Bismark Loaisiga, mechanic, auto body, Bismark Auto Body and Paint,
Business owner Bismark Loaisiga, 33, poses for a picture on June 18 inside of Bismark Auto Body & Paint at 1670 15th St. near Julian Avenue. He's worked for the family business since he was 17. (Photo by David Mamaril Horowitz)

For Bismark Loaisiga, the auto repair shop at 1670 15th St. near Julian Avenue has been a family affair. 

His uncle opened America’s Body & Fender Inc., now Bismark Auto Body & Paint, 30 years ago when he arrived from Nicaragua. Loaisiga has been working there since he turned 17.

The family moved to the Mission in 2004. Loaisiga never left. 

“This is the hood where I came,” he said, shortly after greeting a passerby.

When his uncle retired two years ago, he left Loaisiga, now 33 years old, the shop. 

“I’m doing what I like,” he said. “I can stay here all day, and I feel happy and free.”

The Mission is an ideal place for a businessman whose first language is Spanish, he said. And, he added, he knows how to run a business here. He enjoys his customers and tries to give families who need it a break on repairs.

An employee works on a car on June 18 at Bismark Auto Body & Paint. (Photo by David Mamaril Horowitz)

The pandemic made it difficult, as a business owner and a parent.

People drove much less and didn’t want to spend money on fixing their cars, meaning he had to lay workers off, he said. And, as a single father, he’s had to bring his 9-year-old son to the shop for online schooling several times a week.

However, Loaisiga’s staff is now vaccinated, and business has improved, especially with California’s June 15 reopening, which has allowed vaccinated people to forgo masks indoors and businesses to open at 100 percent capacity.

“I think things are going to change for the good,” he said.

Bismark Loaisiga poses for a picture on June 18 in front of his auto body and paint shop at 1670 15th St. near Julian Avenue. (Photo by David Mamaril Horowitz)

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David Mamaril Horowitz

David’s one of those San Francisco natives who gets excited whenever City College is mentioned. He has journalism degrees from there and San Francisco State University, graduating from the latter in May 2021. In college, David played five different roles as an editor at student news publications and reported as an intern for three local newspapers, mostly while waiting tables at the Alamo Drafthouse. His first job was at Mitchell's Ice Cream.

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  1. Bismark is an amazing individual. I lived on that street for many years and was his neighbor. Throughout those years he always had a smile on his face and a warm greeting upon seeing me pass by. All around a great guy! Extremely happy to see him thriving past pandemic!

  2. Bismark enjoys his work and helping the community! He always goes and beyond the call of duty! Great person!

  3. Wonderful to see this appreciation of a truly great person. Bismark is the heart of the neighborhood and runs an excellent business. A rare gem.

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