July 24, 2014

New Mural on Outer Church by Local Artist Amos Goldbaum

The building at the corner of Church and Day (now the home of Cardio-Tone and before that Kohler-Jones) is in the process of getting a mural painted by local artist Amos Goldbaum. A native of Bernal Heights, Goldbaum's style is hand-drawn images of iconic, local, and historic San Francisco landmarks. The finished mural will cover the entire building wall and feature lots of recognizable local touches (similar to what you'll find on the designs on his shirts). Here's a shot of the artist at work today:

Longtime Noe Valley residents will remember another funkier rainbow mural that used to be on the building when it was occupied by Mikeytom Market. That mural was called "Make Love" and was the work of Castro Street resident Brad Mossman (before it was a mural it was a street-level billboard which explains the smaller format of Mossman's mural).

A neighbor who spoke to the artist told us Goldbaum expects the mural to be done in about 2 weeks or less. Check it out while it's being created and you can meet the artist. Or you can follow the progress on Goldbaum's Instagram feed and on Twitter.

It already looks great and should be a gorgeous addition to the area.

[Photos: top images NVSF, bottom image a screenshot from B. Mossman's site]

July 21, 2014

Bloody Scene On 24th St

Fast breaking news from 24th St this evening. It started with this tweet at 7:39pm:
Based on the amount of blood in the above picture by Sara Gudernatch we assumed a stabbing or shooting. Close:

The man was subdued with non-lethal rounds by SFPD. More info:

The unidentified man was taken to the hospital. We hope he does well and gets the care he needs. At this time no other information is known, but we're glad no one was the victim of someone else's violence.We'll update as more information is available.

As for the blood in the street?

Noe Valley is quiet again.

Update (7/23):

[Photo: @GuderGoesGreen]

July 19, 2014

This Week In Noe Valley: New Outerlands-Inspired Restaurant, Vintage SF Photos, And Edgy Street Art

News from, about and for Noe Valley from around the interwebs:
[Photo: A new friend via wannabefashionblogger ]

July 13, 2014

Coming Soon: A Healthy Corner Market On Sanchez St

There are plans for a new market in the space at Sanchez and 29th St and we're pretty excited.

A longtime local favorite corner store St. Paul's Market closed in March. There was a rumor the rent doubled and a "health situation." It was ultimately confirmed the owner has cancer in the Noe Valley Voice (which is impossible to link to properly). We learned via the Twitter that the owner tried to sell to family but couldn't, and that he wants to live out the rest of his life without the stress of the market. So St. Paul's close for good on April 14th.

Since the closing, there has been a some work done to the facade of the building at 1598 Sanchez, which according to Planning Department records was to settle a complaint and restore the original glass design. But other than that no word on what may go in that space.

And then a couple weeks ago we stumbled across this ad for a general manager at a new store called Little Jug in Noe Valley:
Little Jug offers urban communities convenient access to delicious and healthy food, beverages, and essential housewares–all in a compact, clean and well-organized footprint. Our markets stock hand-selected local and international beer, wine, tea and coffee, prepared foods, limited seasonal produce, fresh cheese, local bread, and an array of home necessities including toiletries, herbal and over-the-counter remedies, and cleaning supplies. Little Jug is opening its first market in Noe Valley in September 2014.

The co-founders are long-time San Franciscans and food lovers with strong leadership experience in design, food, finance, technology, and operations. We are passionate about taste, quality, neighborhoods, simplicity, honesty, and generosity.
We reached out to one of the principals, Shivani Ganguly, to get some more details on what was planned for the space and when:
You’re calling the new place Little Jug. How did you land on that as a name?
Little Jug is actually a working name, and we're still finalizing the name that we're going to launch with. Once we've figured it out, we'll let you know!

What made you decide to choose Noe Valley (and that specific spot)?
I'd been looking for a market space in Noe Valley, Bernal Heights, or the Mission for several months. St. Paul's Market was one of the original inspirations for opening a corner market - Alex is a beloved community member, but I couldn't find the kind of products I need on a daily basis there, or healthy and fresh meals and snacks. So when a friend who lives a couple of blocks away let me know that the space was available, I contacted the landlord immediately, and everything fell into place from there! I love the sunny corner location and often do my own errands in that neighborhood (more on that below).

