March 26, 2016

This Week in Noe Valley: Class Baiting, Rainbows and See Jane Run Catches a Break

The latest news from, about and for Noe Valley from around the interwebs:
[Photo: Bernie’s in the Spring via wannabefashionblogger]

March 17, 2016

Moving: See Jane Run

Well this is too bad: Another genuinely useful local store is apparently being priced out of its space. Early this week the signs appeared in See Jane Run’s windows at 3910 24th Street that they had lost their lease. Chatting up the staff there, it seems SJR didn’t lose its lease so much as the owners decided not to renew the lease at the new (in the staff's words) “greedy landlord” prices. The woman-owned and operated San Francisco company was founded in 2000 and is actively looking for a new space for a local store – hopefully in Noe Valley – and there’s currently no set date for closing. We have to think the pending construction next door may also have been a factor in SJR's decision to look around.

The owners are renting month-to-month in the meantime and it’s a great time to scoop up merchandise for 10-70% off. There’s also a See Jane Run store in Oakland on College Ave.

See Jane Run is one of many local shops to face rising rents in the last 12 months including Video WaveCradle of the Sun, In-House, Common Scents and Noe Valley Music (now a nail salon).

March 13, 2016

NVV March 2016: 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.

March 2016

Front Page: Janis Joplin's psychedelic Porsche that she drove while living in Noe Valley sold for $1.76 million in December; A profile of Todd David, president of the Friends of Noe Valley and political director of Scott Wiener's Senate campaign; The proposed Town Square animal sculptures are criticized for being unsafe to climb and for looking like "lumps;" Word Week is back March 20-26.

Letters: A plea for Noe Valleyeons to consider the Affordable Housing Density Bonus Program; A long rambling letter from someone who misses Real Foods and hates what's happening on 24th St; No love for Whole Foods' loud holiday trucks and parking grab; A complaint about Haystack Pizza adding $2.25 to the bill for whole wheat crust; An appreciation for Wilkes Bashford (RIP).

Features: Alex Louh of the old St. Paul's Market died of cancer in January. RIP Father Tom Seagrave a former Noe Valley priest at St. Paul's parish. In memory of writer and teacher Jane Underwood.

Cost of Living in Noe: The most expensive home sold for $4.5 million on Cesar Chavez at Noe. Rents are cooling off slightly (but not much).

Short Takes: The Peaks, Valley Tavern and The Dubliner will all be celebrating St. Patrick's Day in style on March 17; The Noe Valley Easter Egg Hunt is back, on Saturday March 26 (10 to noon) at Douglass Park thanks to sponsorship from the Droubi and Roddick families.

Store Trek: Lazeez Mediterranean Grill, 3915 24th St. (reviews here)

Rumors and Tidbits: A For Lease sign has appeared in the window of 1298 Church St. - the completed but unused restaurant is seeking a new tenant; Mylene's beauty Shop has transformed into Moe's Barber and Beauty Parlor on 24th St.; chef Paul Svensson was at the Noe Valley Farmer's Market with a film crew for a possible documentary about food (maybe); The bathrooms are now open at Noe Courts; BJ Droubi is retiring and moving to Sacramento - the real estate business is going to her daughter Lamisse; SFPD beat officer Lorraine Lombardo has retired; The restored Noe Valley firehouse at 3816 22nd St. is for rent on Airbnb for $1500 per night; Smash and grab car break-ins are on the rise (moral: don't leave anything in your car); Shoe Biz is no longer a small local shop; The Rabbit Hole Children's Theater is moving into the corner of Diamond and 24th (a former laundromat).

[The Noe Valley Voice]