Tag Archives: Business

Neighborhood Notes: HOMEY returns, activist bus ads, Brava sneak peek

HOMEY is returning to the Mission! After spending years tucked away in the upstairs space of a building in SoMa, the originally Mission-based nonprofit Homies Organizing the Mission to Empower Youth is set to move into a Mission Street storefront. “Were coming back home,” said Executive Director Roberto Elegio Alfaro. He said the group, known as HOMEY, was told it...

Beloved grocer, namesake of Gus’s Market, killed in hit-and-run

A 57-year-old grocer who brought a strong sense of community to his markets was killed by a driver in the Bayview Friday morning, leaving his family, staff, and customers to mourn the loss of the man they knew as “Gus.” Konstantinos Vardakastanis, known as Gus,  was struck by the driver of a silver sedan near Jerrold and Toland streets at 2:17...

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...

Royal Cuckoo market gets approval to keep small beer and wine bar

Disclosure: Mission Local rents office space from the Mission Economic Development Agency. Both the Royal Cuckoo Market and MEDA are paying supporters of Mission Local. The Royal Cuckoo Market on 19th Street near Capp Street now has approval from the Planning Commission to establish a restaurant serving soups and sandwiches, a permit necessary to keep the tiny bar within the...

SF Mission businesses look forward to more police foot patrols

Mission District business owners along 24th Street said the police chief’s decision to quadruple the number of foot patrols in the next week will be a welcome change — especially after what many say has been a multi-year absence of foot patrols. Even near the 16th Street BART plaza, where merchants have had more recent interaction with police, business owners...

Former Modern Times will become a store showcasing Mexican folk art

The closure of activist bookstore Modern Times was difficult for its workers and customers — especially so soon after the election of Donald Trump. But there’s some good news: the empty space it left behind will be given new life on Saturday with the opening of Colibri at 2919 24th St. Colibri is the realization of a long-held dream of...

A changing, busier 14th Street in San Francisco

In the 15 years Mark DeVito has lived in San Francisco, he rarely came to 14th street, a part of the Mission known more for its auto-body and manufacturing shops than as a walkable commercial corridor. That was until he and his coworkers found an old auto shop on Craigslist and opened Standard Deviant Brewery on the block between Mission...

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...

Fabric Outlet temporarily takes over former Thrift Town space

There’s some movement at the former location of Thrift Town: Fabric Outlet, which for years has occupied the basement space below Thrift Town inside the Redlick Building at 17th and Mission streets, has temporarily relocated to the ground floor while seismic retrofit repairs are done in the basement. Fabric Outlet will likely be in the ground floor for several months,...

The Discolandia sign is here to stay

The historic Discolandia sign at 2964 24th Street will remain its original orange, black and white colors, according to Jon Jacobo, Calle 24 co-president. There was some controversy earlier today when people saw workers painting over the sign. Although it is currently painted white, contractors working at the site this afternoon said they would restore it to its original colors...

With big branding event, Alabama St. building also draws complaints

Update, 8/13/17: The neighborhood meeting planned for Sunday, August 13 to discuss the activities at 930 Alabama Street has been rescheduled for Sunday, August 20, 4-6 p.m. Matt McGraw, the owner of 930 Alabama Street, who arranged for the meeting, cited a lack of interest in the first meeting and said he would be sending out invitations and posting a...

A store owner and hot dog vendor refuse to give up

A tiny bark welcomes you into Productos Naturales Georgina’s at 2286 Mission Street. Popi, a small Chihuahua, sits behind the counter in his FBI sweater. “He’s my guard,” says Georgina, the owner. “He lets me know whenever anyone comes into the store when I’m in the back. I have avoided being robbed countless times because of him.” “I stocked this...

Mission’s 12th ice cream shop offers gelato on wheels

Coletta Gelato’s Antonio Massimini and Henri Waltenspuhl have parked their custom-made gelato bike cart in the entrance to Harrington Galleries at Valencia and 17th, bringing the total count of ice cream stores in the Mission to a whopping 12. It’s one of several pop-up shops that will make appearances at the furniture store this summer, except, Massimini said, Coletta Gelato...

State yanks liquor license from delinquent restaurant Farina

State officials seized the liquor license of Farina Focaccia & Cucina Italiana on 18th and Dearborn streets and sold it at auction to cover nearly $275,000 in back taxes and penalties owed by the restaurant, according to a Board of Equalization notice. The license went on sale July 11 with a minimum bid of $225,000. A spokesperson for the California...

Shop Local Disrupted: selling an experience is the new brick and mortar

In a market where e-commerce has usurped traditional retail and research suggests consumers go out for experiences rather than to shop, some Mission businesses are finding success in offering what can’t be ordered at the click of a button. Steve Fox opened his San-Francisco-themed indoor mini-golf course Urban Putt in 2014, with exactly that in mind. His plan had never been...