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Mission Mixtape

While music played on stage at the 20th Street Block Party last weekend people at our booth were typing up their stories and, in some cases, writing about their own acoustic encounters.

• “When I wake up and open my window I hear chickens across the street. Bak, bak, baak. During the day I hear people laughing over lattes at Atlas and on Wednesday nights folks looking for bottles in our recycling bins, bluegrass humming from Atlas on Thursday evenings, (a) shopping cart pushed by the older man with patchy skin who listens to KBLX on his radio. Sometimes (he) yells at the sad woman with him. The soundtrack of 20th and Alabama.” – Roni

• “I used to live in a room with a window that looked out onto Treat Avenue. some nights I would hear passing couples arguing in Spanish. I didn’t speak Spanish, so it was just another sound in the background while I fell asleep. I have since learned Spanish, but I don’t live in the Mission anymore. If I heard those arguments now, they would probably keep me awake.” -Jeremiah


 • “I had only been in the city for a couple of weeks and sauntered into Amnesia on Valencia for a Family Folk Explosion show. Wild guitars and mystic men and women waxed witch wonders and succulent sounds. The night wound down and a tall, stately man in a black overcoat opened up the grate to lead the musicians and stragglers down to a wood-paneled speak easy, where we lay on low velvet couches and passed around a bottle of Tennessee whiskey while another set was played, on upright bass, wooden piano, slapbox drum. Once the troubadour rested and the smoke reached the ceiling, the stately man in the black overcoat shed his cloak and stepped to the chair onstage. He proceeded to speak the sultriest words I have ever heard. Mists of New Orleans alleys, dark wooden tones of violin bodies, (the) touch and smell of women’s potions, dark moon rays on Pacific ocean waves. It was then that I knew this was home.” -Montana



IMG_1853The musical group Two Gallants on stage.

Thanks to Noise Pop,  Ne Timeas Restaurant Group, Nomic and The Bon Vivants for inviting us and thanks to everyone who dropped by our booth and told us their story.

On the Block

Your Store will be at the 20th Street Block Party this Saturday. Stop by our table to say hi and then stay awhile to enjoy the food, festivities and music at this fun neighborhood event.

20th Street Party

When: Saturday, August 24th 2013 from 12pm to 6pm.
Location: Mission District of San Francisco at 20th Street between Bryant and Harrison as well as Florida Street between 19th and 20th.
Cost: Free and open to the public.
Banner by Jason Jagel.

Mission Foggyday Streets

It was a typical San Francisco summer’s day (foggy and overcast even in the Mission District) but that didn’t stop folks from coming out to Mission Sunday Streets. The lack of sun must have made people more sullen as this time the stories we heard reflected changes in the neighborhood and the complex feelings that come with these changes.


• “I was living on my income as a substitute teacher and a makeup artist, and it was already a little stretch to pay the rent. Now I keep tabs on the rising rent costs of living in the Mission. It makes me very sad that there is very little or no affordable housing left in this neighborhood (unless you snagged a place over ten years ago and have rent control)…It makes me sad that the original occupants of this neighborhood are outpriced and the workers can’t even afford to pay to live with their families in the neighborhood.” 

• “Our building is being sold for the 4th time in 3 years. Our latest owners are investors…they are evicting all of us to make way for Valencia’s new patrons. Our building has…a senior with disabilities, two public school teachers, a General Hospital nurse and a couple with a baby.”

• “It’s gotten a lot cleaner but I have mixed feelings. The pace of gentrification has been extreme. On the other hand I can still come here at 3am and get a burrito for $4.50. There is still an electric feeling in the neighborhood”





Photos by Anita Su