Valencia Street

Cannabus brings weed on wheels to Valencia Street

Think food truck, but for cannabis. That’s the concept behind the CannaBus you may have seen parked on Valencia and 19th streets Tuesday. Cannabus launched just a week ago, and has been parking in various parts of the Bay Area — Telegraph and Durant in Berkeley, 16th and Guerrero and in the Haight in San Francisco — every day, offering...

Bike safety advocates, plus D8 Sup, hit the street for protected bike lanes

The yellow-shirted bicycle-safety activists were back on Valencia Street between 18th and 19th streets Thursday afternoon, carrying signs that read: “Protected lane.” Their aim is to get something built on Valencia that physically separates cyclists and drivers on the road to avoid collisions. As it stands, the street has painted bike lanes, but nothing stops drivers from rolling into them...

Neighborhood Notes: “Candi,” theoretical dentist, possible ramen

Here’s some news about local storefronts you might have wondered about: Also, though it’s very early in the permitting process, it looks like someone is seeking permits to convert at least part of the former Goodwill space into a dental office. According to the application, the work would be to remodel and convert an existing mezzanine and second floor into...

Careful curation proves a strategy for two high-end retail stores

Two high-end retail stores that have opened on and near Valencia within the last three years would seem to go against the grain of market research that says e-commerce has diminished the number of shoppers who walk through the door to buy clothes. While many of the other 667 registered retail stores in the Mission opened long before the threat...

Frida Kahlo’s 110th birthday celebration Sunday

Casa Bonampak at 1051 Valencia St. and Fiestas Fridas will be hosting a Frida Kahlo look-alike contest and birthday celebration Sunday beginning at 11 a.m. It is also Sunday Streets so the whole of Valencia will be a fiesta.  At Bonampak, anyone can participate in the categories of Fridog, Fridrag, Little Frida, Diego and Frida. The winner of the best...

461 Valencia may soon be home to clothing retailer Everlane

The storefront at 461 Valencia Street may not be empty any longer. Everlane, a clothing retailer, has recently shown signs that they may be moving in. On April 19, the company filed an application with the planning department to move in. More recently, in honor of Pride month, they painted a mural on one of the property’s doors to promote...

Bike safety advocates set up human barrier between lanes

Advocates for infrastructure that better separates cyclists from drivers took to Valencia Street Thursday evening, forming a human barrier between bike and auto lanes from 16th and 17th streets. Dozens of cyclists offered high-fives and smiles as they passed through the corridor of roughly 20 yellow-shirted bike lane activists. Most drivers kept silent as they drove by, but a few  voiced their dismay. “Find...

Merchants balk at restaurant addition to retail (updated)

Update: Planning Commissioners approved the addition of a restaurant into the existing events venue and retail space called Amado’s, formerly Viracocha, on 20th and Valencia streets. The commissioners voted unanimously, 5-0, to allow Amado’s to add a restaurant at the back of its street-level commercial space, but also required that it increase the amount of space reserved for retail in the front of...

A new, full-service restaurant planned for Valencia at 21st Street

Plans are afoot to turn nearly 4,000 square feet of retail space on the corner of Valencia and 21st streets into a full service restaurant with some retail. The application for a conditional use permit allowing David Quinby, the owner of Amado’s at 998 Valencia St, to transform the space will be heard by the  San Francisco Planning Commission on...

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...

Mobile musicians draw an audience on Valencia Street

Stroll down Valencia Street on a warm spring evening and you’re likely to find, within barely two blocks of one another, two variations on a theme: Mobile theater. One is Mr. Brandy in his van – the ex-Texan pianist lives and works out of a van draped in sparkly fabrics and oddball decorations, crammed in next to the piano he...

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...

Code, Costs and Opposition Make for Repetitive Architecture

Why does everything new getting built in the Mission look like it’s made of earth-tone Legos? Planning codes, costs, and opposition, suggest a few of those in the architecture know.   Planning regulations prevent egregiously out of place structures like 20-story round towers from being plopped into the Mission, says San Francisco Chronicle architecture critic John King. But developers interested...

Artist and Scavenger Stronghold Booted from SF Mission

The new year marked the end of an era for the proprietors of Junko’s, a once clandestine thrift-store cabaret in the Mission and a two-decade stronghold of the city’s underground scavenging movement that unearthed everything from a letter from Ronald Reagan to a manuscript by Beat icon Neal Cassady. The owners, Derek Felten and Michael McQuate, made careers out of...

Rent Hike Means Another Old Biz on Valencia St. Must Move

Valencia Street’s steady evolution into an increasingly upscale commercial corridor is claiming yet another local casualty as the two-decade old vintage and costume shop Retro Fit informed Mission Local of its exit. A bid on the shop’s space and a lease-less existence have made its continued survival on the corridor impossible, said owner Steven LeMay, adding that Retro Fit will be...