Valencia Street

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...

SF’s Gingko Furniture Becomes Another Victim of Online Sales

The owner of Valencia Street furniture store Gingko is preparing to close the store because rent increases and online sales have made the brick and mortar Valencia store financially unfeasible, he said. Jerry Hsia, who has run Gingko with a business partner for 15 years, said their headquarters are in Mountain View and that store will remain open. Prompting the closure was...

Downed Tree Wallops Multikulti Sign

Not content with almost causing a stampede at 24th Street BART and a Muni blockage at Dolores Park, this week’s storm also left the sign of departed clothing and accessory shop Multikulti on Valencia Street somewhat mangled. Winds took down a tree on the block of Valencia between 16th and 17th streets and while the currently active storefronts nearby were spared any...

Health Clinics Trending on SF’s Valencia Street

Nestled among the furniture stores, boutiques and restaurants on Valencia Street, One Medical, a concierge medical practice – one of three new clinics on Valencia Street – blended in almost too well. People mistake the health clinic for a furniture store almost daily, said Jenny Montoya, the receptionist at One Medical where the façade is lined with large windows. Inside,...

Man Killed Outside Burma Love on Valencia

Update: Police have made an arrest in this case. Read more here. Police have confirmed the death of a 39-year-old man who was stabbed outside of Burma Love at 211 Valencia St. near Duboce Thursday evening. Mathew Fiame, a San Francisco resident, was found suffering from a stab wound around 6:25 p.m. outside of the restaurant and was transported to the hospital, where he died...
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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....

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...