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TanTrum Expansion Halts
The beloved Tantrum plans to expand into old Doug's Suds storefront at the corner of Carl and Cole has halted due to building retrofitting. Tantrum owner, Amanda Weld, reported that the building has to undergo major seismic retrofitting and they will need to evacuate by the end of February. As we have all experienced (i.e. muni tunnel and Cole Hardware construction), retrofitting can take a lot longer than originally anticipated. Tantrum hopes to find a temporary home during this construction and hopes to be back in their new and improved Doug's Suds location later this year. Tantrum has been such a joy to have in our little neighborhood and we hope that they will be back in business soon!
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Christmas in Cole Valley
Lavation Studio Opens on Stanyan
After 15 months of renovation and construction, Lavation Studio is opened for business at 784 Stanyan St., formerly home to Son Loy Laundry. According to co-owner Jason Kaidasz, the 2,500-square-foot space will be devoted to indoor cycling and circuit training. Kaidasz and team had their work cut out for them to completely gut and renovate a former laundromat space.
"We wanted to offer a lot of space for bikes and create a facility where people were really comfortable and not on top of each other," said Kaidasz, also owner of Midline, a studio around the corner at 515 Frederick St. "This new facility itself is a cardiovascular workout center," Kaidasz said.
Be sure to stop by Lavation Studio and see if their cardio exercise is right for you. Right now there are having great introductory class packages.
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Founder of Cole Hardware Dies
Dave Karp, the founder of the beloved, family-owned business, Cole Hardware, passed away on October, 25, 2015 at the age of 99 due to surgery complications. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the annual anniversary sale in December will feature a tribute to Dave. The store will serve wine in his honor and reveal Dave's secret card tricks.
"Dave was a one man band: Every morning before work he would pick up merchandise at the supply houses and in the evenings, he would do all of his paper work. Dave ordered the merchandise, marked the merchandise, stocked the merchandise, helped the customer, rang up the sale, paid the bills, went to the bank, cleaned the bathroom… he did everything by himself." (Cole Hardware.com)
La Boulangerie De San Francisco Opens!
Some may have noticed that the La Boulangerie de San Francisco (formerly, La Boulange) has opened and is in full swing. The decor is a bit of a mix between industrial modern and French artisan but they are still whipping out some tasty pastries. La Boulangerie also has expanded their food menu, with more hot food and to-go options. We have yet to find their famous macaroons but are excited that they are promoting local favorites like Choux and Boba Guys. There's no official website yet so best to check La Boulangerie on Yelp or simply take a stroll and check them out.
Fire at Clayton & Ashbury
A two-alarm fire broke out at Clayton and Ashbury on the evening of Monday, August 31, 2015. According to the San Francisco Firefighters Local 798 , the house on fire was located at 1053 Clayton St. At least eight fire trucks were at the scene and the fire has since been contained. No one was injured but someone did go to the hospital due to smoke inhalation.
According to a neighbor, the tenants will be staying in the neighborhood during the building's repairs and construction.
Stay safe out there folks.
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STOREFRONT Updates - AUgust 2015
For a few months now, we have had several vacant storefronts in Cole Valley, so what's happening to these storefronts?
From what we have gathered, Tantrum, the vintage children's toy store, is looking to expand into Doug's Suds. The owners of Tantrum have been been in talks with the landlords of Doug's Suds but nothing has been finalized yet. Apparently there is a lot of work that needs to be done to the storefront until anyone can occupy in.
Well we know that Alt School will not be coming into Cole Valley anytime soon since they are no longer pursuing the space. Perhaps there is just too much too repair and renovate, it was a car garage after all. We did stumble upon a craigslist ad for the commercial space which said it is currently being renovate and looking for a new tenant, which could include. "retail sales and services, schools or other institutions, personal service businesses including exercise studios." Please no more exercise places. Retail or a service tenant could be interesting but that's a huge space, with almost 10,000 sq-ft.
