Photo by Brian Rinker

Mission Businesses and Tenants Brace for Flooding

Business owners and residents at 17th and Folsom streets are piling up sandbags and preparing for the continuation of an afternoon downpour that they fear could bring on flooding. The area, which sits in a natural topographical basin, is often troubled by flooding – to the point where residents have sued the city over its inability to contend with the problem. Any...
View from inside the new shop that is part of the Sutter clinic at 20th and Valencia streets. Photo by Jennifer Cohen

Sutter Health Opens on Valencia with Small Retail

Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation opened a new clinic on 20th and Valencia streets earlier this month. The clinic employs acupuncturists, chiropractors, message therapists, and nutritionists in addition to primary care practicioners. The clinic also has lab and x-ray services on site as well as specialty physicians should a patient need them. A shop within the clinic, the Institute for Health and...
Range restaurant valencia

Futures Uncertain for Range and Pauline’s Pizza on Valencia

Range restaurant is slated to close and Pauline’s Pizzeria is up for sale, according to local news. The San Francisco Chronicle reported today that Range, adjacent to Mission Playground, is set to close after 12 years. The restaurant’s owners told the paper that they are thinking of coming up with a new concept to better fit the street’s rapidly changing scene....
File photo: A kite flies in the sky over Dolores Park.

Developments in Development: Take a Breath

It has been a week full of revelations on the housing front, but before I get into that, let’s take a moment to consider that rents have dipped, again. At least that is what Curbed reports based on an overview of realty sites’ estimates of asking rents at currently vacant apartments. Also, while fur often flies in the world of...
Panaderia Universal at 30th and Mission streets.

Owner of San Francisco’s First Guatemalan Bakery Dies

Traduccion en español aquí. Manuel Barrientos, the proprietor of San Francisco’s first Guatemalan bakery, was 79 when he died on November 25, but for many, his vigor and dedication to his craft made his age difficult to gauge. When Barrientos was diagnosed with a brain tumor and given just three months to live, it was not his own death that...

Former “Currents” on Valencia Now Home to “Baggu”

A bag retailer called Baggu is now open in the former Currents space at 911 Valencia Street. Baggu, which opened Nov. 17, sells purses, tote bags, reusable grocery bags, and backpacks. The Valencia Street location is its third brick and mortar store, with the other two in Oakland and Brooklyn in addition to a large online and wholesale presence. Molly Marrone, a...
SF Barber Shop. Photo by Lola M. Chavez

San Francisco Barber Shop Welcomes All for Free Haircuts

Traduccion en español aquí. San Francisco Barber Shop offered free haircuts Sunday night at its shop at 3166 16th St. near Guerrero Street. “We wanted to introduce ourselves to the community alongside getting all the businesses on 16th Street together to do something for the community,” said Christopher Diez, a co-owner of the shop. Diez and his partner Anton Cura worked with Saints of Steel, a...
Amanda Ngo, owner of Duc Loi supermarket.

VIDEO: SF Mission District’s Duc Loi Invites 1,000 to Lunch

Duc Loi’s Thanksgiving Day lunch will start at noon on Thursday. Amanda Ngo is still looking for volunteers – community members who are interested in helping out are asked to come by the market, located at 2200 Mission st., today.  

Indian Cuisine Opens Today In Former Nostra Space

Modern versions of classic Indian dishes will soon be served in the former Nostra Spaghetteria space on Valencia Street near 14th Street, when Babu Ji opens there. Chef Jessi Singh and his wife Jennifer already have one Babu Ji location open in New York City, their third after opening and selling two restaurants in Australia. Now, they are adding another...
The interior of Sealand Trading Inc. Photo by Laura Wenus

Mission St. Discount Store Going Out of Business

A discount goods store selling everything from clothes to small appliances to luggage on Mission near 20th Street is expected to shut down, perhaps as soon as the end of the year, its owner said. “The population has changed, there’s no more Latinos,” said owner Manny Mack, who who has kept Sealand Trading Inc. at 2469 Mission St. for 25...
File photo: The view going up Dolores Street on a cloudy day.

Developments in Development: Shifts and Uncertainty

I must have angered the universe with my last happy-go-lucky, things-are-looking-up column because now there is tension, fear, but most of all uncertainty in the air. By that I do mean the election, but I’m not sure that the election alone is at the center of the unease that seems to have touched the development and real estate world locally....
The exterior of Montella Pizzeria is as warm as the service inside.

How Do You Achieve Montella’s Pizza? Study, Practice, Study

Luigi “Gigi” Montella’s culinary direction was crystal clear. There is one way to make Neapolitan cuisine – “Gigi’s way.” Montella left nothing to speculation. Variation in production, ingredient quality, or presentation was simply not permitted. Now, one of his disciples has opened a pizzeria bearing Montella’s name on 24th Street. 20 years ago, pizzeria called Toto’s completely under Gigi’s control was graced...
The 20 Mission building and future home of Café Laundré seen from 20th Street. Photo by Laura Wenus

Café and Laundromat Headed for Former T-Mobile on 20th and Mission

A combination laundromat and café will occupy the space at the corner of Mission and 20th streets come January in the form of Laundré. The café-laundromat will feature a full-scale coffee bar alongside energy-efficient laundry machines and free soap with every wash. Owner Ariana Roviello noted that while a typical wash-and-dry cycle takes about 90 minutes to two hours, it will...
Multikulti at 539 Valencia St. Photo by Joe Rivano Barros.

Multikulti on Valencia Street to Close After 16 Years

The clothing and accessories shop Multikulti, which has been on Valencia Street for the past 16 years, is shutting its doors in a month and a half, its owner said, because of a rent spike. “The rent is gonna increase,” said Reda Darwish, adding that he was presented with a three-year lease option that would have cost him $5,000 a...