Cherish card store at 115 Clement closed recently, telling customers that they “lost their lease”. It’s unclear if building owners failed to renew their lease, or if the rent became too steep. Either way, it will be another empty storefront in the neighborhood.
The good news is that the shop found a new home just down the street at 6037 Geary. They’re located next to the Jiffy Lube on the corner of 25th Avenue and across from the House of Flowers. The space had been vacant for about a year.
Joe’s Ice Cream was forced to move for similar reasons after decades in their corner location on 18th Avenue and Geary. It worked out well for them – they moved just a half a block away into a new space, and business has been booming ever since.
Back in mid-April, we got an email from Purple Skunk Skate Shop owner Lizzie, telling us that they were in a bind. Their lease was up and after the building had been recently sold, the new landlord was imposing a 50% rent increase. Despite being at their 5820 Geary location for 20 years, Purple Skunk had no choice but to pack up.
Purple Skunk doesn’t have any signage up on the outside yet, and when I peeked in last night it looked like they were still unpacking a few things. But they are open for business – skateboards, longboards and snowboards are aplenty.
Lizzie says they’re not fully moved in, “but we have landed. We love our new location, our new neighbors and the energy it brings.”
But it didn’t work out well for the landlord of the old space. A cafe opened up in the old Joe’s but only lasted a few months. The space is still standing empty.
Given all the commercial vacancies in the Richmond District, you have to wonder what goes through a landlord’s mind when they don’t renew a business’ lease, or jack up rents that end up forcing tenants to move.
Let’s hope Purple Skunk’s next chapter is similar to Joe’s, and that they thrive in their new location. CBS News recently named them one of the best skate shops in San Francisco, and after 20 years in business, I’m sure their customers won’t mind going a couple of extra blocks down Geary to find them.
Purple Skunk Skate Shop loses lease; move two blocks down Geary Back in mid-April, we got an email from Purple Skunk Skate Shop owner Lizzie, telling us that they were in a bind. Their lease was