Tag Archives: Business

Neighborhood Notes: Boba Guys proposes expansion, Balompie to return, El Rio gets legacy status

 Boba Guys looks to expand next door on 19th Since the demise of Valencia Eyewear, a small retail store on 19th Street just off Valencia, the windows have been painted and what goes on inside is unclear. Now a sign has been posted making the intentions clear: Boba Guys is seeking a change of use to expand into the former...
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Healthy Spirits brings craft spirits to Valencia Street

When Rami Barqawi opened his first Healthy Spirits store in the Castro in 1998, he never thought it would transform into a “destination” for high-end spirits. Back then, Healthy Spirits was just a name, and the items on the shelves were pure convenience-store stock. “It was butter and tampons and toilet paper,” he said. But, several years after opening, Barqawi’s...

Developments in Development: Rough road ahead

Developments in Development is a “weekly” column recapping real estate, housing, planning, zoning and construction news. I was going to start out with a happy headline this week: People love San Francisco despite the high cost of living, a new survey says. Another chimes in with the finding that San Francisco’s eviction rate is among the lowest in the whole U.S....

Success: Borderlands will buy Haight St. building thanks to its fans

Borderlands Books has secured loans totaling $1.9 million from some 49 individual supporters who helping the bookstore buy a building on Haight Street that will serve as its permanent home. “I cannot tell you how happy and excited I am about this. It truly is a dream come true,” Borderlands owner Alan Beatts wrote to the bookstore’s supporters. The idea...

In SF, roll up a door and find an urban winery

Inside an unassuming warehouse on Treat Avenue near 19th Street are rows of barreled red wine waiting to be distributed to refined palates across the country. And not just any red wine — artisanal, vineyard-specific pinot noir. “One sip of California Pinot Noir was all it took,” 50-year-old Andrew P. Vingiello says on his website. He might have added that, for...

Neighborhood Notes: Bills fair, Benefit, Butterfly Joint

Consumer resources and bills fair On Saturday, Nov. 4, the Good Samaritan Family Resource Center will put on an event at Mission Campus of City College to help people with their utility and phone bills. Bilingual resources will be available from noon to 3 p.m.  For more information, call Alberto Romo at 415-401-4253 or email him at aromo@goodsamfrc.org Benefit show...

SNAP: Hoofing it to the deli

There’s a white horse on the top of Newkirk’s Deli, which opened two days ago at 1002 Potrero street. Although it looks like a plaster of Paris statue, it’s made of fiberglass.  “It weighs sixty pounds. You can sit on it!” owner Ryan Newkirk Blumenthal, who has been working for a couple months renovating the former site of the New...

Developments in Development: Antivalenciazation

“Don’t let Mission Street turn into Valencia!” Take it as a plea, a rallying cry, or a call to action — the Planning Department has been taking it, apparently, into consideration. This week the Planning Commission gave its nod of approval (though the Board of Supervisors still needs to vote on this) for changes to what’s allowed on Mission Street...

Diverse candidates crowd SF tech job fair, but tradition may clog pipeline

Stereotypes tell me tech conferences don’t look like the hundreds of aspiring tech workers queuing up to get into the Armory on Tuesday: I could count the number of white men on my crowded patch of sidewalk on one hand. Tech Inclusion, which held a career fair and then a day of talks with another series of speakers lined up...

SF property manager atones for greed, Boogaloos slated to reopen

In life, Boogaloos served as a microcosm of Mission trends every bit as well as it served as a brunch spot. There were the tattooed, toddler-toting hipsters wiping vegetarian herb-cream gravy off their hoodies, and tucking into a “Temple O’ Spuds,” an Edmund Hillary-worthy mountain of potatoes, cheese, salsa, sour cream and green onions — a monument to the power...

Far-right “Proud Boys” party in SF Mission

Some 20 members of a group associated with the far-right movement — the so-called “Proud Boys” — were spotted at Southern Pacific Brewing Co. on Friday night. Customers said some of the 20 or so men were wearing black Fred Perry polos with yellow piping — the the group’s unofficial uniform. The Proud Boys are a far-right men’s group with...

SF dance club and restaurant, now 19, secures permanent home

After 19 years in business, Marco Senghor has secured the future of Bissap Baobab on 19th Street. The Senegalese entrepreneur has bought 3372 19th St. from former Facebook executive Owen Van Natta for $1.6 million. The sale realizes a dream Senghor has had for years. It also means one property on the block is now owned by a businessman who...

Shuttered Farina restaurant evicted from 18th Street space

Farina Focaccia & Cucina Italiana appears to have been officially forced out of its space on 18th and Dearborn streets after an eviction. Documents taped to the door indicate the eviction took place Sept. 20. The state Department of Tax and Fee Administration had seized Farina’s liquor license in early July over nearly $275,000 in back taxes and penalties. According...

Weston Wear shutters after 36 years in SF Mission

After 36 years in the Mission, Valencia Street boutique Weston Wear has shut its doors for good. “The last couple years have been really strange for retail,” said Julienne Weston, owner and founder of the boutique. “Everyone is changing habits for what they buy. They love their online.” Though she said e-commerce and consumer habits were partly to blame, Weston...

MAU not closing after all

Landlords of popular Valencia Street pho spot MAU reached out the restaurant and agreed to let it “continue on,” according to a note taped to its door Saturday — the day it was supposed to close for good. This follows the restaurant’s announcement last week that it would shutter due to rising rent and operational costs. The restaurant will still...