Copy Central Mission to shutter next Friday

Friday, March 15 will be the last day to get any copies or printing done at Mission Bernal’s Copy Central Mission at 3181 Mission St. The copy store, which has been operating at the same location for more than 30 years, is calling it quits due to financial pressures.

Copy Central’s owner, Carolina Vallejo, said she originally bought the business from its previous owner back in 2011 when she was just 21 years old. Vallejo had worked there as a teen, and had been squirreling away money to travel abroad when she was, instead, offered the business.

But business has slowed over the past couple of years, Vallejo said, and she’s unwilling to prop it up with her own savings. What’s more, while business has tapered off, her rent swelled up an extra $1,700 a month.  Even this year’s tax season, which she said often provides a bump in business, has thus far failed to balance the copy store’s books.  With declining customers and decreases in hand-filed taxes, Vallejo began considering getting out of the business in December of last year.

“I’ll miss coming into work every day and working with artists, Latino people, and people from the community needing help. It’s been very special,” Vallejo said.

But at just 29, Vallejo is excited to try something new and work on a resume for the first time in a decade, she said.

She plans on holding a farewell party at the copy store on March 23.

Sunday Streets arrives on Valencia

Sunday Streets is set to kick off its season opener with a full street closure on Sunday, March 10. Starting at 11 a.m., Valencia Street from Duboce to 26th will be closed to vehicles and only open to pedestrian traffic. More information available on their website.

Women’s Building Film Series

The Women’s Building at 3543 18th St. will be holding free film screenings throughout the month and into the spring as part of Women’s History Month. The film screenings aim to bring into public issues with sexual harassment and sexism. The next showing will be a documentary called Audrie & Daisy, which focuses on two teenage sexual assault survivors. The event is on Wednesday, March 27, at 6 p.m.

Secret Alley IndieGogo

The Galallery, an independent and artistic creative space at 180 Capp St., is hoping to raise $15,000 by the end of the month to expand its spaces. They plan on adding extra studio space to their Secret Alley workspace area and adding an additional studio to rent out. You can read more at their IndieGogo page.