Month: July 2019

  • Is SFs Valencia St Too Expensive for Its Own Good

    first_imgWith the exit of Chocolatier Blue Parlor at a site going for $10 a square foot and the appearance of other empty storefronts, it’s beginning to seem to some that Valencia Street has become unsustainable for the independent artisans that it has long attracted.Instead, the street has started to attract retailers and restaurants that are not chains — a formula retail law ensures that any business with more than 11 locations must get a special permit — but already have several locations. They aren’t homegrown in the Mission, but imported from elsewhere in San Francisco or the world.These include the more recent stores to open — Chrome, DSPTCH, Balm and Veo Optics.For some of those long on the street, higher rents are changing its once special vibe. Tags: valencia street Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% “I have friends who don’t walk down Valencia Street because they don’t recognize it anymore,” said Dema Grim, owner of Dema, a vintage clothing boutique that she has operated on Valencia Street for 18 years. “I’m not even sure that I fit in anymore as a unique business owner – I just don’t think that the customer for what I do is still in the city.”An extremely low retail vacancy rate throughout the city’s commercial districts has put pressure on several commercial spaces throughout the city. But making the rent — even when the product would be considered expensive by many — is not always easy.The $10 a square foot for 500 square feet that Chocolatier Blue Parlor left behind is more than double the $2 to $4 per square foot that business owners paid in 2009 and considerably higher than the $5 to $7 a square foot leases of 2014 or the $6 to $8 per square foot many businesses are paying now.The location at 904 Valencia Street was the highest per square foot retail space in the street’s history, according to Jefferson McCarley, general manager of the Mission Bicycle Company and spokesperson for the Valencia Corridor Merchants Associations (VCMA). McCarley, though acknowledging that rent increases are inevitable, describes this pricing as ‘vulgar.’“I would say that is not normal – that rental is not market-rate,” said McCarley, who was shocked when the chocolate manufacturer first approached him, willing to pay up. “I asked them how they expected to do business like that. It was insane.”And unsustainable. After 16 months, the chocolate shop is now closed. 0%center_img Fighting to keep Valencia Street independent In an effort to keep rents relatively reasonable and to preserve Valencia Street’s artsy, independent character, McCarley and other merchants members of the VCMA have fought hard to keep formula retail, or chain stores, out. The latter require a conditional use permit and a public hearing before being able to settle into the corridor.Jack Spade, American Apparel and Aesop all failed to win the community’s approval or backed out before even trying.But even without chain stores easily moving in, recent tenants remain decidedly more upscale than many of the longterm shops. It’s unclear how much the Italian automaker Pagani is paying for the lease at 461 Valencia Street — a lease it is expected to leave because of the cost of upgrading the space. Nevertheless, it is the sort of retailer — one that makes cars that sell for more than $1 million a piece — that can afford the corridor.It is still uncertain who will move into the 904 Valencia Street space Chocolatier Blue left, but developer Chris Homs said that his firm, Lockehouse Realtors, is looking for “an exciting, retail apparel-type tenant — someone that adds to the neighborhood.”The adjacent space at 908 Valencia Street, which was also acquired by Chocolatier Blue and currently stands empty, will temporarily serve as a pop-up for L.A.-based designer label Skingraft. Online, it sells hoodies for $345 and $408 (on sale), prices that are steeper than those of old-line businesses like Dema.New pop-up SkinGraft plans to stay for a month or so. Photo by Lydia ChávezHow much an independent business can realistically afford to pay is unclear. And some of those are already gone. Julia Trujillo,  the manager of Aldea Home on Valencia Street, said a rent increase at its children’s store on Valencia means it will  soon reconfigure the space at 890 to include Aldea Niños.Luna Park, a popular restaurant located at 694 Valencia Street, along with the Lexington Club at 19th and Valencia Streets — a well-known Lesbian bar with nearly two decades of history in the community — was recently bought by Gavin Newsom’s PlumpJack Group. The firm could not be reached for comment about the acquisition.While the PlumpJack Group is headquartered in San Francisco, it operates more than a dozen wineries, luxury resorts, restaurants and retail establishments throughout the state, as well as a development company.On the same block, the Elbo Room will be converted into condos by the building’s owners once the lease expires in November. Immediately next door, a 2,000 square foot space at 657 Valencia has been sitting empty for years.