Nothing about 2020 has been typical, but brothers Saadi and Adar Halil, the co-owners and founders of Hometown Creamery, have stayed optimistic. They have also managed to stay open during the most challenging circumstances for small businesses in memory.
According to the SFMTA website, “Shared Spaces allows merchants to use sidewalks, full or partial streets, and other nearby public spaces like parks, parking lots and plazas for restaurant pick-up and other neighborhood retail activities.”
The Hockey Haven has operated continuously for more than 70 years, up until the past few months of shelter in place. They are one of the many small businesses in the Richmond District that have been impacted by the pandemic.
San Francisco restaurants started serving customers at outdoor tables on June 15 after three months of being restricted to take-out and delivery to help slow the spread of the coronavirus.
Roberta Mindich-Fink and Jesse Fink remember so many people who have come through the doors of Toy Boat Dessert Cafe, at the corner of Clement Street and Fifth Avenue, that it is hard to recall all of them at once.
While businesses in the Richmond District are facing tremendous challenges due to the shutdown to avoid the spread of the coronavirus, there are also glimmers of hope.
Gui Oliveira profiles an old family-run business in the Richmond, Gus’ Discount Tackle.
Small Businesses in the Richmond are reeling from shelter-in-place orders that have left non-essential businesses struggling to survive.
As shelter-in-place orders are extended a number of small business owners struggle to stay open.
Andytown Coffee has joined other local businesses in the healthcare delivery program to support San Francisco hospitals.
Pandemic Prompts Shelter-in-Place Order: Businesses Struggle to Survive
For more than 12 years, the lime-green sliver of a building has been doling out small-batch goodies. What was once a garage, and later a barber shop, is today a nook for people to catch a breath, enjoy a coffee and grab a bite.
“My hope with Boavida is to provide the neighborhood with some delicious and healthy food, and a small market where they could pick up fresh bread, fruit, cheese and wine. We even sell toilet paper, due to neighborhood demand,”
Yo Tambien Cantina on Hugo Street and Fourth Avenue in the Inner Sunset District offers community; a place to sit, unwind and relax into conversation with loved ones or total strangers.
Gallagher opened the doors to Wee Scotty’s new location in a corner building at 1900 Taraval St. in December 2019, lining the walls with Brother sewing machines, countless spools of thread and fabrics of all stripes and colors.