Silver Sprocket decamps the Upper Haight for move to the Mission

Silver Sprocket decamps the Upper Haight for move to the Mission
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By Camden Avery - Published on February 03, 2020.

Last week was the end of operations in the Upper Haight for Silver Sprocket, the comics publisher and record label that opened its first brick-and-mortar retail shop at 1685 Haight in 2017.

Silver Sprocket will be moving from the Haight to the Mission, sharing a storefront at 1038 Valencia St. (at 21st) with 1-2-3-4 GO! Records.

"We're moving in with our buds," said Silver Sprocket founder Avi Ehrlich. "It's not our own space; we're splitting it 50-50 down the middle, like a '90s sitcom. We're going to draw a line and sit on our side."

Silver Sprocket will move in with 1-2-3-4 GO! Records on Valencia Street. | Photo: 1-2-3-4 GO!/Facebook

Silver Sprocket always knew its space in the Haight would be temporary, Ehrlich said.

"The landlord was absolutely fantastic to us, [but] we knew all along it was their intention to do an earthquake retrofit early in 2020," he said. 

1-2-3-4 GO!'s Valencia Street storefront has a lease through spring of 2021, which will give Silver Sprocket more stability.

And despite making a good go of it in the Haight for two years, "I feel like the Mission is a bit more appropriate for what we're doing," Ehrlich said. "We're not really a Summer of Love-type store."

Despite that, he said, "it was a fantastic space and we made good use of it."