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Soirée 2021 Tickets Now on Sale!

May18th

Tickets are now on sale for Soirée 2021 – Heritage at 50! This year’s annual Soirée will be a very special and festive evening to celebrate Heritage’s 50th anniversary. The party happens in-person at a big-screen drive-in at Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture (FMCAC), with a simultaneous online livestream of the festivities.

Visit our Soirée page for more information on the event.

Date: Saturday, June 12, 2021
Time: 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM Wine Reception and Social Hour | 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM Main Program
Location: In-person at FORT MASON FLIX, Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture, San Francisco, or online via livestream

Update June 9, 2021: Only 10 tickets left for our in-person event at Fort Mason! In addition, ticket sales for the $250 livestream tier will also close on Thursday, June 10. $25 virtual livestream tickets will remain on sale until June 12/

#PrideMonth Legacy Business spotlight: Yankee Clipper Travel

Jun4th

Yankee Clipper Travel at 4115 19th St.

Are you looking to start making travel plans? Try visiting the Castro’s Yankee Clipper Travel (4115 19th St.), which joined the Legacy Business Registry in April 2021.

Named for the baseball great and “Yankee Clipper” Joe DiMaggio, the business opened in 1987 and is the only LGBTQ travel agency in the Castro District. After stints in Los Gatos and Noe Valley, current owner Kirk Dalrymple took over in 1999 and moved Yankee Clipper to its current location on 19th St.

“I’m really appreciative of the legacy business status because I’m starting to get a ton of referrals that didn’t even know that there were travel agents anymore in San Francisco,” Dalrymple told Hoodline. “I didn’t realize all the extra benefits that would come with it.”

Yankee Clipper Travel participates in the Castro Street Fair, is a member of the Castro Merchants Association and Eureka Valley Neighborhood Association and donates vacation packages every year to the AIDS Legal Referral Panel (ALRP) for their annual fundraising event. The business represents a number of LGBTQ cruise and tour providers and is also a proud member of the Signature Travel Network.

Yankee Clipper was heavily impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, with the travel industry being among the hardest hit of all sectors. Read Hoodline’s recent piece catching up with Dalymple here.

Kirk Dalrymple, owner of Yankee Clipper Travel. Photo by Steven Bracco.

Heritage 50: Legacy Bars & Restaurants

Jun2nd

San Francisco Heritage is celebrating its 50th anniversary all through 2021. Each week we will share a short chapter of our history.

Beep’s Burgers on Ocean Avenue. (David Gallagher photograph.)

by Woody LaBounty

In 2011, when the Gold Dust Lounge on Powell Street faced eviction from its long time home near Union Square, an effort to landmark the bar failed. Bars and dining establishments possessing distinctive architecture or interior design, or which simply held importance to specific communities or neighborhood history, were not easily protected by traditional preservation mechanisms such as landmark designation. Meanwhile, in a robust economy, a study found that more than 4,000 locally-based businesses were being lost each year in San Francisco. Alternative methods to protect the “intangible” heritage held in places like the Gold Dust Lounge needed to be found.

Cover of the SF Heritage Legacy Bars & Restaurants pocket guide.

At the end of 2012, Heritage launched Legacy Bars and Restaurants, an online guide to 25 special culinary institutions of forty years of age or older. The program arose from an idea by Anthony Veerkamp of the National Trust for Historic Preservation to create a unique preservation designation for commercial institutions. Places woven into San Francisco’s cultural identity—fine restaurants, elegant cocktail lounges, watering holes and dive bars—were added to the guide over the ensuing months, fueled by public nominations and enthusiastic support from the media and city officials. (Explore the original bars and restaurants map, with details and photos.) Heritage issued a printed pocket guide and map of its first 100, and partnered with Heyday Books on “High Spirits: The Legacy Bars of San Francisco,” written by J. K. Dineen and profiling 26 bars from the list.

Patrons at Wild Side West, beloved lesbian bar on Cortland Avenue since 1976. (Spencer Aldworth Brown photograph.)

Inspired by Heritage’s program, in 2015 the San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed legislation establishing the country’s first Legacy Business Registry. Financial incentives, promotional assistance, and long-term lease benefits were made available to specified businesses in continuous operation for at least 30 years with demonstrated importance to the surrounding community, neighborhood, or the city as a whole. The registry includes bars and restaurants, but also retail establishments, manufacturers, arts spaces, performance venues, and service-providers. Voters funded the program by passing Proposition J in November 2015.

