Legendary (at least, in San Francisco) newspaper columnist Herb Caen liked to lament about the constant changes in his adopted city and how much he missed the good old days. One valid point that he sometimes made (don’t know if he originated this or if he quoted someone else): you can’t have a real neighborhood if you don’t have a place to repair your shoes. He wrote metaphorically here; he actually meant that true neighborhoods needed small locally owned shops that tended to the mundane needs of life–the shoemaker, the hardware store, electronics repair, and the like.
Photographed this yesterday:
Another San Francisco institution tending to the mundane needs of life closing down, this one after 95 years of business. Carlos posed for locals taking pictures of his shop with him standing in front (none of mine turned out well), then went back inside to return to work. He has earned a long and enjoyable retirement and I wish him well.
Down the street, a new business prepares for opening:
VeganBurg replaces All You Knead, a locally-owned bakery/restaurant that existed for at least 30 years near the Ben & Jerry’s. You can tell from the logo this is a chain, and a quick search of Google confirms yes–it’s based in Singapore.
I’ve written it before: if San Francisco is not change, then San Francisco is not. Still…
You know you’ve gotten old when you start to feel like Herb Caen.
Vonn Scott Bair