You’re advertising openings for a chef, general manager and a beer and wine manager. Describe what the market will offer … give us a tour.
We aim to offer all the daily essentials for the neighborhood community, and some special treats too. What makes our market stand out from others is our focus on providing fresh, local, and ethical options for both food and home products. Healthy meals, artisanal wine and beer, local produce, and environmentally friendly alternatives for household needs are hard to come by in your typical corner store, and we want to change that.

In terms of the nitty gritty of what we're offering, we'll have an excellent selection of beer and wine, with both local and further afield options at reasonable prices. We'll serve espresso drinks, tea, and a light breakfast in the morning for guests on their way to work or school. At lunchtime, we'll offer delicious salads and sandwiches with a Mediterranean flare. In the evening, we'll have a variety of entrees and sides to assemble into dinner for individuals, family and friends. Guests can grab these prepared foods to go, or eat at our communal table or outdoor seating.

In addition to wine, beer, and prepared foods, we'll offer cheese, charcuterie, pickles, dairy, bread, snacks, limited seasonal produce, flowers, magazines, and other grocery staples. We'll also have an array of home necessities including health and beauty items and cleaning supplies.

Your bio says you’re an entrepreneur and consultant focused on leadership and social enterprises. Tell us some more about yourself and why you want to get into the market business?
To me, access to delicious, healthy, affordable food and staples is a cornerstone of good urban living. I'm excited to have the opportunity to build a business that provides delicious food, beer, wine, and delightful products to the neighborhood while partnering with community organizations and providing good jobs.

I also love traveling, and am inspired by the European approach to shopping for food - picking up great products at affordable prices every day or two rather than stocking up once a week.

Shivani Ganguly
In terms of my background, I grew up in an old farm house in Connecticut where we grew much of our own food, and moved out here to go to Stanford in 1995. I've lived in the Bay Area ever since, and have worked in technology startups and nonprofits. I've always been interested in food and community, and in using business as a mechanism for social change. I decided to return to school for an MBA at Presidio Graduate School in 2009 to explore these interests. I also started my consulting firm, Friday Consulting, around that time and have helped build and scale a variety of food and wellness businesses for the past five years, focusing on finance, operations, and human capital management. With good food, health, ethical practices, and community at the core of the market, I'm looking forward to melding my passion for food and social impact with my expertise in building food and health startups to make the market a thriving business for the neighborhood.

Are you opening Little Jug by yourself or with partners - and if there are other partners who are they?
I'm working with friends and consultants. Brook Lane is an amazing designer who's heading up the store design and buildout, and Alli Ball, a former store manager at Bi-Rite Market, is helping us to get up and running operationally. I'm also looking for several key staff members, including a general manager, chef, and a beer and wine manager.

Why open a market now?
I'm a long-time San Francisco resident, and I've lived in the Mission for the last 15 years. (And I'm actually moving to Pacifica in a couple of weeks - I got married recently and though we love San Francisco we aren't able to buy a home here right now.)

I'm opening a market now because I believe that there's a need for urban spaces that bring communities together through food. It's also the right time for me personally to take on this project - I've built a successful consulting firm that I'll continue to run while also having the opportunity to put into practice the methods and principles that I believe in.

What do you think you can do differently than what other markets in the area offer?
In most corner markets, it's difficult to find healthy prepared meals, fresh produce, and environmentally friendly alternatives for household items. We want to make these products available to the neighborhood at affordable prices, fostering a healthy and strong community. We envision the market to be far more than just a place where you buy your groceries; it's a communal space where neighborhood families, friends, and local businesses come together to support one another and share in delicious food and wonderful service.

And a note for early bird and late night shoppers, we're currently planning our hours to be 7am to 11pm. 
What other places do you love and frequent in Noe Valley?
I often shop at Drewes, Church Produce, Omnivore Books, and the Noe Valley Pet Company. I plan to work with these businesses to provide a complimentary selection of products. I also love La Ciccia (I've celebrated many birthdays there), Hamano Sushi, and Chloe's for a meal in Noe Valley. And my favorite nail place is at Church and 27th Street.
There's been no work to the interior of the space yet [Update 7/14: work begins today] but Shivani says she hopes to see the new store open by mid October. Here's looking forward to a new fresh, healthy local market on Sanchez.