Galería de la Raza, City Lights Booksellers, Beep’s Burgers, Britex Fabrics, Golden Gate Fortune Cookies, and more than 200 other legacy businesses, from auto shops to grocery stores to tattoo parlors, have been added to the registry in the first five years of its existence and cities across the United States have begun to replicate the Legacy Business program from Los Angeles to San Antonio.

Legacy businesses, like all small businesses in the city, have suffered greatly from the pandemic. While we continue to advocate and lobby for prioritization of aid and relief to these institutions holding the city’s intangible heritage, we encourage everyone to patronize them as the city recovers.

See the full list of businesses on the registry with their histories at legacybusiness.org

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Zam bar at 1633 Haight Street. (Spencer Aldworth Brown photograph.).

My #SFHeritage50 Photo Contest Starts June 1!

Jun1st

Show the world your favorite San Francisco landmark or legacy business (or place you think should be a landmark or legacy business) and win a chance for a gift certificate to The Buena Vista Cafe, Anchor Oyster Bar, Green Apple Books, Flowercraft or Soko Hardware.

What:

Post on social media to win prizes in three categories:

1. Best photo in front of an existing SF Landmark

Click the image to browse a recent map of existing SF landmarks and National Register listings.

2. Best photo in front of a legacy business (we will include a map of legacy businesses in our contest announcement)

Click the image to browse a map of existing businesses on the Legacy Business Registry.

3. Best photo at a site you think SHOULD be a landmark or legacy business. Help us elicit ideas for what the future of preservation should look like!

Sample entry:

Where:

Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

Include one or more of these hashtags in your post: #SFHeritage50, #KeepSFSpecial #MySanFranciscoHeritage

Key Dates:

The contest kicks-off  Tuesday, June 1.

Submissions will be accepted until Sunday, June 13 at 5:00 PM.

We will review and award prizes between Monday, June 14Friday, June 18.

Prizes:

Five certificates/gift cards for San Francisco legacy businesses, at $100 each. (These will be assigned at random)

  • Buena Vista Cafe
  • Anchor Oyster Bar
  • Green Apple Books
  • Flowercraft
  • Soko Hardware

*Winners will reflect each of our three aforementioned categories, with remaining two reflecting any category.

The Details:

  • We highly encourage those submitting their photos to include a person in the frame, or another interesting element of the place they are choosing. This can include taking a selfie in front of your chosen place, taking a photo of the owner of your favorite legacy business, sharing a photo of your dog in front of your chosen place, etc. The more creative the better!
  • Participants must use one or more of the campaign hashtags in their post: #SFHeritage50, #MySanFranciscoHeritage
  • Participants should write 1-2 sentences about the place chosen, and where it is located. Bonus points: Why is this place special to you?

*For Instagram, make sure your profile is public in order to be eligible for a prize.

We look forward to seeing your picks for the places that make San Francisco special!

AAPI Heritage Month Legacy Business Spotlight: VIP Grooming

May28th

VIP Grooming owner Lancy Woo.

As we close out #AAPIHeritageMonth and approach #PrideMonth2021, we wanted to highlight #SFLegacyBiz VIP Grooming and owner Lancy Woo. Woo the third owner of this beloved dog grooming business in Noe Valley (two locations), which has operated for 37 years. She is also a nationally significant person for her role in the historic Right to Marriage Supreme Court Case (Woo vs. Lockyer), where she spent years in and out of court rooms fighting for the right to marry her partner of 16 years and for the rights for all LGBTQ people.

Sitting in an an unassuming multi-paned storefront, VIP Grooming is one of the most beloved dog grooming salons in the city. In 1976, Coralee Crawford, a devoted animal lover, first rented the location at 4299 24th Street from Boultwood Properties and started caring for neighborhood pets. She sold the business 8 years later to Susan Stanich-Giaquinto who continued the legacy of providing top quality grooming services. In 1996, Susan’s top groomer, Woo, took over the business with fellow dog groomer and owner of Dunk’n Dogs, Jim Starkey. Today, Woo, an SF-native, is the sole owner.

Woo has spent the last 21 years serving the dogs of Noe Valley with excellent care and grew the business to include one full-time bather and four full-time groomers. In March 2016, Woo opened a second location with self-wash tubs, also in Noe Valley, called VIP Scrub Club. VIP GROOMING SF Inc. now employs 10 people between the two shops and provides services for some 2,000 dogs in the Bay Area. With a fun and loving environment, all dogs get the works at the grooming shop and receive lots of love and care.

Location: 4299 24th Street and 1734 Church Street in Noe Valley

Right now, all VIP’s services are by appointment only. Book here!