Editorial: S.O.S. – Save Our Stores!

By Michael Durand

I will get right to the point: local businesses need our help!

The struggle to scrape up the money for rent, insurance, utilities, wages, supplies, equipment, taxes and more is a burden many small businesses can no longer bear, especially in a city as expensive as San Francisco.

We ran a news story in last month’s Richmond Review about the sad fact that Louis’ restaurant closed for good after more than 80 years as a landmark restaurant on the cliff above the ruins of Sutro Baths. Ton Kiang restaurant on Geary is closing after 42 years. These are just the tip of the iceberg. We are at risk of losing many more of our cherished shops, restaurants and bars.

 I received a call from one of our community’s business leaders asking what I can do to help. His message was heartfelt and particularly dire. Many businesses are suffering mightily and are at risk of shutting down forever.

This affects the Richmond Review, too. Without the support from local businesses, our community newspaper  could not exist. The ripple effects of this pandemic could cause widespread damage to the fabric of our neighborhoods. 

The best I can do now is to urge every member of our community to make an extra effort to shop at local businesses and purchase food to go from local restaurants and coffee shops. If each of us added one more purchase a week to our routines, we could make a difference.

Our challenge is to balance our practice of staying safe at home with the vital need for buying from our neighbors who run small businesses. So many business owners have taken admirable steps toward keeping their business alive while painstakingly practicing measures designed to avoid the spread of the virus. 

Use your best judgment to keep yourself, your family and your community healthy while doing what you can to keep our local businesses alive. What would our neighborhoods be like without them? 


Balboa Village Merchants Association


Clement Street Merchants Association


Geary Boulevard Merchants Association


Laurel Village Merchants Association


Editor’s note: After the Richmond Review was printed, Richmond District resident and Richmond Review reader Poonam Kapoor suggested listing OneRichmond as a resource. I regret the oversight and truly appreciate the input from our loyal readers to help make sure our information is accurate and comprehensive. It takes a village!

One Richmond


Many thanks to Poonam for the reminder and also for her email with more resources:

“Here are some free resources small businesses can take advantage of that should be helpful tools”:



Thank you very much, Poonam!

Michael Durand is the editor-in-chief and publisher of the Richmond Review and Sunset Beacon newspapers and the RichmondSunsetNews website.

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