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Dog-Eared Books, Zeitgeist Added to Legacy Business Registry

Five more small businesses have joined the city’s Legacy Business Registry, including two in the Mission: Dog-Eared Books and Zeitgeist. The registry, which formally acknowledges selected small businesses for their impact on their surrounding communities, allows business owners the to apply for yearly Business Assistance Grants of $500 per employee (capped at 100 employees), and provides crucial leverage in negotiating...

Sutter Health Center Takes Root in SF Mission Condominium Building

The Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation is moving a new healthcare center into the currently empty retail spaces at the bottom of the five-story condominium building at 899 Valencia St., set to open in mid-November. The development houses 18 condominiums and three empty spaces on its ground floor, all of which will be occupied by the outpatient healthcare facility in an effort...

Staffing Woes Shutter Valencia St. Kebab Restaurant

One of the owners of Valencia & Kebab at 525 Valencia St. confirmed this week that the Mediterranean restaurant has shut its doors for good after just 10 months of business in the Mission. Emin Tekin co-owns the restaurant and two others – both called Kobani Mediterranean Grill, in the Marina and another in Berkeley. Tekin said that the restaurateurs...

“Fine Casual” Greek Food Coming to Valencia St.

Following Grub’s silent exit from Valencia Street in late August, the space that briefly housed the popular brunch locale has already landed a new tenant – Souvla, a “casual Greek sandwich shop and wine bar,” is set to open its doors at 758 Valencia St. in early 2017. Described as “fine casual” dining, Souvla’s menu is rather simple, featuring classics such...

Man Steals Cash from Tip Jar, Three Men Rob Man at Knifepoint

A man robbed a tip jar from a business on Valencia Street on Wednesday morning, grabbing a woman’s arm and injuring it in the process. At 9:40 a.m., a man in his 40s went into a business on Valencia Street between 23rd and 24th streets, walked around the counter, and grabbed the arm of the 42-year-old woman behind the counter....

Music, Makers and Civics at Sunday Streets

A somewhat blustery and slightly overcast day didn’t deter hundreds of pedestrians and cyclists from strolling or cruising along Valencia Street on Sunday. Live music in the streets and clouds of bubbles are hard to resist. But the civic engagement groups were particularly noticeable at this particular iteration of Sunday Streets as well, with both local political hopefuls and a plethora of...

New Tech Shuttle Stops Proposed Along 26th and Valencia Streets

In addition to new commuter shuttle stop zones at Dolores Street between 18th and 19th streets and at 16th and Sanchez streets, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency is proposing to remove two current stops along Valencia Street, one at 24th Street and one at 25th Street, and replacing them with stops at 26th Street. This proposal comes as part of an ongoing effort to...

Sponsors Support, Save SF Mission Genre Bookstore

A science fiction, mystery and horror bookstore that has weathered some 19 years on Valencia Street is thriving under a sponsorship model its supporters concocted last year – and while its owner is not recklessly optimistic, there is a possibility that the store may acquire a building for a permanent home in San Francisco. A year has passed since science-fiction...

Realty Seeking SF Address Faces Opposition

A lukewarm welcome awaited the proprietors of a potential new real estate office and coffee shop at the Planning Commission, where Keller Williams Realty on Thursday sought a permit to move into what was once ArtZone 461 on Valencia Street. The realty firm has dozens of locations across the country and several in the Bay Area, and at issue is...

As Families Disappear, SF Mission Health Center Consolidates

The Mission Neighborhood Health Center, the largest health clinic in the neighborhood, will close its location at Valencia Street and consolidate the services offered there to its main location on Shotwell and 16th streets and its Excelsior location. The Valencia clinic provides pediatric and teen services, while the Excelsior and Shotwell clinics provide services for people of all ages. Brenda Storey,...

Smitten Ice Cream Returns to its SF Roots

The wagon set up on the streets of the Mission back in 2009 is poised to return early summer of 2016 as a full-grown ice cream shop. Robyn Sue Fisher, fresh from Stanford with an MBA,  began Smitten Ice Cream by selling frozen treats in the Mission district out of a Radio Flyer®. Since then, she has opened shops in...

Hayes Valley Kebab Makers Move to SF Mission

Hayes & Kebab, a Hayes Valley restaurant demolished to make way for new construction, has resurfaced in the Mission as Valencia & Kebabs at 525 Valencia St.. It is taking over the former location of the Indian restaurant Gajalee. “It’s how we cook food in Kurdistan,” explained Emin Tekin, who along with his brother Bawer co-owns the restaurant as well...

Potential New Restrictions on SF Formula Retail Face Opposition

Stronger restrictions on formula retail — chain stores — could be coming to San Francisco in the next few months, but they are facing significant opposition, a Planning Commission meeting last night showed. In the Mission, the Valencia Street commercial corridor and its merchants’ association has a history of fiercely opposing formula retail, most notably with its opposition to the entry...

Online Biz, Rising Rents Close Valencia St. Stores

After losing much of their business to online sales and facing steadily rising rents, two businesses on San Francisco’s Valencia Street will shutter and two will relocate by mid-February. Another business has already shut down, and two others in the two-block stretch worry about their futures.  Lost Weekend Video, after 18 years on Valencia Street, will relocate to inside the Alamo...