San Francisco - Retail & Industry
Castro Business Briefs: Sui Generis temporarily moves, The Café announces reopening, Golden Grill closes
Here's a brief roundup of recent changes to Castro area businesses. In this edition: a designer consignment shop temporarily moves, a nightclub announces its reopening, and a sandwich shop closes.
A new "Welcome Center and Counterculture Museum Shop for the Haight” brings a breath of fresh air, and bouquets of fresh flowers, as boutique shop Haight & Ashbury celebrates the neighborhood's rich history.
In this edition: a barbershop reopens, a social club expands, a hair salon temporarily moves, and a community group has launched an online survey about the redesign of Harvey Milk Plaza.
The storefront at 575 Castro Street, which for over a decade has been home to a Human Rights Campaign (HRC) merchandise store but which was once the home of the camera store out of which Harvey Milk did much of his early political work, may be destined to become a national historic site. HRC announced that they are vacating the space in April, and the landlord has hinted at something "much larger" on the way.
Japanese fast-fashion retailer Uniqlo announced Friday — via a filing with the state employment department — that it is closing its nine-year-old Union Square location at 111 Powell Street for good and laying off all 69 employees.
Three personal services businesses, Great Tan, Salon Six, and Face It Salon & Spa, have all announced permanent closures in recent weeks, nine months after their businesses were hobbled by shelter-in-place restrictions.
Updated: City slow to respond to theft and crime documented at b8ta stores; owner temporarily closes Union Square and Hayes Valley locations
Businesses throughout San Francisco have struggled with theft and break-ins during the pandemic, and the founder of electronics and housewares retailer b8ta recently took to Twitter in an effort to demand action.
After 25 years in the Castro, vintage gay memorabilia store Auto Erotica (4077A 18th St., between Castro and Hartford streets) has turned to crowdfunding to help make it through the pandemic