“I’ve had that listing forever,” said real estate broker Mark Kaplan. An organic grocery store had signed a lease in 2012, but the building’s owner opted to build condos instead. “It’s a waste – the grocery store would have been an important resource to the community,” said Kaplan.McCarley said the changes are just a sign of the times and the city’s heated economy.“The normal person can’t afford to live anywhere in the city — that’s not unique to the Mission. But the change is really pronounced here on Valencia Street,” he said. “I think that there is still a lot of soul here, and that it’s still the most interesting neighborhood in the world. We take action by doing what we can to preserve the character of the neighborhood.”There are few places as soulful as Laku at 1089 Valencia.Amidst mountains of yarn, Yaeko Yamashita sits next to a sewing machine at the back of her boutique, pensively overlooking embellished hats, colorful fabrics that resemble art, and shelves lined with vintage jewelry — some of the unique creations that fill her handmade haven.Classical music plays in the background, but the store she settled into in 1993 is devoid of customers. More than two decades later, Yamashita notes the changes that the commercial corridor has experienced.Photo by Laura Waxmann“I used to have relationships with my longtime customers — but with the new people, I don’t really have that,” now, she said.Silicon Valley and the nation’s highest job-market has meant an influx of young, affluent residents with little attachment to the neighborhood. Yamashita said they often overlook her little store.“There are more people in the area — but it doesn’t make a big difference in business. People come but they don’t buy. It’s a different kind of customer now,” said Yamashita, with a defeated smile. “Commercial things make money, but stuff like this… People are not interested in handmade products. They come and want to spend money, but they don’t appreciate specialities. It makes me very tired.”Despite hard times, Yamashita considers herself “lucky.” Her five-year lease is up for renewal next year, and she is looking at an increase that will peg her rent at $3,500. For a space on Valencia Street that spans approximately 1,000 square feet, that is cheap.Just a block over from Laku, Jose and Arturo Ibarra are scrambling to tend to the needs of their customers. A pale-ish yellow sign that advertises the printing business, Ibarra Brothers Printing Services, may easily go unnoticed among the street’s vibrant and creative new storefronts.“The problems is with the rents,” said Jose Ibarra, explaining that they have been operating out of their 22nd and Valencia Street location for more than 20 years. “The owner of the building can raise our rent however he wants, and unfortunately we have no other options at the moment but to pay.”The Ibarra brothers renewed their five-year lease last month, and were shocked to find that their rent had tripled —from $3,000 to $9,000 per month.“That was big for us – especially because people don’t come to this street for printing. They are here to shop and have fun,” said Jose. “Now we work extra hours because we have employees to pay, we have bills. Luckily, we always treated our customers as our friends, and we have regulars that come back.”Aldea Niños will combine with Aldea Home. Next door, Ibarra Bros. Printing’s rent shot up. Photo by Lydia Chávez For survival, business owners should understand what the market wantsOn the other end of Valencia Street, ‘space jackets’ that cost $265.50 and ‘dress pant’ yoga pants for $78 line the racks of the warehouse-style Betabrand store — an online crowd-funded clothing store that moved onto the corridor in the summer of 2013.“Products with a story behind them are a conversation starter, and that alone can lead to people becoming interested in a product,” said Harrison Roberts, who works for the company. “We never want to be high-end or intimidating… As soon as you start to bring in that exclusion factor, you see the divide between customer base and who lives here.”Businesses, no matter how small, can survive with the right product, according to Philip Lesser, a business consultant and president of the Mission Merchants Association.He believes that the future of Valencia Street businesses – new and old – depends on their adaptability and the ability to move forward and evolve with the customer.“There are more opportunities than ever with all the social marketing and being able to reach people. Even little businesses now can make themselves seem so much bigger than they ever could before,” said Lesser. “It’s about being able to use the tools that are at your disposal, being able to correctly gauge what the market wants, and then being able to provide those goods and services.” last_img read more