[Photo: composite of Emmy C on Yelp]

July 10, 2014

Hearing: Dedicated On-Street Parking For Carshare Vehicles

There's a hearing at City Hall tomorrow morning asking for public comment on dedicating certain on-street parking spaces to car share vehicles (Zipcar, City CarShare, etc.). In other words, you can't park your car in those spots. Parking is a big deal to some in Noe Valley, so we were glad to get this from Heather World:
The city’s program to dedicate on-street parking to car-sharing vehicles leaps forward July 11 when residents are invited to comment on 100 proposed sites, including seven in Noe Valley.

Two spots are proposed for 22nd Street and Noe and for Clipper and Sanchez. One spot is proposed for 24th Street at Sanchez, 29th Street at Dolores, and San Jose Avenue and Duncan Street.

The pilot program is part of the city’s effort to improve congestion and encourage car sharing, said project manager Andy Thornley.

About 450 of the city’s 275,000 parking spots have been identified as possible dedicated spaces for City CarShare, Zipcar and Getaround vehicles, though only 40 have been approved by the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Board of Directors so far.

Noe would be the site of about two dozen sites, which will be vetted at public meetings.

The pilot ends in August, 2015. Car sharing companies are required to collect data from each car.

“We can see whether a given parking space is productive,” he said. The city will evaluate each space, looking at use and impact. “If it doesn’t prove out, it won’t be a permanent thing.”

The July 11 hearing, hosted by the SFMTA Sustainable Streets Division, will take place at 10 a.m. in Room 416 at City Hall.
Here's a link to more information about the Car Sharing Policy and Pilot Program, as well as a map of all locations in San Francisco [PDF]. If you can't make the meeting you can send your comments to Andy Thornley.

What: Hearing about proposed sites for dedicated on-street carshare parking
When: July 11, 10am
Where: City Hall, Room 416

[SFMTA: Car Sharing Policy and Pilot Program]
[Photo: SFMTA]

June 30, 2014

NVV July/August 2014: We Read It So You Don't Have To

The Noe Valley Voice is published ten times a year and has been a neighborhood fixture since 1977. Here are notable highlights from the latest issue. Links are to stories we've covered here on NVSF or other resources. Follow the NVV link at the bottom for full articles and all the ads.

July/August 2014

Front Page: 3 scenic walks around Noe Valley; Folio Books offers some summer reading choices including Americanah, Carsick, Midnight in Europe and more; a local gives up her car (and parking spot) and lives to tell the tale.

Letters: A Castro street resident is outraged at the city's cavalier and inept sewer contractors who have ripped up the sidewalk 3 times; a complaint about the ad in the last issue title "Considering a Move from SF to the Peninsula?" from a longtime Bernal Heights (!) resident; the unmarked crosswalk at Church and Elizabeth Streets needs signs; a 30th St resident rails against the "over-salaried, post-teenage technocrats now marinating in the city..."; the Noe Valley Garden Tour was a success with over 275 tickets sold.

Short Takes: In memory of Angus Brunner, landlord of the Just for Fun building, who died in March; an open letter from Gwen Sanderson of Video Wave about the proposed $15 minimum wage and how it hurts small businesses; the historic trains of the F Line will no longer run on Church Street; Noe resident Steve Fox's new business Urban Putt has been open for a few months in the Mission (South Van Ness at 22nd St).

Cost of Living in Noe: $2.2 million is now the average price for a single family home.

Rumors: Ambiance is moving from it's current 2 storefronts to the spot recently vacated by Sway - the move is expected to happen after the new space is retrofitted, in about 2 months; Joshua Simon is closing after more than 35 years on 24th St - the building will also need a retrofit once the store closes at the end of July; Decor Galore is closed; Wink is renting out shelf space to a pop-up store; Yes more speculation that Neutraceuticals will be applying for permits to demolish the old Real Foods building [Ed note: a permit was posted on the building today for a new roof, and a reader wrote to say she saw stacks of plywood being brought inside so a teardown is unlikely]; the Town Square is now fully funded and any additional money at this point is "for embellishments" - construction will likely start in the summer of 2015 and be done by Spring 2016; Of the 15,911 people registered to vote in our little village, 5531 of us (or about a third) took the time to cast a ballot; former Voice contributor and Noe Valley resident Bill Griffith who created the Zippy the Pinhead cartoon recently came back for a visit and discovered his former 25th St home had been "renovated beyond recognition."

[The Noe Valley Voice]