Valencia Street has become unsustainable for the independent artisans that it has long attracted. Instead, the street has started to attract retailers and restaurants that are not chains — a formula...
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Quirky Viracocha Appears to Have Closed Its Doors

It appears that the doors have officially closed at Viracocha at 998 Valencia, the quirky, vintage shop and spontaneous art space that opened in 2010. Its last listed event took place on July 31st. Even after getting a license in September 2014 to have entertainment, it appears that making the rent was still difficult. Although the owner Jonathan Siegel could not be reached...
Bruce Tomb makes it official and cuts the ribbon for the parklet. Photo by Cristiano Valli

Art Wall Opens for Debate

Sunday was the ribbon cutting for the Valencia art wall’s new parklet by Bruce Tomb, the curator and creator of the art wall that lives on the face of the old Mission jail that has been his home and architecture studio since 1996. The parklet won’t actually have seats, but it does have two podiums that face one another and...