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  • Maps Mission Playgrounds

    first_imgWe’re publishing a new My Mission Zine in a few weeks – a sort of guide to the neighborhood, filled with thoughts from those who live here as well as maps of resources and local haunts.We’re asking for your help to crowd source our maps!Today map: Playgrounds in the Mission. Know any good sites we’ve left out? Let us know in the comments and we will add them.Many thanks! Click here to see the full map.Click here to see a full list of the maps. Tags: Maps – Printable to Guide You Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img 0%last_img read more

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  • LIVERPOOL FCS Academy youngsters will take on Ast

    first_imgLIVERPOOL FC’S Academy youngsters will take on Aston Villa in the FA Youth Cup fourth round on Wednesday, January 15 at Langtree Park (7pm).Neil Critchley’s side beat Blackpool in the third round on penalties to earn the right to host Villa who edged out Plymouth 4-3 at Villa Park.Tickets are now on sale at Langtree Park and here for £5 adults and £3 kids.You will also be able to pay on the day.last_img

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  • ENGLAND coach Steve McNamara has told the players

    first_imgENGLAND coach Steve McNamara has told the players who played in Rugby League World Cup 2013 that they have the ability to determine whether they will be involved in this year’s Four Nations tournament.McNamara has also thrown down the gauntlet to every English player in the First Utility Super League to play their way into his plans for the tournament in Australia and New Zealand this autumn, details of which were announced today (Thursday).The 2014 Four Nations kicks off with England facing Samoa or Fiji in Brisbane on Saturday October 25 in their first match since the heart-breaking World Cup semi-final defeat by New Zealand at Wembley Stadium last November.The pain of that 20-18 reverse was felt by the whole nation, not least the England squad, and McNamara has challenged those players to prove they deserve another shot at the world’s best this autumn.“The World Cup squad was a group of players who were young enough and talented enough to all be considered for selection for the Four Nations,” said McNamara.“I know the qualities they have, both as players and people, but that doesn’t mean any of them are guaranteed to make the squad, because they also need to have form.“The start of Super League has thrown up a few surprises with some clubs pushing hard for honours and some individuals in outstanding form. If they keep playing like they have been, it’s going to be impossible to ignore them.“Clearly the backbone of the Four Nations squad will come from the World Cup but there are plenty of exciting opportunities for players who have been in form in Super League.”McNamara now works in Australia as assistant coach of Sydney Roosters and is keeping up-to-date with the events in Super League as well as maintaining close contact with the England players in the NRL.He will return to the UK in June for a three-day training camp with the Elite Training Squad that will be the last opportunity for the England players to get together before they fly out to Australia in early October.The identity of England’s opening opponents will be determined on May 3 when Fiji and Samoa, the best performing Pacific nations from RLWC2013, meet in a qualifier in Penrith. England’s first game forms part of a double header at Suncorp Stadium with Australia facing New Zealand in a repeat of the World Cup final.England then head for Melbourne to play Australia on Sunday November 2 before flying across the Tasman Sea to take on New Zealand in Dunedin.The Four Nations concludes with the final at Westpac Stadium, Wellington, on Saturday November 15.Whilst many people will inevitably dwell on the events at Wembley Stadium last year, McNamara insists England’s preparations and approach will not be shaped by thoughts of revenge or redemption.“We spoke as a squad immediately after the semi-final about the disappointment we felt at missing out on the chance to have a crack at Australia in the final; we have spoken about it since then and for us it’s all in the past now,” he said.“Rather than dwell on what we didn’t achieve, we want to put ourselves in the best position to do well in the Four Nations.“I’m genuinely excited by what the tournament holds: they are going to be three very tough games and the schedule features a number of challenges for us but I have no doubts that come the Four Nations we will be as well prepared as we can be.”The 2014 Four Nations schedule in full is as follows:Saturday October 25 – England v Fiji or Samoa (Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane)Saturday October 25 – Australia v New Zealand (Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane) Saturday November 1 – New Zealand v Fiji or Samoa (Toll Stadium, Whangarei)Sunday November 2 – Australia v England (AAMI Park, Melbourne)Saturday November 8 – New Zealand v England (Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin)Sunday November 9 – Australia v Fiji or Samoa (WIN Stadium, Wollongong)Saturday November 15 – Final (Westpac Stadium, Wellington)last_img read more

