Tag Archives: Business

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...
Connie Rivera, owner of Mixcoatl. Photo by Lola M. Chavez

Merchants on 24th Feel Displacement Pressures, Mull Protections

Merchants along the 24th Street corridor where a new proposal seeks to protect them feel the city’s affordability crisis just as strongly as tenants fearing displacement, but their views on how to remedy it are as varied as their wares. District 9 Supervisor Hillary Ronen’s first proposed legislation offered a trio of land-use based protections for businesses on 24th Street...
Ruby at 3602 20th Street. Photo by Lydia Chávez

After 20 Plus Years in SF, Ruby on 20th Will Close

For 20 plus years, Laura James has lived in the building upstairs and run Ruby, her boutique gallery downstairs. Now, she’s calling it quits. A rent hike was not the problem – although any increase was impossible to bear because revenues have dropped every year since 2010, said James. But instead of blaming Ruby’s demise on the rent, she attributed it...
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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...
Supervisor Hillary Ronen. Photo by Lola M. Chavez

New D9 Supervisor Aims to Shield 24th St. Merchants from Gentrification

In her first move as Supervisor for District 9, Hillary Ronen on Tuesday introduced legislation that would place additional restrictions on what kinds of businesses can move into the 24th Street Latino Cultural District. She framed the proposal as an effort to support the existing small businesses in the area. “While the Latino Cultural District is a special place, it...
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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...
Free ice cream day! Photo by Brian Rinker.

Humphry Slocombe Celebrates Eighth Anniversary with Free Scoops

Mere minutes after Humphry Slocombe started offering free cones to celebrate its eighth birthday, a line had formed to the corner. The quirky deluxe ice cream joint could draw thousands today, cofounder Sean Vahey said. “The least we could do was say thank you,” Vahey said by way of explanation for the thousands of scoops the shop will hand out today....
Steven and his father, Pedro. Photo by Lola M. Chavez

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,...
The building where Lorena Moz and her family live, which they will need  to leave by the end of the month.  Photo by Lola M. Chavez

Mission Family Near Homelessness After City Budget Shortfall

A group of women who have lived in San Francisco for 27 years are on the brink of homelessness just before the holidays, even after winning a coveted spot in an affordable housing unit. As it turns out, they earn too little and a city subsidy that might have helped didn’t make it into the budget. The two non-profits working...
Attendees gather on DNA Lounge's several levels at the Punk-Metal Flea Market on Nov. 13, 2016. Photo by Geoffrey Smith for DNA Lounge

Business Shortfall Could Force DNA Lounge to Close

The storied DNA Lounge may soon vanish from SoMa if it isn’t able to raise funding, closing its doors to the goths, creatives and art-seekers who have escaped into the venue since the early 1980s. After playing a pivotal role at Netscape during the early 1990s, current owner Jamie Jawinski converted his wealth into DNA Lounge to reconcile the tech...
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Mission Businesses and Tenants Brace for Flooding

Business owners and residents at 17th and Folsom streets are piling up sandbags and preparing for the continuation of an afternoon downpour that they fear could bring on flooding. The area, which sits in a natural topographical basin, is often troubled by flooding – to the point where residents have sued the city over its inability to contend with the problem. Any...
Part of our team: Laura, Andrea, a former translator for ML, Lola and Joe.

It Takes Two to Tango and to Make News: Reporters and Readers

I’ve reported for the New York Times and have covered wars, written books, and magazine pieces. I currently teach journalism at UC Berkeley. Even so, I consider Mission Local, which I founded and still edit, one of the most important – and demanding – assignments of my career. It’s a huge challenge to make Mission Local financially sustainable in an age when there’s so much...
View from inside the new shop that is part of the Sutter clinic at 20th and Valencia streets. Photo by Jennifer Cohen

Sutter Health Opens on Valencia with Small Retail

Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation opened a new clinic on 20th and Valencia streets earlier this month. The clinic employs acupuncturists, chiropractors, message therapists, and nutritionists in addition to primary care practicioners. The clinic also has lab and x-ray services on site as well as specialty physicians should a patient need them. A shop within the clinic, the Institute for Health and...
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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...