Sneak Peak

There are just a couple of days left to see the Cashing Out! window display at 826 Valencia.
On Wednesday we’ll switch out the window for a new topic of conversation. The focus this time will be on Dolores Park.

Here’s a sneak peak of what’s coming…

Your Store Dolores Park














Can I Rent That?

A funny thing we learned is that our newest window installation at 826 Valencia called Cashing Out!  had passers-by coming into the store and asking if there was an apartment for rent. It took awhile for the staff at the store to figure out what was going on. Apparently the poster listing apartment-for-rent signs had people a little confused. In a city where a one-bedroom apartment can easily go for over $3000 per month, it’s just too temping not to ask.


Artist Talk Tonight

Your Store Sign

Meet the makers of Your Store tonight!
6:00 – 8:00 PM at 826 Valencia.
Find out how and why the project was made, ask questions and share your stories about Valencia Street and the neighborhood. Join us for this event and add your voice to the conversation.


Window Wars

Well not exactly…it’s just in the air.


After installing our new YOUR STORE window display this week we noticed  Paxton Gate’s window  just next door which hints at the ever familiar list of San Francisco’s newsworthy topics. The widow is an incredibly cute satirical snapshot with woodland creatures on mobile devices, critters holding colorful protest signs, construction cones and a bush buck with Google Glasses.

Hedgehog and ermine on mobile devices in the window of Paxton Gate.

Bush buck with Google Glasses in the window of Paxton Gate.

We spoke with Tikka who created the display and she told us that she had been planning to make this window for a little while.  A resident of the neighborhood for 12 years she thought it was important for people to know what is going on here but she also wanted to create a window that  didn’t single specific people out.

Paxton_04Animals with protest signs in the window of Paxton Gate.

We really like the window that Tikka created and we think it makes a nice pairing next to YOUR STORE. We just updated the YOUR STORE window with a new topic called Cashing Out.
You can see both windows at 824 and 826 Valencia Street for the next couple of weeks.











Cash register with “cost of living currency” in the window of 826 Valencia.


Your_Store_Cashing_Out02Your Store window at 826 Valencia. 








Cashing Out!

This weeks special at Your Store is Cashing Out!

The stories we were told about little affordable housing, evictions and the increased cost of living in the Mission district has inspired this weeks window. Witness rent prices go up before your very eyes and view an overflowing cash register spilling cost of living currency. Now in the window at  826 Valencia for the next two weeks!










Meet the Makers

YS Meet the Maker

 Facebook Event

Special This Week!

Your Store is back again and this time in the window of 826 Valencia.
Drop by and check out the first of three rotating window displays.

The Stop Requested!  window display will be on view until April 21st.











Many thanks to the students who participated in the  Meet the Mission workshop and who made such unique buses for the display: Cole, Shane, Lucia, Amaia, Jude, Diego, Allegra, Nicolas, Jake and the teaching assistant Emma Peoples.




Missed it the First Time?

Your Store ATA Window_01

We are so excited to let you know that Your Store is coming back to the Mission – this time we’ll be in the window of 826 Valencia.

Introducing new items. 

The project will expand by featuring some of the most popular topics of conversation with displays that rotate during the run of the show. These displays will highlight specific themes  of change, concern and appreciation.

Full stocked for two months!

Look for Your Store in the window of 826 Valencia Street in San Francisco from April 1 – June 1, 2014.


We want to hear from YOU.

More opportunities to give your feedback and also share your stories will be happening on this blog and in the widow at 826 Valencia.

More soon!



Meet the Mission: Part 2

At the second “Meet the Mission” workshop at 826 Valencia we talked about Dolores Park as a community-gathering place and natural environment in the city. The park offers something for everyone because it’s free, open to everyone and offers many public events and gatherings to people in the community.


Building on the skills the students developed on the first day, the kids worked collaboratively to create plants, shrubs and trees out of cardboard which will become part of the your store window display featuring Dolores park.


The students also created their own currency (because money doesn’t grow on trees).
Many of the things the kids produced in these workshops will be integrated into the Your Store window display that will show at 826 Valencia for two months starting in April 2014.


Meet the Mission: Part 1

Earlier this year, we ran a workshop at 826 Valencia called “Meet the Mission” where we talked with kids about city living and how people get around by walking, biking, driving or taking the bus. Some people take the muni, some ride a bus to their office, some ride the bus because they want to reduce pollution or, can’t find a parking space for their car (if they have one)!


The kids designed and built their own bus sculptures out of cardboard including a Coke bus, a double decker bus and a flying bus.


Since the window display will ultimately resemble a retail shop we also brainstormed some slogans that might entice people into the store.
Here are a few gems…

“90% SALE”
“BUY 24 and GET ONE 2% OFF”