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African Outlet

Hayes Valley is packed with fancy boutiques, so it can be a little jarring to suddenly catch a strong whiff of incense while wandering down Octavia Street. The smell wafts constantly from African Outlet, an eclectic shop packed with masks, art, and apparel. Without the protection of commercial rent control, the small store is facing the daunting pressure of rising rents and may soon shutter. If it does go, it will take with it a memory of what San Francisco was like in its hippie heyday.

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