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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...

SF politicians, bicyclists and others gear up for bike lane changes

Supervisor Hillary Ronen is living in fear. Her husband takes their young daughter to school nearly every day on the back of his bicycle and, nearly every day, she’s haunted by mental imagery of the two of them being doored or sideswiped or otherwise coming to grief on Valencia Street. San Francisco’s major cycling artery is also ground zero for...

SF Mission’s Vietnamese restaurant MAU reopens

Valencia Street Vietnamese joint MAU reopened on Wednesday. Nadim Heto, the restaurant’s general manager, said all the employees were invited back, and many returned. That includes the restaurant’s chef, Kai Dang, who returned from Saigon and Da Lat, Vietnam, with fresh culinary ideas. “We’ve kept the food that you love and are introducing new favorites,” Heto said. Mau closed in...

SF legislator to Uber, Lyft: Get out of the bike lane

San Francisco District 9 supervisor Hillary Ronen sent a letter to ride-hailing giants Uber and Lyft Tuesday, asking them to use geofencing technology to find safe places for pick-ups and drop-offs — and to test such a system on Valencia Street, notorious for ride-share cars blocking the bike lanes. “At this point, Valencia is completely out of control with bikes,...

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...

Popular pho spot MAU on Valencia Street closing Saturday

The Vietnamese restaurant MAU, located on 18th and Valencia streets, will be closing its doors Saturday. “Thank you for all your support and patronage over these last five years,” a note taped to its door read on Wednesday morning. The popular pho spot cited rising rent and operating costs as reasons for its closure, EaterSF reported, based on an earlier...

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...

Bike safety advocates, plus D8 Sup, hit the street for protected bike lanes

The yellow-shirted bicycle-safety activists were back on Valencia Street between 18th and 19th streets Thursday afternoon, carrying signs that read: “Protected lane.” Their aim is to get something built on Valencia that physically separates cyclists and drivers on the road to avoid collisions. As it stands, the street has painted bike lanes, but nothing stops drivers from rolling into them...

After nearly 100 years, SF mortuary is alive and kicking

Locked away in the basement safe at the Duggan Welch funeral home on 17th street are old record books, some dating back to the days when the mortuary carried out funeral processions by horse and carriage. Steven Welch, the current owner, flipped through the pages. The earliest books are in his great-grandfather’s cursive. Later documents are in his grandmother’s handwriting...

826 Valencia block party a haven from protests

People from all walks of life gathered at 20th and Valencia streets on Saturday to celebrate the 15th anniversary of 826 Valencia, a writing and tutoring center co-founded by novelist Dave Eggers. The atmosphere was quaint as children played carnival games, bands performed and the people strolled around, soaking up the sun. It seemed a small haven from a day...

Without permission: SF ‘Coffee roasters are surfers riding waves of energy’

The Drupe is Dope at Four Barrel In San Francisco, if you’re looking for a drink, camaraderie, and conversation, don’t look to your local bartender. Instead, go to your local barista. At 9:30 a.m., Bradley Allen, 48, is performing a one-man show, starring: coffee! He’s the man behind the slow bar at the Four Barrel Coffee roaster at 15th and Valencia....

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...

Without Permission: Early a.m. in the Mission

I arrived on Valencia Street at 6:30 a.m. and took a stroll, soaking in the lovely loneliness of a street usually bustling with energy. A homeless man was reading the Calendar section of the SF Weekly with interest. I wondered what he thought as he envisioned the various events he’s unlikely to attend. A guy sitting on a bench nearby...

Elbo Room move delayed, owners carve out another year on current lease

Granted a one year lease- extension from its landlord, the Elbo Room will continue to operate out of its current 17th and Valencia street location until 2019. “We are excited. It means everybody still has jobs,” said Matt Shapiro, co-owner of the iconic Mission District bar, shortly before calling a staff meeting to inform his employees of the good news...