As many neighbors know, Starbucks is closing all La Boulange stores by end of September. Some have already closed in the City but rumor has it our neighborhood La Boulange might be hear to stay. Supposedly, founder Pascal Rigo is in talks with Starbucks to buy back six San Francisco locations, including the Cole Valley location (which is set to close Sept 18). Rigo told Hoodline that it is too early to tell exactly what is going on but he is definitely in conversations. Rumor also has it that if Rigo does buy back some of the locations, Starbucks will remove all kitchen equipment and will take the "La Boulange" brand with them too. This means that Rigo would have to buy all new equipment and create a new brand for his bakery. Neighbors are excited with the idea that a bakery could stay in the hood.
Son Loy Laundry
The former laundry space will soon become Midline Fitness Studio's new exercise space called Lavation Fitness Studio. The studio will focus on circuit training and indoor cycling.There is no opening date as of yet but the Midline owners are hoping for sometime in September.
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(8/14/15 Update) Due to the lack of customer support and a low farmer turn out, the Upper Haight Farmers Market has stopped operations. Their last day of operation is August 26. If you are looking for other farmers markets, look to the Inner Sunset market that runs on Sundays.
(7/5/15 Update) Many neighbors have continued to complain about low vendor turn out for the weekly Farmers Market. According to market manager Jeff Jelsma, there aren't enough customers coming out each week which deters vendors from making an effort to show up.
"We are at an impasse with the market. Customers will not come to a small market, and producers will not come to a market with low customer counts. We have attempted to bring more producers out, to little to no avail. We hope to continue providing the market to the Upper Haight community, but our farmers need more community support!"
Show your support for local produce by showing up to the farmers market. Maybe if more people show up, more vendors will too.
(3/15/15) The Upper Haight Farmers' Market opens on Wednesday, April 15 this year!
As a result of a recent community survey, the Upper Haight Farmers’ Market is happy to be able to provide even more organic options this year! The market will welcome several new vendors, as well as favorite producers from past seasons. There will be a constantly changing array of seasonal California produce available, including vibrant citrus, juicy apricots, and succulent strawberries. The market will also feature locally-grown dahlias, locally-raised grass fed meats, and locally-made baked goods (even gluten-free) and vegan granola. There will also be live music, kids’ arts and crafts, and fun games for all ages.
Some of this year's vendors will include Wholeness Farms, Gauchito Hill Farm, Aztec Dahlias (in June), Fly Girl Farm, Blue House Farm, L&M Farms (grass fed beef), Rainbow Orchards, Schetewitz Family Farms, Tomatero Organic Farm, Cipponeri Family Farms, and Triple Delight Blueberries. Per the survey results, vendors will be featuring fresh vegetables and fruits, stone and winter fruits, apples and apple cider, and nuts.
The market, located at Stanyan and Waller, is open every Wednesday from3 p.m. to 7 p.m., and runs through October 28.
SFMTA announced on July 22 that it will begin Radio Replacement and Blue Light Emergerncy Telephone Replacement projects on all metro Muni lines. These projects aim to improve Muni's, "systemwide communication capabilities and keep trains running safety and reliably through the city."
This means that construction will require nightly subway shutdowns from 10pm to approximately 5am the next morning. During these shutdowns, bus shuttles will provide substitution.
The subway tunnel upgrade will start Friday, July 31, 2015 and is anticipated to end January 2016.
Additional Information on Service Adjustments:
Have fun folks!
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New Little FREE Library in CV
Thanks to homeowner Sandy Lane, Cole Valley is home to San Francisco's newest Little Free Library branch, at 836 Clayton St.
"I've seen a few [Little Free Library] locations around as I've walked around the city, and thought this would be a fun little project to get the community involved," said Lane, who's lived in the neighborhood since 1975.
An "entirely do-it-yourself" effort, Lane's tiny library is a "mini-me" version of her home. "I looked at the Little Free Library website to get ideas, but I struck out on my own," said Lane of her design. "It's the same as the house, just a smaller version." To protect books from the elements, the library's facade swings out to expose multiple shelves.
Lane's tiny house is the 16th San Francisco branch of the Little Free Library, a non-profit that's registered approximately 15,000 locations around the world.
There's another free library at Carl/Hillway but it currently is not registered with the Little Free Library.
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