For the third year, the San Francisco Travel Association (SF Travel) will award up to ten Neighborhood Partnership Grants to unique “Only in San Francisco” businesses located throughout the city, with an emphasis on those operating outside the traditional visitor areas. The program is open to businesses that are of interest to visitors and not currently San Francisco Travel partners
Grant recipients will receive a complimentary one-year San Francisco Travel partnership (a $50 setup fee is required), including admission to events such as the San Francisco Travel Annual Luncheon, Market Briefings, Outlook Forums and Partner Business Exchanges. They will receive all of the benefits of San Francisco Travel partnership such as listings online and in publications, and access to the Convention Calendar.
The Neighborhood Partnership Grants also include mentoring by San Francisco Travel professional staff and partners experienced in working with the association.
The deadline for applications is May 1, 2012. The application is available online under “Forms” athttp://www.sanfrancisco.travel/partners/resources.html.
“Over the past two years, we have discovered some wonderful businesses in our city’s diverse neighborhoods. The Grants program helps us to include more of these lesser-known gems in our marketing programs,” said San Francisco Travel President and CEO Joe D’Alessandro. “Our overall goal with the program is to draw more visitors into the city’s unique and fascinating neighborhoods, while helping small businesses grow and succeed.”
Grant recipients will be selected based on several criteria, including the unique-to-San Francisco nature of the business, the potential to attract visitors to their neighborhood and their commitment to participate fully in the program.
A panel including representatives of the Mayor’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development, the San Francisco Office of Small Business and San Francisco Travel staff will interview finalists.
The businesses selected for the 2011/2012 class of Neighborhood Partnership Grants will be honored at SF Travel’s Annual Luncheon on June 21. Businesses selected in this year’s class are:
Bayview Opera House – 4705 Third St. (Bayview District), 415-824-0386, www.bvoh.org The only theater in San Francisco to survive the 1906 earthquake, the Bayview Opera House was inducted to the National Register of Historic Places on March 23, 2011. Today, it is home to multi-cultural artistic events, celebrating the diversity of Bayview Hunters Point.
Favor, featuring Hotcakes Design – 2420 Polk St. (Russian Hill), 415-563-2741, www.shopatfavor.com Upstairs, original jewelry is designed, carved and assembled in cast resin, silver and acrylic. Downstairs, shoppers delight to colorful and unique vintage-inspired and modern accessories.
Grub Crawl – Citywide, 415-515-6256, www.grubcrawl.com Perfect for San Francisco, Grub Crawl combines a walking tour with a progressive dinner among three restaurants per evening. The three-hour tour appeals to everyone from single visitors to groups.
Real Food Company – 2140 Polk St. (Russian Hill), 415-292-3345, www.realfoodco.com Since 1969, Real Food Company has been a natural grocery store that is ahead of the curve in providing healthy, organic, seasonal, sustainable, locally grown food. This may be the only grocery store in the world that offers guided tours by a certified nutritionist.
STUDIO Gallery – 1815 Polk St. (Russian Hill), 415-931-3130, www.STUDIOGallerySF.com For eight years, this gallery has featured local artists and accessible, representational works, often of local scenes. Special shows are inspired by topics such as food and drink, California landscapes and urban scenes.
Swankety Swank – 289 Divisidero St. (Lower Haight/NOPA), 415-932-6615, www.swanketyswank.com “Honoring Beauty, Earth & Age,” the boutique offers art furniture, green home décor and upcycled fashion for women, men and children – all locally produced.
Tacolicious – Recently opened at 741 Valencia St. (Mission District), www.tacolicioussf.com Conceived at the Ferry Building Farmers Market and born in the Marina district, Tacolicious brings the Mission an irreverent menu, authentic Mexican cuisine and robust cocktails like “Tickle Me Telmo.”
Under One Roof – 518A Castro (Castro District), 415-503-2300, www.underoneroof.org Volunteer-staffed, the store raises funds for 23 different AIDS service organizations in the Bay Area through sales of its unique gift merchandise. The store features cards, San Francisco and Pride items, humorous gifts and holiday merchandise, much of it from local artisans or donated by generous manufacturers.
Urban Bazaar – 1371 Ninth Ave. (Inner Sunset), 415-664-4422, www.UrbanBazaarSF.com Each of the items at the boutique has a story, told on tags attached. Locally handmade and Fair Trade items change by the season and include jewelry, baby goods and San Francisco-themed gifts.
The San Francisco Travel Association is a private, not-for-profit organization that markets the city as a leisure, convention and business travel destination. With more than 1,500 partners, San Francisco Travel is one of the largest partnership-based tourism promotion agencies in the country. Tourism, San Francisco’s largest industry, generates in excess of $7.8 billion annually for the local economy. San Francisco Travel’s business offices are located at 201 Third St., Suite 900, San Francisco, CA 94103. San Francisco Travel also operates the Visitor Information Center at Hallidie Plaza, 900 Market Street at the corner of Powell and Market streets. For more information, call 415-974-6900 or visitwww.sanfrancisco.travel.