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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.

Business Briefs: Clothing brands transform gender-based designs

Business Briefs: Clothing brands transform gender-based designs

  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Nov 11, 2020

Seven years ago lesbian married couple Naomi Gonzalez and Fran Dunaway launched their Seattle-based TomboyX clothing line to market underwear and shirts specifically tailored to fit female bodies.

Business Briefs: Accounting field launches first LGBTQ survey

Business Briefs: Accounting field launches first LGBTQ survey

  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Oct 7, 2020

As it works to increase interest among high school and college students in its field, the accounting profession is also striving to better understand the issues that LGBTQ accountants encounter in their workplaces.

B.A.R. launches memberships

B.A.R. launches memberships

  • by Cynthia Laird
  • Sep 18, 2020

In a continuing effort to receive support from readers, the Bay Area Reporter has launched its membership program.

SF allows gyms, barbershops to open for indoor service

SF allows gyms, barbershops to open for indoor service

  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Sep 11, 2020

Six months after being ordered to close their doors due to the novel coronavirus outbreak, gyms, barbershops, nail salons, and other personal service businesses in San Francisco will be able to open for indoor service Monday.

Business Briefs: With public's help, San Luis Obispo cidery expands

Business Briefs: With public's help, San Luis Obispo cidery expands

  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Sep 9, 2020

Three years ago this October Bay Area native Maggie Przybylski and her wife, Morgan Murphy, debuted their Two Broads Cider brand at the Hardcore Cider Tour in their hometown of San Luis Obispo.

Business Briefs: SF pet care provider pivots focus

Business Briefs: SF pet care provider pivots focus

  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Aug 12, 2020

San Francisco native Eric Curry always had a fondness for animals. At age 9 Curry found a cat lying in the middle of the road not far from his parents home and asked his father if he could keep it.

Business Briefs: Queer-owned law firm adjusts during health crisis

Business Briefs: Queer-owned law firm adjusts during health crisis

  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Jul 8, 2020

Since they closed their law firm's Oakland office in March due to the novel coronavirus outbreak, co-founders Felicia Medina and Jen Orthwein have been working from home, as has Kevin Love Hubbard, a lawyer recently made a partner in the firm.

Local gym owners adjust business plans

Local gym owners adjust business plans

  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Jul 1, 2020

Since shelter-in-place orders imposed in mid-March caused her to close her gym location in Oakland, The Queer Gym owner Nathalie Huerta and her employees have continued to offer their training programs virtually.