From Google, Maybe, to Chocolate Yes

It looked earlier this year that Google or another tech company would be moving into the old Howard Quinn Printing Building at 298 Alabama Street.

Instead, it will be Dandelion Chocolate.

The chocolate company on Valencia Street made the announcement earlier today saying the Valencia store will remain open and the new location will be used for production.   The company said they had more than 300 retailers on its waiting lost for the chocolate bars.

“Staying in San Francisco, specifically in the Mission was key and the new location is a perfect fit for Dandelion,” wrote Jennifer Roy in a press release. ” The building used to be the Howard Quinn printing company.”

There is more about the move here. 

Roy also said the chocolate company will be opening a kiosk on June 3 in the Ferry Building.

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  1. ThatGuy

    While I do like their product, I’d rather see tech go in there…

    • two beers

      Says thatguy, who hates renters and workers, and loves gentrification and rich people….Let me guess: office space is better for your property values/rents than production space?

      Quod erat demonstratum.

  2. Rick

    Cool – production, not tech. Real jobs for the Mission.

    • two beers

      Only if you expand the definition of “production” to encompass intangible intellectual property..

      • Old Mission Neighbor

        Wasn’t this going to be a robotics lab? That’s tangible,

      • John

        TwoBeers, somebody produced the hardware, software, network and servers that enabled you to make that comment. So in what sense has that technology not added value to your life?

        I’d be willing to speculate that you can live without chocolate but cannot live without technology.

  3. Blexxxxch

    Poor little Google. Oh no. Now the gentrifiers are sad.

    • rod

      i’m hoping your comment was meant to be ironic and you don’t somehow think that a company that exists to sell white people $12 chocolate bars in the mission isn’t a contributor to gentrification.

  4. pete

    Hopefully it will make the hood smell like chocolate. Which begs the question…where are the protests to counter the gentrifying effect of masking the offensive odors that linger around there? They’re trying to make the mission smell better! This will not stand!!

    • marcos

      We’ll have to wait for the offshore flow for the chocolate aromas to waft westward…we never got to smell the twinkles baking nor the mash of Anchor Brewery…

    • Missy District

      A Phrase to Watch

      Not long ago, I gently noted (again) our frequent misuse of the phrase “beg the question.” I pointed out that in precise usage, it does not mean “to raise the question” or “to beg that the question be asked” or even “to evade the question.” Rather, it refers to a circular argument; it means “to use an argument that assumes as proved the very thing one is trying to prove.”

      After my latest complaint, which included several examples of lapses, a couple of colleagues asked if I could supply some examples of the traditional, precise use.

      That’s not easy if we stick to The Times. Out of 17 uses in the last year (many in quotes), I found only two that were basically right. They’re too complicated to summarize, but if you’re interested, here they are, in a magazine item and a response to a letter in the Book Review.


      Instead, I’ll try to clarify the meaning with a pair of made-up examples. Imagine that we’re discussing Lindsay Lohan.

      YOU: I can’t understand why the news media give so much coverage to Lindsay Lohan. It’s ridiculous. She’s not that important or newsworthy.

      ME: What? Of course she’s important and newsworthy! Lindsay Lohan is a big deal. Why, just look at the newsstand. People magazine, The Post, you name it. She’s everywhere.

      YOU: That begs the question.

      ME: Huh?

      Your use of the phrase is correct. In arguing that Lindsay is important enough to merit heavy news coverage, I cite as evidence the fact that she gets heavy news coverage. It’s a circular argument that begs the question.


      But imagine this conversation.

      ME: I can’t understand why all the news media give so much coverage to Lindsay Lohan. It’s ridiculous.

      YOU: I’m sure they do it just to sell papers and magazines.

      ME: Yeah — which begs the question, why do people want to read about her?

      YOU: That’s not begging the question. That’s simply raising the question.

      ME: Huh?

      My use is incorrect, though it is becoming extremely common. There’s even a Web site dedicated to stamping out this abuse of the term ( You can print out handy cards that explain the correct meaning, and pass them out to strangers if you hear them misusing the phrase. (I am not endorsing this approach.)

  5. marcos

    Yay, actual light manufacturing!

    • John

      Technology isn’t making products and services?

      You evidently have a very low opinion of your own profession.

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