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Shop local disrupted: Valencia Cyclery

We talked to Paul Olszewski, 64, owner and general manger of Valencia Cyclery in the Mission since June 1, 1985, about his business and it didn’t take long for the topic of the internet’s impact to come up. ML: Why the bicycle business? PO: I’ve always enjoyed bikes – ever since I got one when I was a teenager and...

Developers plan project entirely to permanently house nonprofits

It’s not just residents who are displaced when rents in San Francisco skyrocket – it’s nonprofits. Two planners who saw that happening are now constructing an entirely new building that will be sold, piece by piece, to nonprofits for a permanent home. Common Ground Urban Development is seeking approvals to tear down a two-story building at 1850 Bryant Street and...

SF’s shop local ethic disrupted by click-here convenience

The hip, independent store owners of Valencia Street like to think they have nothing in common with franchised America; just as the owners of Artillery AG, an art and design store on Mission Street see their customers as different than those after mass-produced art. But, that is no longer true. Homogenized America and the Mission have more in common than...

Queen’s Shoes on Mission Street to close up shop

Discount shoe retailer Queen’s Shoes at 2356 Mission Street will close soon, signs in its windows and around the store announce. A changing neighborhood and traffic changes on the street, the owners said, were just a few factors that contributed to their decision, though they declined to go into details. Now they hope to sell their inventory and close the...

Pop-up art “Parlor” to debut at site of future Valencia development

Before a former motorcycle workshop becomes a multi-story housing development, it will be home to a pop-up arts and design shop called “Parlor.” The developers of a mixed-use project planned for 235 Valencia Street at Clinton Park are sponsoring an arts and design pop-up at the site, which they describe as “Part community living room, part art house, and part greenhouse.” The collection will feature...

To survive, SF Mission bar will transform into pot club

The Latino-centric bar Coronitas Bar and Grill, located where the Mission meets Bernal Heights, is in the process of trading in its liquor license for a medical marijuana permit in what it says is a bid to stay relevant in the rapidly gentrifying neighborhood. “At this point, it’s unprofitable for us to continue with [Coronitas],” said owner Jorge Esparza, who...

It’s official: Doc’s Clock’s ‘Last Call’ in current locale will be in May

With Doc’s Clock set to move into the ground-floor space of the 20 Mission cooperative, its owner announced via a Facebook post on Tuesday that drinks will officially be served for the last time in its current location sometime in late May. The iconic bar has operated at 2575 Mission St. for some 60 years, but with its lease set to expire in...

Historic building weathers grocery owner, former Facebook exec and now another

After years of disrepair and neglect, a historic building at 18th and Mission streets is in the process of trading ownership from a former Facebook executive to a commercial developer. Once a hub of the Mission’s Miracle Mile, the building may now become a dialysis center. Mike Conn, senior vice president of Meridian Property Company, a commercial developer based in San Ramon, confirmed...

VIDEO: SF art store struggles against e-commerce

The owners of Artillery A.G. discuss how online purchasing is affecting small businesses in San Francisco’s Mission District. This part of an occasional series –  Shop Local Disrupted –  that will look at how local retail is being upended by an ongoing transformation of the country’s retail economy.  On Thursday, the owners of Artillery will unveil a new look that offers...

City banks on Bay Area Latinos to support Mission District businesses

Can the city bring more Latinos to shop in the Mission District? The answer will become clearer on Saturday as the city launches a series of events to lure the Bay Area’s Latino population to the neighborhood that still has the highest concentration of Latinos in San Francisco. The city has already dedicated the Calle 24th Latino Cultural District and...

In tough small business climate, specialty knife shop expands

After four years in their Guerrero Street space, to which they located from Cortland Avenue, Bernal Cutlery is expanding its operations to a second space. In a time marked by numerous business shutdowns, of both older and newer businesses, the knife shop and sharpening service, in business since 2005, is instead expanding. A new location around the corner from its...

Cryotherapy and float spa planned for Valencia Street

A spa offering cryotherapy and float therapy is planning to open a location at 810 Valencia St. The  space near 19th Street was formerly home to Gingko Furniture. Images that evoke science fiction adorn the window storefront, announcing the June or July arrival of Reboot Float Spa, which already has two locations in Rockridge and the Marina. Cryotherapy involves cooling...

Neighbors want a ‘significant tree’ considered in design review of Elbo Room condos

Condo owners living near what’s now the Elbo Room have filed a request for Discretionary Review of condos slated to be built on top of the bar, concerned that the new construction would cast too much shadow on their rear yard, come too close to the property line, and threaten a Significant Tree. The latter is defined as a tree that is within...

City took away 1,000 SF trash cans, and now returns many to Mission St.

Mission District Supervisor Hillary Ronen on Tuesday rolled out a new city-funded initiative to combat littering along Mission Street by installing some three dozen new trashcans along the corridor. “We know that Mission Street has a serious litter problem – our crews clean there daily,” said Public Works Spokesperson Rachel Gordon. Ronen called the six-month program an “experiment” that counters the city’s...

Possible satire TV series “94110” makes its debut

Years after flyers around the Mission announced the production of a television series chronicling the tech life in the Mission District, “94110” has apparently made its online debut, Capp Street Crap reports. The casting call flyers caused quite a stir, but nearly 100 hopefuls attended the audition. At the time, producers insisted the show was a serious television program about techies living in the Mission....