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.
Our merchants provide the products and services we need to live good and fulfilling lives. They are the lifeblood of our community.
Over the coming weeks and months, there will be additional adjustments to the Stay Home Health Order that will allow us to regain some sense of normalcy.
DIRECTIVE OF THE HEALTH OFFICER OFTHE CITY AND COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO REGARDING REQUIRED BEST PRACTICES FOR SHIPPING OR DELIVERY ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES
In the Sunset District, the degree to which local businesses are being affected varies based on when they were forced to close and their ability to maintain other ways to generate income. But they are all struggling to support their employees and their customers and await an uncertain future if and when they reopen.
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,”
Project Equity, a national organization in the movement to harness employee ownership to maintain thriving local business communities and address income and wealth inequality, together with the San Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD) recently announced a partnership to offer San Francisco’s small business owners a business succession support program.
“The Inner Sunset is the greatest area in the City,” Kamely said, throwing his strong hands across his chest. “America is a great opportunity for everyone who has a dream.
The San Franpsycho success story was born on the waves of Ocean Beach among a tight-knit community of surfers and has grown into what is now a thriving Sunset-based business, a clothing shop and lifestyle brand and a hub of community energy with good vibes.
Members of the Other Avenues Food Co-op celebrate after the Outer Judah Street business was named “small business
of the year” by District 4 Supervisor Katy Tang.
As the Sunset District struggles to fill vacant commercial buildings, some merchants along Taraval Street west of 25th Avenue wonder if the recent removal of about 70 parking spaces on the commercial corridor might also be the final factor that puts them out of business.