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Business Briefs: 1st LGBT business to open in SFO's Milk terminal

Business Briefs: 1st LGBT business to open in SFO's Milk terminal

  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Mar 11, 2020

A lesbian-owned chain of local cafes will be the first LGBT business to open inside the Harvey Milk Terminal 1 at San Francisco International Airport.

Business Briefs: French tea service, chaga mushrooms star at gay-run cafes

Business Briefs: French tea service, chaga mushrooms star at gay-run cafes

  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Feb 12, 2020

A new gay-owned French tea salon is bringing a touch of Parisian flair to San Francisco's Polk Gulch neighborhood just blocks from the museums and theaters situated in the city's Civic Center district.

Online Extra: Eco-friendly cleaners bringing coin laundry to retail space at SF LGBT senior housing project

Online Extra: Eco-friendly cleaners bringing coin laundry to retail space at SF LGBT senior housing project

  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Feb 7, 2020

The last remaining vacant space at San Francisco's LGBT senior housing development has been leased to a nearby eco-friendly cleaner that will be adding coin laundry machines for its customers and residents in the area when it relocates next month.

10th annual readers' poll starts

10th annual readers' poll starts

  • by Cynthia Laird
  • Jan 29, 2020

This year marks the 10th annual Bay Area Reporter readers' poll, the Besties, and voting begins Thursday, January 30.

Sterling Bank wins approval to relocate its branch in SF Castro neighborhood

Sterling Bank wins approval to relocate its branch in SF Castro neighborhood

  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Jan 9, 2020

Sterling Bank & Trust won approval Thursday to relocate its Castro branch into a prominent corner retail space on upper Market Street.

Business Briefs: LGBT social club expansion brings public programs

Business Briefs: LGBT social club expansion brings public programs

  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Jan 8, 2020

As it approaches its third anniversary, an LGBT social club in San Francisco's Castro district is expanding, opening the doors to an increase in membership and more offerings for non-club members.

Sterling Bank wants to move into prominent Castro space, but planners object

Sterling Bank wants to move into prominent Castro space, but planners object

  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Jan 3, 2020

Sterling Bank & Trust wants to relocate its Castro branch into a prominent corner retail space on upper Market Street, but city planners have raised objections to the financial company's plans.

Business Briefs: Holidays a busy time for watch, candle businesses

Business Briefs: Holidays a busy time for watch, candle businesses

  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Dec 11, 2019

The yearly holiday shopping season between Thanksgiving and Christmas is peak sales time for a gay watch designer and a queer-owned candle business that also sells a line of "unmentionables."

Business Briefs: Clothier fundraising for SF drag parodies actor awaiting heart transplant

Business Briefs: Clothier fundraising for SF drag parodies actor awaiting heart transplant

  • Nov 13, 2019

Until recently Sergio Lobito was working as a landscaper in San Francisco and starring in the wildly popular drag parodies of television shows.

Business Briefs: Hyperbarics spa moves into new Oakland location

Business Briefs: Hyperbarics spa moves into new Oakland location

  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Oct 9, 2019

Bay Area native Alex Williams two summers ago opened her Holistic Hyperbarics spa in a small Albany storefront. At the time, it was all the business owner could afford.

Business Briefs: LGBT employee groups expand scope

Business Briefs: LGBT employee groups expand scope

  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Sep 11, 2019

LGBT employee resource groups have come a long way since their early days — it is believed that the first such ERG was formed in 1978 by workers at Hewlett Packard.

Business Briefs: Castro monthly art events hit 2-year mark

Business Briefs: Castro monthly art events hit 2-year mark

  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Aug 7, 2019

A bustling crowd showed up for the August 1 opening of local artist Ariel Gold's solo exhibition featuring her works inspired by the street life of San Francisco.

See's Candies to close SF Castro location Saturday

See's Candies to close SF Castro location Saturday

  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Jul 17, 2019

Five years after See's Candies moved into the Safeway shopping center in San Francisco's gay Castro neighborhood, the company is shuttering the location this weekend.

Business Briefs: Filmmakers turn lens on historic SF gay bar

Business Briefs: Filmmakers turn lens on historic SF gay bar

  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Jul 10, 2019

Living mere blocks from the Twin Peaks Tavern, Pond Street residents Bret Parker and Petey Barma consider the historic gay bar their neighborhood watering hole.