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Facing Ageism with Dance, Photography, Fashion at ODC

Choreographer Kate Mitchell was, despite herself, horrified when she discovered wrinkles and sagging start to take hold on her skin. But then she pushed back, artistically. Mitchell had photographer Alessandra Mello take close-up photos of her skin and bones, and what emerged was a topography that Mitchell saw repeated in nature. Extrapolating from this connection and developing a collaborative performance, Mitchell created Terrain,...

Mission District Goodwill Store to Close in September

Update: Mission Local originally reported that the the Mission’s Goodwill store at 2279 Mission St. will close on August 21, but that date has been moved back to September 20. Following the closure of Goodwill’s mid-market store on Thursday, the discount retailer’s smaller, location at 2279 Mission near 19th street is also set to close this summer after the building...
John Thompson selects a customer's card out of a thick roster. Photo by Laura Wenus

Marian’s Clothing: A History

You have seen the signs outside Marian’s for months. “Store closing!” they blare to passerby on Mission Street, now through the bars of a sliding gate. Once a vibrant clothing store, Marian’s has closed – but not without leaving behind a rich history. Andrew Thompson, nursed the store along on its deathbed after 63 years in business. He and his...
DEMA closing store clothing

SF Mission Clothier DEMA to Close in February

Weeks after celebrating her 18th year on 1038 Valencia Street, Dema Grim, owner and designer at the clothing store DEMA, is having the first of several closing sales. She’ll be moving out in February. “It’s not sad, it’s a little bittersweet,” Grim said. “I turned 50 and decided it’s not for me anymore.” The move comes not as the result of...
New mural by Elaine Chu and Marina Perez-Wong in progress on 25th Street and Orange Alley.

Fair Trade Fashion, New Mural at Frida’s Closet in SF

Walk into Frida’s Closet on 25th Street, between Valencia and Bartlett streets, and you might as well be stepping into a tienda in Mexico. That’s where all the clothes come from, after all. They’re bought fair trade from Mexican women artisans, who make them by hand. Owner Gloria Vidal, who is Venezuelan, began a relationship with the artists — many...
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Makeover: Dema

Makeover: Dema from Mission Local on Vimeo. Dema Grim is the owner and designer of Dema, located at 1038 Valencia Street. Modeled by Natalie Reclosado. Music: HAIM- “Falling” (Instrumentals) First Outfit: Printed Penny Dress- $138 Level 99 Denim Jacket- $143 Stephanie Hoffman necklace- $48 Second Outfit: Solid Penny Dress- $148 Co-Lab Bag- $64 YuSquare Socks- $11 AJ Morgan Sunglasses- $20...

Organic Clothing Stumps Even SF Hipsters

The manager of Synergy Organic Clothing’s  Mission location said that being on Valencia Street has brought in a lot of great business for the brand, but sustainable clothing remains a new concept – even for shoppers on Valencia Street. “Everyone knows the importance of organic food, but not a lot know about organic clothing,” said store manager Claire Stetina. Holly Battey, an associate,...
Photo by Sara Iravani.

Spring Looks as the Clock Changes

The clocks sprung forward and Mission Local was up on Sunday morning searching for stylishly dressed early risers along 24th Street, between York and Hampshire Streets. After a lingering fog was sucked back over Sutro Tower the sun warmed the streets to a picture-perfect 64 degrees where we caught Mission dwellers beginning their day; running errands for the week, snagging...
Inside Flag Mama and Futbol Papa on 24th St., by Keli Dailey

Most Popular World Cup Jersey in the Mission?

How will the USA’s World Cup loss affect Mission business? It could alter the top-selling FIFA inventory at Flag Mama and Futbol Papa on 24th Street, say the owners. The most popular soccer jerseys sold to date have been: 1. USA 2. Brazil 3. Argentina Michelle de Barrionuevo—the “Flag Mama” behind this small, exploded closet of soccer apparel, flags and national jerseys ranging from $20...
This year, Mission Bicycle Company is offering its first line of Día de los Muertos T-shirts. Images courtesy of Mission Bicycle Company

Must Have: Día de los Muertos-inspired Tees

Mission Bicycle Company is offering its first line of locally printed, limited-edition Día de los Muertos T-shirts. In the past, the company has designed calavera-inspired (skull) bicycles by staffer David Archard. This year, new staffer Jacob Niebergall designed the American Apparel T-shirts that incorporate bicycle gears within the skull. According to Niebergall: “I really enjoyed doing the research on traditional Día de los Muertos iconography....
Betabrand, at 780 Valencia Street

VIDEO: Betabrand

From cordarounds, bomber jacket hoodies, to pinstriped-fleeced blazers, Betabrand offers up some of the most eclectic threads on Valencia Street today.  Here, Mission Local takes a closer look at the “crowd-built clothing company” that grew from a once online-only brand to opening its first retail storefront in May 2013. Betabrand 780 Valencia Street (800) 694-9491