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BAR: “Castro retail strategy nears completion”

Bay Area Reporter: Brooklyn Witteman, right, tidies up merchandise at Local Take, a Castro shop that features Bay Area-made creations. Photo: Rick Gerharter

Our friends at the Bay Area Reporter just posted a fascinating article. As San Francisco prepares to celebrate the annual Small Business Week, community leaders in the Castro are finalizing a retail strategy to assist with filling vacant storefronts throughout the city’s gay district. The Castro/Upper Market Community Benefit District last summer launched the effort […]

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March Project Update

Survey Sat Theatre

The yearlong Castro & Upper Market Retail Strategy has made significant headway. 2014 was largely dedicated to community outreach. 2015 is focused on strategy. What changes does the community want to see in the district, and how can we get there?The goal of the project is simple – to help bring exciting new businesses to […]

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Surveys close on Friday January 16, 2015 at 5:00PM


As the Castro & Upper Market Retail Strategy progresses from its data collection phase, both the Customer/Resident survey and the Business survey will close on Friday January 16, 2015. The next phase of the project will include analysis of the data, development of case studies, update on the implementation of the 2008 Upper Market Community […]

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We want your opinion!


We are conducting a brief survey to help fill retail vacancies and bring exciting new businesses to the Castro and Upper Market neighborhoods. Would you have a 5 minutes to help us today? We would greatly appreciate your input on what makes this neighborhood great and what could be improved. Please go to our survey […]

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Brandy Ho’s Castro location shuttering


Our friends at Hoodline posted today that Chinese restaurant Brandy Ho’s, located on 18th between Castro and Hartford St., is closing today. See full article here. We’re sad to see another vacancy added to our commercial area, and are hoping that a new tenant will be found soon. Want to help us fight vacancies in […]

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