Seismic Work Complete, 'Groove Merchant Records' Returns To Haight Street

Owner Chris Veltri in the Haight St. space after the retrofit. | Photos: Teresa Hammerl/Hoodline
By Teresa Hammerl - Published on January 03, 2018.

After five months in a temporary smaller space across the street, Groove Merchant Records spent the first days of the new year moving back into its home at 687 Haight St. (at Pierce), now open.

In accordance with building codes, the store underwent a major seismic retrofit. "They had to gut the floors down to put these braces in," said owner Chris Veltri, gesturing at a wall.

According to Veltri, the store's temporary move to 214 Pierce St. coincided with a ramp-up in work on area infrastructure improvements that tore up the roadway. As a result, parking was disrupted, regular customers avoided the area, and out-of-town shoppers were left confused.

"That pretty much killed business," he said.

Moving off Haight Street also reduced foot traffic, and the new space was covered in scaffolding. "It was hard, I nearly bankrupted," Veltri explained.

He expects business to slowly return to normal and is in the process of redecorating the space. Veltri said he's also considering other new projects in the store and plans to offer more photo books like last year's Record People.

Veltri said a friend plans to rent the space next door, formerly home to plant store Cove. "We are going to have an art gallery there," Veltri said. "It will be tied into the shop here," although the two spaces won't be physically connected.

When the gallery space is active, the pair plan to use the space for monthly and weekly events, as well as sales. The gallery will have a strong focus on photography paired with a music theme.

The new space will be called Family Affair after the soul classic by Sly and the Family Stone, Veltri added, noting that it jibes with the fact that record label Luv N' Haight, which once operated out of the same location, is also named after one of the band's songs.

The new arts and events space will be ready to open in "another month or so," said Veltri.

Groove Merchant Records is open every day from 12pm to 7pm.

About 6 hours ago
San Francisco Chinatown

$1.9 Million Chinatown relief measure passes Board of Supervisors

The Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a relief measure that would pay ailing Chinatown restaurants nearly $2 million to serve up meals for their neighbors in need. Read More

About 10 hours ago
San Francisco Tenderloin

The Tenderloin used to have a bar where a woman was slowly dying in a bed behind a curtain in back

An autobiographical essay titled "The Hard Crowd" by novelist Rachel Kushner, published in last week's New Yorker, offers some vivid snapshots of several long-gone Tenderloin bars, including one with a convalescing person in a bed in back. Read More

About 11 hours ago
San Francisco Castro

Milk Club holds MLK Day tribute at Castro's 'Hibernia Beach' honoring community leaders

Yesterday the Harvey Milk LGBTQ Democratic Club (Milk Club) held a Martin Luther King Jr. Day tribute at Castro's Bank of America (501 Castro St.), commonly referred to as 'Hibernia Beach,' honoring the civil rights icon and the passing of recent community members. Read More

Jan 18, 2021
San Francisco Cow Hollow Presidio Heights

‘Purse Filled With Yogurt’ alert on Citizen app milks jokes in Cow Hollow

The culture of Cow Hollow may be under attack, or maybe some joker called the police for a pretty cheesy reason. Read More