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Queen’s Shoes on Mission Street to close up shop

Discount shoe retailer Queen’s Shoes at 2356 Mission Street will close soon, signs in its windows and around the store announce. A changing neighborhood and traffic changes on the street, the owners said, were just a few factors that contributed to their decision, though they declined to go into details. Now they hope to sell their inventory and close the...

Conflict over 380 units at 16th and Mission resumes

Far from burying the hatchet, a developer and various neighborhood organizations are rekindling a years-long feud over a 380-unit housing project planned for 16th and Mission streets that had been stalled, but is again moving forward. On Tuesday, some 60 activists had a rally at the 16th Street BART Plaza and voiced a new grievance: The Plaza 16 Coalition, a...

Historic building weathers grocery owner, former Facebook exec and now another

After years of disrepair and neglect, a historic building at 18th and Mission streets is in the process of trading ownership from a former Facebook executive to a commercial developer. Once a hub of the Mission’s Miracle Mile, the building may now become a dialysis center. Mike Conn, senior vice president of Meridian Property Company, a commercial developer based in San Ramon, confirmed...

VIDEO: SF art store struggles against e-commerce

The owners of Artillery A.G. discuss how online purchasing is affecting small businesses in San Francisco’s Mission District. This part of an occasional series –  Shop Local Disrupted –  that will look at how local retail is being upended by an ongoing transformation of the country’s retail economy.  On Thursday, the owners of Artillery will unveil a new look that offers...

City banks on Bay Area Latinos to support Mission District businesses

Can the city bring more Latinos to shop in the Mission District? The answer will become clearer on Saturday as the city launches a series of events to lure the Bay Area’s Latino population to the neighborhood that still has the highest concentration of Latinos in San Francisco. The city has already dedicated the Calle 24th Latino Cultural District and...

12th Annual Walk Against Rape returns to the Mission this Saturday

April is sexual assault awareness month, and for the 12th consecutive year, community members will be gathering at the Women’s Building at 3543 18th St. this Saturday to raise awareness of rape and sexual violence. The annual Walk Against Rape is organized by San Francisco Women Against Rape, a volunteer-based rape counseling center that provides crisis services including a 24-hour hotline and medical, legal...

Mission Cultural Center mural gets a makeover

After 35 years of enduring the Mission weather, the iconic mural that decorates the front of the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts needed a bit of a facelift and that restoration started Tuesday morning with two of the original artists on hand. “What I did then, and what we hope to do again is to provide an opportunity for the...

City took away 1,000 SF trash cans, and now returns many to Mission St.

Mission District Supervisor Hillary Ronen on Tuesday rolled out a new city-funded initiative to combat littering along Mission Street by installing some three dozen new trashcans along the corridor. “We know that Mission Street has a serious litter problem – our crews clean there daily,” said Public Works Spokesperson Rachel Gordon. Ronen called the six-month program an “experiment” that counters the city’s...

Trash piled on to staffing costs and slumping sales to close Thrift Town

Expensive trash, it appears, was one of the reasons Thrift Town closed its doors last week after 45 years of supplying bargain hunters with all things used. “The trash compactor issue was ‘salt in the wound’,” said co-owner Wendy Steinmetz, piling up on other costs like healthcare fees and the rising minimum wage. The latter costs had been ongoing, but...

Thrift Town shoppers arrive too late for one last bargain

Like most of the customers of Thrift Town who arrived on Thursday for one last visit, Lupé Cabrera felt cheated. The front door was locked. “It came out of nowhere it’s so shocking, said Cabrera who had been visiting the store since she was a child and wanted one last roam through its two floors of used clothes, kitchen gadgets,...

Thrift Town on Mission shutters after 45 years

Declining sales have forced Thrift Town on Mission and 17th streets to close its doors permanently as of Wednesday afternoon. “The retail landscape is changing drastically and despite our exhaustive efforts to meet the ongoing challenges of increased costs and declining sales, we are unable to generate the sales necessary to sustain our long-standing business in San Francisco,” a letter...

Techies, Transformations, and the Personal Touch at a Mission St. Fitness Studio

Mission Street, once distinguished by taquerias is increasingly a workout corridor  – at least nine businesses line the corridor from 14th to 24th streets promising more svelte silhouettes. Unlike many of them,  BodyFi, having just celebrated its seventh year in the Financial District and four years on Mission Street, is not a gym. It’s a fitness studio. In fact, owner...

Development Delayed As SF Commission Wants Less Aggressive Design

A 12-unit building planned to replace an auto repair shop at 15th and Mission streets was sent back to the drawing board on Thursday after a unanimous Planning Commission vote to delay a decision on the project and recommend the developer make design changes. The vote came months after the Mission Economic Development Agency filed a request for a review...

Fire-Torn SRO Gutted and Up for Sale, 3300 Club Ousted

The owner of the Graywood Hotel, a single-room occupancy hotel damaged by a June 2016 blaze that displaced more than 50 people, has put the building up for sale amidst extensive renovations. The commercial leases in the building are now terminated, while advocates for the residential tenants are working to ensure they exercise their right to return. “We just don’t...