Last August, longtime Cole Valley salon Vierra and Friends (85 Carl St.) made a temporary sojourn to the Lower Haight to stay in business while its building was seismically retrofitted.
The salon moved temporarily into the former Bean There location at 201 Steiner St., which is also owned by its Cole Street landlord, Danny Scher.
But as of last Friday, the salon, which has been in business for 26 years, is now back to its regularly scheduled programming in Cole Valley.
"We couldn't have done it without our landlord," said co-owner Lison Vierra. "We're just feeling lucky and ecstatic. It's been amazing, and the neighborhood's been amazing."
Vierra said the Lower Haight was a supportive home for the shop's temporary stay. "The merchants in the Lower Haight are so fantastic and old-school—it's like real old San Francisco."
The salon's move means that Blue Bottle Coffee is now one step closer to moving into 201 Steiner, as we reported last year. The rapidly expanding coffee purveyor applied for a conditional use permit from the Planning Department last summer—necessary because it has more than 11 worldwide locations, qualifying it as "formula retail."
According to city permit records, the conditional use permit is still under review. We've reached out to both Blue Bottle and Planning to get an update on what's going on, but neither has responded as of yet.
Another Cole Valley business remains in retrofit limbo:
Tantrum (858 Cole St.), which has been closed since last April, and La Boulangerie (1000 Cole St.), which closed earlier this month. We'll keep you posted with updates about their respective returns to Cole Valley.
Thanks to tipster Patty. See something interesting while you're out and about? Text Hoodline at (415) 200-3233 and we'll see what we can find out.
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