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  • Could it be a Magic Weekend for you and a mate Wi

    first_imgCould it be a Magic Weekend for you and a mate? Win a money can’t buy experience at St James Park!Win the chance to deliver the match ball for the Saints game at St James Park live on Sky Sports.Prostate Cancer UK and Rugby League Cares have joined forces to give one lucky Saints fan the chance to present the ball at kick off, watch the game with a mate and receive a signed match ball by the players. All money raised will help beat prostate cancer and support the rugby league family.Both charities will have a presence at Magic Weekend and they look forward to seeing you there!Simply click here to find out more!last_img read more

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  • The new club will begin in the Community Zone of t

    first_imgThe new club will begin in the Community Zone of the Totally Wicked Stadium on Monday July 3 from 7pm.Running the club on the Foundation’s behalf will be its own Armed Forces Ambassador Andy Reid.Andy said: “I have been hosting Andy’s Man Clubs for quite a while now and have seen how big a part it plays within communities.“We need to be giving people as much help as we can give and if this new club goes on to change one life it will be well worth it.”Foundation Manager Steve Leonard added: “Andy (Reid) was very adamant that Saints Foundation should be involved and run a club in our town. He has seen the good work and the changes it brings and the benefits to communities.“As I have said since I came into this role, the club is the hub of the community and the people of St Helens will be the driver of the Foundation’s work. This is another step in the direction of where we are trying to get to.“Andy will be hosting the club on a Monday evening and it will be clearly signposted. There is no need to go through the main entrance of the club and everything is of a confidential nature.“Anyone who feels they would benefit from Andy’s Man Club please come long for a brew and introduce yourself.“The new Foundation is now beginning to take shape with new ventures and more good people coming on board. The ambassadors we have already announced are working tirelessly to promote our Foundation and to put us back where we should be, standing proudly side by side with the club.“There will be more announcements shortly with new ambassadors coming on board so things are looking brighter. I am on the lookout for some volunteers for roles within the Foundation. Roles that vary but are very important to the continued growth of our Foundation.“Anyone wishing to volunteer or find out more about the roles please email me at steve.leonard@saintsrlfc.com for more details of this exciting opportunity.”last_img read more

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  • Here are numbers four to six4 Ryan Horne – Half

    first_imgHere are numbers four to six.4. Ryan Horne – Half Back from Leigh EastHe is sponsored by Trueflow Commissioning Services Ltd, John Earps Driving Instructor, A & M Jones, EM & J Horne, J & L Horne and Sam Horne.Previous Number 4s: 2004 – Paul Clough (Blackbrook) 2006 – Phil Baines (Chorley Panthers) 2009 – Joe Bate (Blackbrook) 2011 – Alex Clare (Halton Farnworth Hornets) 2013 – Tom Calland (Widnes Moorfield and West Bank Bears) 2015 – Adam Causey (Orrell St James)5. Kian Horridge – Prop Forward from Shevington SharksHe is sponsored by C& C Baseline, AliEN, Quality Build, SGP Transport, JPK Haulage, and S Horridge Concrete.Previous Number 5s: 2004 – Chris Donnelly (Blackbrook) 2006 – Jack Bradbury (Saddleworth Rangers) 2009 – Jordan Case (Blackbrook) 2011 – Jack Connor (Saddleworth Rangers) 2013 – Liam Cooper (Blackbrook) 2015 – Harry Coleman (Leigh Miners Rangers)6. John Hutchings – Winger from Orrell St JamesHe is sponsored by Unite Healthcare, Compfeed Group, St Helens Tyres, Co-op Food Primary Logistics, Castillo Wealth Management, ESC Sun beds, Livesey Spottiswood, St Peters School and Michelle Atherton.Previous Number 6s: 2004 – Ashley Elsley (Hensingham) 2006 – Matthew Clarke (Pilkington Recs) 2009 – Liam Fishwick (Bold Miners) 2011 – Mike Fields (Bold Miners) 2013 – Jonah Cunningham (Blackbrook) 2015 – Matthew Costello (Orrell St James)last_img read more

