Valencia Street

Gingko home furnishings clearance sale. Photo by Lola M. Chavez

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...
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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...
Golden Gate Urgent Care is one of three new clinics that open shop on Valencia in the last year. Photo by Brian Rinker.

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,...
Outside Burma Love. Photo by Laura Waxmann

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....
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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...
The Crown Hotel, center, rises above its two neighboring buildings.

New Housing Units for the Homeless Open on Valencia

San Francisco’s Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing announced Wednesday that 244 new permanent supportive housing units will come online over the next three months – 50 of them in the Mission District. Valencia Street’s Crown Hotel, where units came online October 27 and prospective tenants are currently viewing its apartments, is one of three hotels now becoming available to...
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Bar Tartine Owners’ Experimental New Restaurant Opens Today

Family style, Japanese-inspired meals will be served at the former Herbivore on Valencia near 21st street starting today – and the restaurant will also have chefs serve guests directly, eliminate tipping, and aim to drive its food waste down to zero.   Two “guides” will monitor the restaurant, but cooks will do most of the serving, “bridging the divide between dining room and...
Outside of Dog Eared Books on Valencia.

Dog-Eared Books, Zeitgeist Added to Legacy Business Registry

Five more small businesses have joined the city’s Legacy Business Registry, including two in the Mission: Dog-Eared Books and Zeitgeist. The registry, which formally acknowledges selected small businesses for their impact on their surrounding communities, allows business owners the to apply for yearly Business Assistance Grants of $500 per employee (capped at 100 employees), and provides crucial leverage in negotiating...
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Restaurant Patron Stabbed, Three Robbed in SF Mission

Police report a 36-year-old man was eating at a restaurant on Valencia Street near Duncan Street at 3:19 p.m. on Sunday when a 42-year-old man entered and began stabbing him with a knife. A tipster told SFist that the incident occurred in a Burger King and that other patrons feared for the victim’s life. The suspect fled the scene but was arrested, while...
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Litquake to Shake Up the Mission’s Taste Buds Sunday

The small literary festival with its roots in the Mission stretching back 17 years will blossom into a cornucopia of food for thought this Sunday, October 9, when Litquake’s Eat, Drink and Be Literary comes to the Chapel. Every kind of food media character imaginable will be represented, from “gluten-free experts” to “sea foragers” and even a seven-time champion of the Grilled Cheese...
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CCSF Students, Faculty Push Back on Accreditation Troubles

Faculty, staff, and students at the City College of San Francisco held a press conference on Wednesday to outline their concerns following the college’s years-old accreditation battle, which has damaged the college’s enrollment, school officials say. “If you think it’s hyperbole to say it’s a crime scene, it’s not,” said Tim Killikelly, president of the faculty union. Since 2012, the city college has experienced...
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Staffing Woes Shutter Valencia St. Kebab Restaurant

One of the owners of Valencia & Kebab at 525 Valencia St. confirmed this week that the Mediterranean restaurant has shut its doors for good after just 10 months of business in the Mission. Emin Tekin co-owns the restaurant and two others – both called Kobani Mediterranean Grill, in the Marina and another in Berkeley. Tekin said that the restaurateurs...