On Saturday, July 30th from 4 to 8 p.m., Secession Art and Design will host a Pickup Party benefitting the businesses destroyed by the Mission Bernal Fire more than a month ago.
The 3300 Club, the neighborhood bar that stood on that corner for more than 50 years, sustained only water damage but is still trying to figure out how to reopen. In the meantime, they’re selling T-shirts and Cole Hardware, whose building is being demolished, is taking online orders, and orders for both products can be picked up at Saturday’s fundraiser – those wishing to go that route can select the free pickup at Secession option at checkout.
Along with grabbing orders, enjoying a glass of wine and chatting with the staff of Mission Street businesses, guests can donate to the ongoing fund for merchant fire relief – Secesssion’s Eden Stein says businesses are still waiting for city funding and insurance to kick in, and the association will offer small grants to merchants until they can reopen.
From the Mission Bernal Merchant Association:
Our hearts are focused on our neighborhood rebuilding. Just days after the fire, many of the resilient businesses on the 3300 block of Mission began figuring out next steps and how to reopen. Demolition is starting to happen, and everyone is helping everyone. A month has gone by since the fire but many businesses are still waiting for insurance and emergency city funding. The MBMA hopes to to raise capital, awareness, and support these legacy businesses during this transition.
Another fundraiser is planned for August 7 at Bird and Beckett Books, with proceeds of the benefit going directly to the 3300 Club. The event, at 653 Chenery Street at 2 p.m., will feature readings from poets including Q. R. Hand, Kim Shuck and Avotcja.