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  • Lawmakers divided on teacher rally in Raleigh

    first_imgSOUTHEAST, NC (WWAY) — It’s two sides to the coin. Representatives are divided on the issues teachers are bringing forward but are all welcoming to listen to their concerns.“We’re going to do what is necessary to propel North Carolina to the top of education,” Representative Deb Butler said.- Advertisement – “That’s their right to not teach Wednesday and their right to express what they want,” Representative Frank Iler said.As thousands of teachers get ready to march in Raleigh local lawmakers prepare to hear their concerns. The North Carolina Association of Educators says teachers will be fighting for things like more money spent per-pupil and better teacher pay. When it comes to textbooks and new technology, Iler says lawmakers have worked on that.“We’ve allocated plenty of money to have technology in every classroom and that’s on the way. It’s also been a lot of gains in the urban areas, now we’re trying to get to the rural areas,” Iler said.Related Article: Parents want answers after ‘Columbine-style’ plot uncovered at NC schoolHowever, Butler says a recent visit to a school showed more needs to be done.“Someone said, ‘Well we don’t need textbooks because they have computers.’ No they don’t. They don’t have computers, they don’t have the resources they need. They don’t have textbooks,” Butler said.Iler also believes this rally is just a forced effort by the NCAE.“Their membership is hurting. I think they need to do something to try to get some attention and I think this is the NCAE trying to get attention and getting it at the expense of our children not being taught,” Iler said.But Butler says Iler’s comments are part of the problem.“Teachers are not politicians. They don’t care about politics. They care about their students. They care about classrooms. They care about teaching. And so, to demean their opinion like that is regrettable,” Butler said.WWAY reached out to Representatives Ted Davis, Holly Grange and Michael Lee. Davis and Grange were unable to comment on the matter and Davis could not be reached.last_img read more

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  • Whiteville man accused of shooting woman in head arrested

    first_imgPrentis McDuffie (Photo: Columbus Co. Sheriff’s Office) COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A Whiteville man faces several charges related to the shooting of a woman in Tabor City last month.The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office says on May 16, Prentis McDuffie, 28, was inside a vehicle with a 26-year-old woman when he shot her in the head.- Advertisement – The woman was taken to the hospital.McDuffie was arrested on Friday.He is charged with assault with a deadly weapon with the intent to kill and was was served a warrant for an outstanding failure to appear charge.Related Article: Man found in New Hanover Co. indicted on illegal reentry chargesOn Monday, he was also charged with possession of firearm by a felon.According to the NC Department of Public Safety, McDuffie was previously convicted of assault and battery and kidnapping.His bond is set at $142,500.last_img read more

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  • Businesses bracing for bridge closure pleased with holiday weekend patronage

    first_img00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings OAK ISLAND, NC (WWAY) –  Businesses in Oak Island and Southport are hoping this holiday week is bringing in much-needed revenue.In May, we told you about an effort by small businesses to promote local patronage in anticipation of the G.V. Barbee Bridge closure.- Advertisement – Work is slowly getting underway that will eventually lead to the bridge being completely closed this October.All summer more than 40 Oak Island and Southport businesses are teaming up to sell these shirts to remind people of the bridge closure. Folks at Nancy Joe’s Bakery say the effort has helped bring their regular customers back more often.A majority of these stores rely on that constant local patronage, but say these holidays can help give them a comfortable cushion.Related Article: Water conservation urged for Memorial Day throughout Brunswick County“Beach day was a good success for us and everyone around us as well,” said baker Megan Glenn. “This week has been pretty much the same as we always do. We always do a good turnout for the summer.”last_img read more

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