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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....

Trash piled on to staffing costs and slumping sales to close Thrift Town

Expensive trash, it appears, was one of the reasons Thrift Town closed its doors last week after 45 years of supplying bargain hunters with all things used. “The trash compactor issue was ‘salt in the wound’,” said co-owner Wendy Steinmetz, piling up on other costs like healthcare fees and the rising minimum wage. The latter costs had been ongoing, but...

Developments in Development: Departures

Developments in Development is a “weekly” column recapping real estate, housing, planning, zoning and construction news. I don’t want to ring the doomsday bells yet but since the news of the week seems to be that forty percent of Bay Area residents are considering leaving, let’s look at the gloom. The cost of living, of course, is one of the main...

Mission Bicycle hopes to end bike theft with GPS

Cyclists who have had their bikes stolen might be familiar with a video of a San Francisco Police Department bike theft specialist luring a bike thief with a GPS-tracked bait bike. Well, if Mission Bicycle Company has its way, that kind of tech will be standard in bicycles of the future. The Valencia Street boutique bike shop has launched a...

Thrift Town shoppers arrive too late for one last bargain

Like most of the customers of Thrift Town who arrived on Thursday for one last visit, Lupé Cabrera felt cheated. The front door was locked. “It came out of nowhere it’s so shocking, said Cabrera who had been visiting the store since she was a child and wanted one last roam through its two floors of used clothes, kitchen gadgets,...

Thrift Town on Mission shutters after 45 years

Declining sales have forced Thrift Town on Mission and 17th streets to close its doors permanently as of Wednesday afternoon. “The retail landscape is changing drastically and despite our exhaustive efforts to meet the ongoing challenges of increased costs and declining sales, we are unable to generate the sales necessary to sustain our long-standing business in San Francisco,” a letter...

Developments in development: Affordable for whom?

Every time the words “affordable housing” are used in local media, commenters appear and argue about the phrase. Either they’re frustrated that, in a region where someone thinks it’s okay to charge people $800 a night to sleep on the floor, nothing is really “affordable.” Or they’re mad that we use the term in reference to city-administered below-market-rate units with...

Good humor flows at Mission District family winery

Behind a roll-up door on a squat industrial building on Potrero Street is a family winery. At once unorthodox and deeply traditional, family name on the sign is not French or Italian like wine aficionados might expect, but rather Georgian. The Erstavi Winery family has been making wine for some 400 years, according to Nikolas Eristavi, the son of winemaker...

Mission High Basketball Team Aims for Historic Win

Mission High School basketball players are hoping to make history for their team. After beating the first-ranked, private-school opponent St. Ignatius High School on Monday, the team is headed to Fairfield on Saturday aiming to beat third-ranked Vanden High School in the last regional competition. If they do so, they’ll be headed to the statewide championships, where they’ve never been...

Elixir Bar: A Deep Fount of Mission History

When you grab a drink at Elixir on 16th and Guerrero streets, you might not know you’re inside the city’s second-oldest saloon, running since 1858. On Saturday, boozehound historians of the E Clampus Vitus association will reveal a historic plaque at Elixir denoting its venerated status. Mission Local talked with owner H. Joseph Ehrmann, the 11th (or perhaps 12th, given...

Mission Community Market heads to new La Placita on Bartlett

Years in the making, a public space on Bartlett Street between 21st and 22nd streets will jointly open with the Mission Community Market today. A ribbon-cutting at 4 p.m. will kick off the season of the recurring farmers’ market, which for seven years has been run on 22nd Street between Valencia and Mission streets. It will now operate in the newly renovated block...

Health Food Delivery Service Moves into Former Mission McDonald’s

A fryer that once churned out fast-food potato fries will now be producing sweet potato fries made with organic, sustainably sourced palm oil. After being shuttered for two years, the site of an erstwhile McDonald’s on Mission Street near 16th Street has become an all gluten-free catering service called Mealmade, with options for paleo, keto, vegan and other health-conscious eaters....

New Calle 24 Rules Approved, Efforts to Preserve Corridor Continue

San Francisco Supervisors unanimously approved an ordinance Tuesday that will regulate the use and the merging of commercial spaces to protect existing businesses on 24th Street. The legislation, which designates a Calle 24 Special Use District, aims to stem the tide of new restaurants moving into former retail businesses. The legislation affects an area roughly outlined by Cesar Chavez and...

Loló, Colorful 22nd St. Cevicheria, Has Closed

SF Gate reports that Loló Cevicheria, the quirky and much smaller sister restaurant of Loló on Valencia Street, closed its doors on Saturday because of an expired lease. The cevicheria was popular for its small plates, tacos and of course, a variety of ceviche, and had operated out of the 3230 22nd St. location since July 2014– some five months after the original Loló...

Vietnamese Pop-up Turned Brick-and-Mortar Seeks Neighbors’ Approval

Valerie Luu and Katie Kwan of the long-running Vietnamese pop-up Rice Paper Scissors could be serving pho and banh mi sandwiches out of their first Folsom Street brick-and-mortar restaurant within the year – if their neighbors approve. Kwan and Luu are hoping to build out the 1,300 square foot space that once housed the Latin grocery Delicateses La Plaza at...