This is the story in her own words of a neighborhood cat on the way to the pound who brought joy into a number of households in the neighborhood — and a bit of local fame to herself.
DOWN TO THE WIRE
FOR THE BOULANGERIE
“What’s the latest with the boulangerie?” asks nearly everyone in the neighborhood you run into. The answer still: nothing definite.
Starbucks has begun closing the 23 La Boulange locations.
“We’re in the early stages of a phased store closure through September 25, which includes the decommissioning of each location,” says a spokes-person in the Seattle headquarters. The La Boulange cafes on Fillmore and Union will close on September 17. The maison mere boulangerie on Pine will close the next day.
“Starbucks is in discussion with interested parties to transfer the leases for some retail locations,” says the spokesperson.
The smart money still says founder Pascal Rigo will return to Pine Street and take over six other locations, including Fillmore and Union. But Rigo himself — back from his summer vacation in France — is keeping quiet. “It’s too early to say,” he told Hoodline.
FAREWELL TO LIMU,
CLOSING AFTER 10 YEARS
September is the final month for one of Fillmore’s classiest independent boutiques, Limu. Owner Simone Derayeh says she’s calling it quits after 10 years because of an impending rent hike.
WISE SONS BAGELS
COMING TO FILLMORE
Wise Sons Bagels is turning 1520 Fillmore into a bakery that will produce up to 5,000 bagels daily, plus other Jewish delicacies. There will also be a 12-seat retail shop.
Tablehopper offers a look inside the gutted space and more on the plans.
The wise sons who own the joint — Evan Bloom and Leo Beckerman — say they are looking forward to bringing alive the Fillmore's Jewish history.
CLOSES ON FILLMORE
Another locally owned shop bites the dust. Vitamin Express, at 2047 Fillmore, closed at the end of August.
Owner Michael LeVesque said he had a large customer base and a sympathetic landlord, but that staffing issues and online ordering helped do him in.
“Getting the special kind of staff we need and affording to pay them enough to remain in the city is becoming prohibitive,” he says.
He has consolidated operations at his other store at 1428 Irving Street.
MARK JACOBS GOES
UPSCALE ON FILLMORE
Gone are the T-shirts, the cheeky slogans, the bins of Marc by Marc Jacobs tchotchkes. And it’s unlikely a giant chick will make a nest in the window come next spring.
The offerings inside the shop on the corner of Fillmore and Sacramento have been suddenly downsized and upscaled, the Marc by Marc Jacobs nameplate outside quietly replaced by lettering that says only Marc Jacobs.
The higher-end Marc Jacobs boutique on Maiden Lane, near Union Square, has been closed and incorporated into the Fillmore shop.
SIGNS 10-YEAR LEASE
The father-daughter team who own Fillmore Bakeshop at Fillmore & Bush have signed a new 10-year lease.
Elena and Doug Basegio have developed a loyal local following in the five years since they took over Patisserie Delanghe. At first it looked like a 90 percent rent hike might force them out. They’re still facing a big increase, but hoping to make it work. Those fruit pies are safe.
AT THE AMELIA
In the same block of setback storefronts underneath the Amelia condos, there’s another vacancy. First Barry for Pets closed after 40 years on Fillmore at the end of April. Now the fashion shop A City Obsession has called it quits barely a year after arriving.
At the southern end of the block, Pizza Inferno is still waiting to begin its transformation into the Academy.
NOW IT’S THE
What has most recently been the Hotel Tomo at 1800 Sutter in Japantown — sold last year to Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants — reopened June 23 as the Kimpton Buchanan.
The news that Blue Bottle Coffee is pursuing a shop at Fillmore and Jackson got even more tantalizing when the Blue Bottle-Tartine Bakery merger was announced.
Most of the focus has been on the duo’s plans to expand into Tokyo, New York and Los Angeles. But it could bring a new gathering place to the top of Fillmore Street, too.
“We’re very excited about the prospect of joining this lovely neighborhood,” said Blue Bottle boss James Freeman.
A NEW INCARNATION
AT OCTAVIA & BUSH
An elegant new dining option has arrived in the neighborhood, with Octavia opening at the corner of Octavia and Bush, previously home of Baker & Banker, Quince, Meetinghouse and others.
Under chef-owner Melissa Perello — much lauded for her cooking at Frances in the Castro — the dining room is lighter and more minimal and the menu simplified and seasonal. Initial reviews are glowing. Octavia is open for dinner, except on Monday, and a private dining room is coming in the former downstairs bakery.
[From the archives:
A place with a past]
JUICY NEWS MOVES
TO UNION STREET
Juicy News, the newstand at 2453 Fillmore for the past 23 years, is settling into its new home down the hill at 2181 Union Street, just a few doors east of Fillmore.
"It's an eight minute walk and five blocks away from our old location," says owner Mo Salimi.
Its new digs were once the home of the legendary Minerva's Owl bookstore. "This shop had massive history," says Salimi. "So good vibes and heritage all around."
PAINT STORE MOVES
TO THE FILLMORE
Lower Fillmore has a useful new business: a paint store. G&R Paint Co. — the highly regarded purveyor of Benjamin Moore and other paint at 1238 Sutter — has moved to 1491 Webster, in the Safeway parking lot.
The store is part of the locally owned Creative Paint company, which has four paint stores and two hardware stores, including Brownie’s on Polk Street.
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