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Wash Quarters laundromat will close after a $7,000 rent hike

Patrons of the Wash Quarters Laundromat, which has operated on Valencia Street for decades, will have to find another laundry, because the owner can’t sustain a pending 140-percent rent hike. Laundry is simply not that profitable. “Who can reach in their pocket and say here’s an extra $7,000?” said Paul Fiol, the owner of Wash Quarters and a Mission District...

After 14 years, SF’s Little Paper Planes to close

Little Paper Planes, among the most “Instagrammable” boutiques on Valencia Street, will be closed by July after five years on the corridor and more than a decade online. “I can’t do it any longer,” said Kelly Jones, the store’s owner. Sales have declined in the last two years, and Jones said she is ready to turn the page. “San Francisco...

SF Mission nonprofit MEDA eyes vacant lot at 22nd and Mission

The Mission Economic Development Agency is moving in on the vacant lot at the corner of 22nd and Mission streets — the site of a February 2015 fire that killed one person and displaced some 60 residents and businesses. The damaged building has since been demolished, leaving a rare — and very large — empty piece of land that is...

La Rondalla signs will remain and refurbished in place (updated and corrected)

Mixt, the salad-serving place, will open in a few weeks, but the La Rondalla signs will remain and will be refurbished in place, according to Leslie Silverglide, the co-founder and CEO of Mixt. Our initial posting incorrectly assumed the signs were coming down permanently. My apologies for the error. Turns out they aren’t coming down at all, and will be restored without...

City plans to limit restaurants, preserve industrial space in SF’s Mission

In an effort to curb gentrification in the Mission District, the San Francisco Planning Department has announced a bevy of proposals, including new controls on restaurants, bars and new businesses, as well as measures to preserve small workshop spaces in certain areas. The proposals are part of the so-called Mission Action Plan 2020 — a plan aimed at keeping cultural...

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...