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Comics shop Silver Sprocket makes a move, but stays in the Haight

Independent neighborhood comics shop and publisher Silver Sprocket has moved — but it hasn't gone far.

Founded 22 years ago by Avi Ehrlich and operated out of his apartment until 2017, Silver Sprocket moved to then-vacant 1685 Haight St. a year-and-a-half ago in a temporary arrangement aimed at offering the collective a more sustainable, public-facing showcase for its artists' work.

Now, at the same time 1685 Haight St. is gearing up to become the neighborhood's first and only recreational cannabis dispensary, Silver Sprocket has moved directly next door to the former Bang On t-shirt shop at 1687 Haight St., which has stood vacant since last year.

"We're so glad it's worked out so well" on Haight, Ehrlich said, adding that the new shop is already well-suited to their purposes. "This space is great — it feels like I'm inside Saved By The Bell." 

"Everything we carry is vouched for by someone who works here," Ehrlich said. | Photo: Camden Avery/Hoodline

With a slightly larger footprint, the shop will have an "expanded selection of all indie comics, lots of comics by local creators and local zine makers," Ehrlich said. "We're excited to ramp up our selection of badass indie comics from around the world."

With the extra space, the team has plans "to build weird stuff," Ehrlich added, like "a three-hole mini golf course based on characters in our books."

And though the shop's tenure in the Haight is only secure until the fall, when the building will undergo a seismic retrofit, Ehrlich said "we're looking forward to finishing out 2019 here and making it work" as he looks for a permanent home.

Silver Sprocket is open daily from noon to 7 p.m. A grand opening this Sunday, March 10 is slated to include guest artists, comic portraiture, and other festivities. 

1687 Haight Street

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