Tag Archives: vcma

Merchants balk at restaurant addition to retail (updated)

Update: Planning Commissioners approved the addition of a restaurant into the existing events venue and retail space called Amado’s, formerly Viracocha, on 20th and Valencia streets. The commissioners voted unanimously, 5-0, to allow Amado’s to add a restaurant at the back of its street-level commercial space, but also required that it increase the amount of space reserved for retail in the front of...

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...

Holiday Block Party Tonight!

The Christmas countdown has begun. But where to find something for grandma with her taste for indie clothing design?  How about cousin Ed who likes single origin coffee? Your niece Fantasia who wants a little known punk band on vinyl? A new bike basket for your fixie? Any or all of those things can be found along Valencia Street and tonight the Valencia...

More Big Brands Eye the Mission’s Edginess

“The Mission District.” It’s not just a place. It’s an idea. It’s a style. And for growing number of national and international retailers, it’s a desirable brand worthy of association. The English clothing store Fred Perry and the hat manufacturer Goorin Brothers are the latest companies interested in opening up stores in the Mission. Neither have immediate plans but both...

Jack Spade Opponents Win a Rehearing

In a decisive victory for the group opposing Jack Spade’s arrival on 16th Street, the Board of Appeals voted 4 to 1 Wednesday to rehear an earlier appeal that failed after it ended in a split vote. This means that the group of Valencia merchants opposing Jack Spade will have one more opportunity on December 11 to argue why the...

Board of Appeals Strikes Blow to Opposition; Second Jack Spade Hearing Next Week

The Board of Appeals unanimously voted Wednesday to deny the Valencia Corridor Merchants Association’s request to file a late appeal of the Planning Department’s determination that Jack Spade is not a chain store. However, to the confusion and surprise of the group opposing the luxury retailer’s arrival on 16th Street, this may not actually make much of a difference for...

Hearts, Minds, Handbags: Jack Spade Divides 16th St.

More merchants and workers on 16th Street appear to be on the fence than decisively for or against the men’s luxury retailer Jack Spade moving into the former site of Adobe books at 3166 16th Street. In a door-to-door survey of 68 businesses on 16th street between Dolores and Mission streets, Mission Local interviewed a mix of employees and owners,...

Jack Spade: Chain Store or Not? Battle on 16th Street

The battle over Adobe Books’ former location heated up last week when the site’s new tenant, the high-end men’s retailer Jack Spade, had to halt construction. Work was stopped after a group of business owners with the Valencia Corridor Merchants Associations (VCMA) filed an appeal with the Planning Department alleging that Jack Spade, affiliated with luxury retailer Kate Spade, is...