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Business Briefing: Milk SF cafe honors namesake's legacy

Business Briefing: Milk SF cafe honors namesake's legacy

  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Nov 10, 2021

For nearly two decades Steven Satyricon had worked at a local coffeehouse on the edge of San Francisco's LGBTQ Castro district until the COVID-19 pandemic forced it to close its doors in March 2020.

Business Briefing: Gay chocolatier opens Oakland store

Business Briefing: Gay chocolatier opens Oakland store

  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Oct 13, 2021

Michael Benner began making his own specialty chocolate confections in 2015 and, within two years, had launched his own business under the brand name Michael's Chocolates.

Business Briefing: Queer SF film commissioner shares his love of movies

Business Briefing: Queer SF film commissioner shares his love of movies

  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Sep 8, 2021

At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic last year photographic homages to beloved movies and television shows started popping up on the social media feeds of brand and communication strategist Jack Song.

Business Briefing: Used goods store revives payments to SF nonprofits

Business Briefing: Used goods store revives payments to SF nonprofits

  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Aug 11, 2021

Over its 39 years of operations the Mission-based used goods purveyor Community Thrift Store had never missed a payment to the numerous San Francisco nonprofits it helps support.

Business Briefing: New LGBTQ real estate group expands

Business Briefing: New LGBTQ real estate group expands

  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Jul 7, 2021

A year after launching in the United States, a new association for LGBTQ real estate professionals is expanding into Canada and looking to jump the pond with chapters in Europe.

Business Briefing: Gay-owned Berkeley bakery takes a stand for AAPIs

Business Briefing: Gay-owned Berkeley bakery takes a stand for AAPIs

  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Jun 9, 2021

Husbands Sam Butarbutar and Wenter Shyu, co-owners of Berkeley's Third Culture Bakery, are using their culinary skills to stand up for the Asian American and Pacific Islander community.

Business Briefing: Queer co-owned coworking space opens in downtown SF

Business Briefing: Queer co-owned coworking space opens in downtown SF

  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • May 12, 2021

A new queer and female co-owned coworking space has opened its doors in downtown San Francisco just as the city begins to reopen due to declining rates of COVID cases and deaths.

Business Briefing: LGBTQ San Francisco social club daylights

Business Briefing: LGBTQ San Francisco social club daylights

  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Apr 7, 2021

As it marks its reopening this weekend with a free art event open to the public, a queer social club in San Francisco's LGBTQ Castro district is planning to offer daytime access to nonmembers starting June 1.

Business Briefing: Gay arts public relations rep takes his bow

Business Briefing: Gay arts public relations rep takes his bow

  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Mar 10, 2021

After 35 years of being a publicist for arts groups and other Bay Area-based clients, gay marketing professional Charles Zukow is retiring as of March 31 and shuttering his firm Charles Zukow Associates.

Gay restaurateur to open downtown Oakland nightclub and eatery

Gay restaurateur to open downtown Oakland nightclub and eatery

  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Mar 3, 2021

A well-known gay nightlife promoter in the East Bay who went into the restaurant business last year is opening a new nightclub and eatery in downtown Oakland.

Slow Streets Noe Art Mart

Slow Streets Noe Art Mart

  • Feb 17, 2021

Slow Streets Noe Art Mart kicked off on Sunday, Feb. 14, with artists, craftspeople and others showcasing and selling prints, clothing and more. The free event, on Noe St. at Market, will be held weekly through June. photos by Steven Underhill

Business Briefing: Amid pandemic, Oakland restaurateur cooks up success

Business Briefing: Amid pandemic, Oakland restaurateur cooks up success

  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Feb 10, 2021

A little over a month after Valentino Carrillo opened La Frontera Mexican Restaurant in East Oakland last winter, the COVID pandemic hit and upended his business plans.

Business Briefing: Amid bookstore uncertainty, queer authors series turns 5

Business Briefing: Amid bookstore uncertainty, queer authors series turns 5

  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Jan 13, 2021

As a monthly queer reading series marks its fifth anniversary of spotlighting out authors, the LGBTQ bookstore that hosts it in San Francisco's Castro district is facing an uncertain future due to the COVID pandemic.

Business Briefs: Castro chocolatier creates Yuletide cheer

Business Briefs: Castro chocolatier creates Yuletide cheer

  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Dec 9, 2020

Castro chocolatier Carol Gancia has whipped up her own version of the traditional Yule log dessert for the holiday season inspired by the flavors and fauna of her home country the Philippines.