A barista takes an order at Tiny Warrior Coffee. Glen Mathews, owner of the restaurant, says that wage increase helps keep San Francisco culture vibrant. Photo by Ben Paviour

Beginning this May, San Francisco businesses must pay their employees $12.25 an hour. The voter-approved Proposition J will see the hourly rate rise to $15 in July of 2018.

In the Mission, the near-closure of Borderlands Books – which cited the costs of the increase as a reason for going out of business – brought renewed attention to the effect of the increase on small businesses. (Borderlands later announced it would remain open thanks to a successful fundraising campaign.)

We spoke to other neighborhood business owners to see how their businesses are adjusting to the new wage.

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Ben Paviour

Reporter at Mission Local. Writer at Google.

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