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.
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.
PREPARING TO CLOSE
Another locally owned shop bites the dust. Vitamin Express, at 2047 Fillmore, is closing at the end of August.
Owner Michael LeVesque said he has 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 will consolidate his operations at his other store at 1428 Irving Street.
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.
B. ON THE GO,
At long last, the new Smitten ice cream shop opened June 17 at 2404 California, formerly the home of Copy.net.
A few days later and a few blocks west, B. on the Go — a new venture from Belinda Leong, the master pastry chef behind B. Patisserie across the street — opened on June 20 at the corner of California and Divisadero.
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]
POPS UP AGAIN
While the casual Italian shoe brand Superga pursues its permits to move into 2326 Fillmore, women’s eco-fashion retailer Amour Vert has popped up again in the space. Amour Vert had a temporary pop-up in the former Jurlique space at 2136 Fillmore during the holiday season.
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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