New Year’s Eve brought one last blow to the 2018 Mission District retail scene; Mission Local reported Monday that 20-year thrift store favorite Mission Thrift would be closing for for good. (They’ll be open Saturdays only, with half-off sales until all their stock is gone.) It’s an unfortunate trend for the popular stretch of Mission, as on the very same block, Siegel’s Clothing Superstore and pawn shop Mission Loans also announced their closure this month.
While merchants come and go, a bunch of our most beloved Mission District businesses bid us adieu in 2018. Here’s a (by no means complete) list of some of those bygone businesses we’ll dearly miss.
Sal Beressi Fabrics (Closed Sept. 8, 2018)
This Bryant Street fabrics warehouse had been a crafty mainstay for nearly 45 years. But the business took a serious hit in a 2016 arson attack that did hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage, making the economic burden of warehouse-style fabrics stores even more unmanageable for this 9,000-square foot facility.
La Victoria Bakery (Closed Oct. 9, 2018)
The pan dulce and sweet breads were baked daily for 67 years at the 24th and Alabama Street La Victoria bakery, until a July eviction notice forced its closure some three months later. But this one may have a sweet ending, as MIssion Local reports La Victoria Bakery will reopen as Victoria SF at 24th and Capp Street. The opening may happen as early as this week.
Galería de la Raza (Closed Nov. 5, 2018)
The biggest punch in the gut to the Mission’s Latinx culture scene may have been the loss of community arts organization Galería de la Raza over an October rent increase that that gallery management called “predatory.” But the Galería recently announced an interim space at Valencia and 25th Streets, and vows to eventually find a permanent new home.
Prubechu (Closed Nov. 1, 2018)
The only Guamanian restaurant in San Francisco Prubechu lasted but four years, but was forced to shutter after — stop me if you’ve heard this before — a sudden and exorbitant rent increase. But according the the San Francisco Chronicle, the owners are still determined to reopen at a new location.
Elbo Room (Closed Jan. 1, 2019)
New Year’s Day 2019 was curtains for irreplaceable Valencia Street bar and live music spot Elbo Room. But a yet-to-be-named new bar will replace it, and the Elbo Room’s Oakland location remains open.
On a positive note, some of these businesses are finding new homes at different locations. But retail vacancy woes are likely to continue in 2019, as landlords tend to prefer venture capital-backed tenants to community-based favorites.