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Small businesses feel the squeeze on Mission Street

Take a stroll along Mission Street and you’ll see two sides of the ever-changing city: the family-owned, brick-and-mortar stores that go back decades, and the new-school minimalist design of the more recently opened shops. No matter their tenure, nearly all of the 59 active businesses along the two blocks between 21st and 23rd streets on Mission Street are trying to...

Permanent lemonade stand coming to Valencia St.

Young entrepreneurs, beware: by June, Valencia Street will be getting a permanent lemonade stand near the corner of 20th Street. Its name? Gourmonade. And it will serve the “the best, freshest, realest lemonade possible,” says Gourmande owner and founder, Vicktor Stevenson, who, in a past life, did “all things hair.” “I want people to taste lemon when they try my...

SF nonprofit reveals its plans for derelict building at 18th and Mission

The Mission Economic Development Agency is proposing an eight-and-half-story mixed-use building at the corner of 18th and Mission streets — now the site of a decaying former stove store that could cost the nonprofit as much as $1 million to restore.   As Mission Local reported in December, MEDA bought the building for $6 million, with plans to develop it...

One-alarm fire on Valencia Street contained

A one-alarm fire broke out at on Valencia Street between 17th and 18th streets around 4:40 p.m. Monday. No one was injured or displaced, according to the San Francisco Fire Department. By 5:20 p.m., the fire was contained. The three-story building at 663 Valencia St. houses Indian Restaurant Curry Up Now on the ground floor and a small hotel, Hotel...

Calls to boycott Phoenix Pub after owner fires seven female employees

Signs have gone up in the Mission urging patrons to boycott the Phoenix Irish Pub on Valencia Street to protest a decision by its owner to fire seven female employees. The signs read: “Shitty business practices!! The owner fired entire female bar staff (not male staff) without any warning or reason and lied about closing the bar, only to reopen...

Cleaner on Guerrero forced to close after $600 rent increase

Wayne’s Self-Service Laundry, housed in the charming baby-blue storefront on 22nd and Guerrero, is getting a $600 rent hike, forcing the business to close. “My landlord raised my rent very high and I have to close,” said Lisa, the owner, who declined to give her last name. She said she had been paying $2,400 per month. But early last week,...

The rise and fall of one of SF’s first Latino businesses

La Victoria Bakery has been selling Mexican pastries on 24th Street since 1951 – all but 15 of its 67 years from the corner of 24th and Alabama, where its bright green, yellow and red sign jutting out from the building’s corner has become a landmark of the commercial corridor. Now, more than a half-century later, the building has become...

Artists drop out of show hosted by 16th and Mission developers

Mission4All, the organization funded by the developers of the proposed 10-story 380-unit development at 16th and Mission streets, is hosting an event at 16th and Capp this Saturday, in which some 30 local artists, musicians and craftspeople will showcase their work. But already some are dropping out.  Some neighborhood groups are also crying foul, saying that the event – called...

Designing Mexican tee-shirts from a small studio on 21st Street

Bolochos S.F is a T-shirt/screen-printing company in La Mission in San Francisco. In 2011, Juan Pablo Rodriguez and Andres Posada, both originally from Mexico, opened Calacas printing, a small studio on 20th and Mission streets, where they created designs inspired by Mexican culture, cinema, portraits of resistance and music. With demand growing for their designs, Calacas printing became: BOLOCHOS S.F....

Doc’s Clock raising money to bring back iconic sign

The iconic Doc’s Clock sign is going home. Well, to its new home. The bar is raising cash to have the sign transferred a block down to the bar’s new location at Mission and 20th streets. This could be the final chapter in a saga that began with Doc’s lease not being renewed last year, and an ensuing struggle with...

Is the Wash Club building a historic resource to SF’s Mission?

Last week, the Board of Supervisors declined to vote on an appeal of an eight-story, 75-unit project that is to replace a laundromat at 2918 Mission St. Instead, the vote will take place once a study answers the question of whether the building is a historic resource. It will take at least four months. District 9 Supervisor Hillary Ronen, in...

A Mexican grandmother’s dream fulfilled on Valencia Street

The three-month-old shop DCopper,  at 1017 Valencia St.,  has its roots in Santa Clara del Cobre, in Michoacán Mexico. It’s there, said DCopper’s owner, Andrea Vargas, that her grandmother, Felicitas Ornelas de Paz, snuck into the forge at a time when only men shaped copper. It would not be the first time that Ornelas de Paz ignored the rules. In...

24th Street’s Sunrise Restaurant facing $3,000 rent hike, unsure about future

Sunrise Restaurant on 24th Street is facing a $3,000 rent hike, leaving its owner unsure if she can stay in the space. It’s unclear if the hike will displace the restaurant immediately, but its owner, Alba Guerra, says paying such high rent will be a struggle. “We want to try to stay here,” she said. On April 1, 2018, the...

Mission: Comics & Art needs your help

Mission: Comics & Art, the Mission’s only comic book store, is struggling to stay open, and is now seeking support through a Patreon campaign with the goal of bringing in $3,000 per month. “This is a tight time of year, and I’m not exactly filled with confidence,” said Leef Smith, owner of the store. In January, Mission Local reported that...