Mission Street

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...

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...

Stabbing threatens boy’s life, nine robbed in SF Mission

A 15-year-old boy was left in life-threatening condition after a stabbing Friday night, police report. A physical altercation had developed in a parking lot on 16th Street and Potrero Avenue around 10:20 p.m. on March 24. A man estimated to be in his 40s assaulted the boy and stabbed him with a knife before fleeing in a pickup truck. The boy...

Techies, Transformations, and the Personal Touch at a Mission St. Fitness Studio

Mission Street, once distinguished by taquerias is increasingly a workout corridor  – at least nine businesses line the corridor from 14th to 24th streets promising more svelte silhouettes. Unlike many of them,  BodyFi, having just celebrated its seventh year in the Financial District and four years on Mission Street, is not a gym. It’s a fitness studio. In fact, owner...

SF Planners Approve Plan to Curb Gentrification, Extend Interim Controls

San Francisco Planning Commissioners on Thursday approved a land use and policy plan designed to mitigate the effects of gentrification and displacement in the Mission District. The seven commissioners also agreed to a nine-month extension on 14-month-old restrictions that require some projects to undergo more stringent review. The policy plan, called the Mission Action Plan 2020, is the product of...

Development Delayed As SF Commission Wants Less Aggressive Design

A 12-unit building planned to replace an auto repair shop at 15th and Mission streets was sent back to the drawing board on Thursday after a unanimous Planning Commission vote to delay a decision on the project and recommend the developer make design changes. The vote came months after the Mission Economic Development Agency filed a request for a review...

Dance Mission Theater Plans New Home at 16th and Mission

Dance Mission Theater has its eyes on a new home – one they’re going to build with the help of a local union and the Mission Economic Development Agency. MEDA has brokered a deal between the dance organization and UFCW 64, a union that owns the property where it has offices at 1980 Mission Street near 16th Street. Though plans...

Activists Fighting Restaurants on Mission Street

Activists who have long tried to fight gentrification by opposing market-rate development and upscale businesses are now targeting new restaurants on Mission Street. The latest focus is a tea restaurant planned for the site of the former Sapphire Photo store at 2761 Mission St. between 23rd and 24th streets. A frequent opponent of new developments in the Mission has filed a...

Knife Attack Reported on Mission and 16th Streets

A reader reported witnessing a man attacking someone with a machete on Friday afternoon on Mission Street between 15th and 16th streets. A police spokesperson confirmed officers had responded to an incident there involving someone with a knife shortly before 2 p.m., after which one person was sent to the hospital with injuries. It’s unclear, however, what kind of knife was used...

The Nuns Win at SF Planning Commission

A year of setbacks and opposition did not deter a trio of French nuns from following their calling from God – feeding those most in need. The nuns have campaigned for some ten months  to move a soup kitchen into the ground floor commercial space of a condominium building at 1928 Mission St. between 15th and 16th streets, and on...

The Touch Furniture Closes, Leaving Nearly a Block of Mission St. Vacant

After 11 years in business and a move from Valencia to Mission Street, the midcentury furniture store The Touch has closed. The owner’s brother-in-law, who was clearing out the remaining inventory at 2221 Mission St, said a health complication had prompted the owner to close the store. Mission Street between 18th and 19th Street now sports a dense cluster of empty storefronts. The vacancies...

Old School SF Grocery Reopens with New School Appeal

If you didn’t know that the Casa Guadalupe market has been on Mission and 25th streets since 1997, you certainly wouldn’t guess from its smart new awning, shining floors, or organic produce. These are the result of a year’s closure and a $225,000 renovation – and a family approach to reinvigorating a two-generation business. In fact father, co-owner Pedro Gil,...

Armory Makes Entertainment Debut with New Year’s Bash

Though it’s no stranger to hosting major events, the Armory on 14th and Mission streets is expecting some 4,000 people to ring in the new year for its first event as an official show venue. The bash, featuring the French electronic music band Justice, marks the official opening of the events venue “The Armory” – not to be confused with Kink.com, which, though...