Posts tagged ‘The Castro San Francisco’

August 9, 2011

SHAME: Sister of Perpetual Indulgence Attacked in the Castro SF CA

by Accidental Bear
Sister Rome (There's No Place Like Rome), one ...

Not Sister in the attack

Does it get any lower? Attacking a female nun. I suspect this was a lethal dose us alcohol and stupidity. None the less, worrisome that this happens in the ‘gay village.’ AB

On Sunday, July 31, a member of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence was assaulted and called a “faggot” during an early morning attack in the Castro district. The incident happened at around 2 a.m. According to the Bay Area Reporter, this is how the alleged hate crime went down.

stoptheviolence.jpgThe Sister told police he was walking past The Crystal Way, 2335 Market Street, when he saw a woman and said, “Hello, my darling. How are you this evening?”The report says the woman responded by grabbing the Sister’s waist, pushing him, and yelling at him. The Sister was unsure what the woman said, but “does distinctly remember that the suspect called him a ‘faggot,’” the report says.

The suspect then shoved the Sister again, knocking him into the window of 2337 Market Street (the address of the restaurant Blue) and causing him to fall, according to police. The woman then either punched or used an object to break The Crystal Way’s window before fleeing.


The unidentified Sister went on to tell police he believed he was attacked “because of his sexual orientation and that he was dressed as a female nun.”

No arrests have been made.

In related news, the Sisters Of Perpetual Indulgence, along with the Castro Community On Patrol (CCOP), and Triangle Martial Arts Association (TMAA), have helped form Stop The Violence, a campaign aimed at ending increasing violence in the Castro. The project helps distribute safety whistles, conducts personal safety seminars, and “take[s] any step necessary to make our communities safer.” Go here for more details.


March 9, 2011

Accidental Bear Welcomes Mollie Stone’s to Castro

by Accidental Bear

There was buzz around town for the faster than expected opening of Mollie Stone’s in the Castro, SF CA.  I wanted to stop in opening day to see everything fresh and new ( so did everyone else in town). The store was crowded and a bustle in the air. I saw familiar faces from  the neighborhood with excitment in their faces or maybe it as hunger. The staff was busy stocking shelves and answering questions from eager customers. I know the satff had to fight for these jobs because I saw the long lines that snaked from the store the day they had “open call”

San Francisco – Castro

4201 18th Street
San Francisco, CA 94114
T: 415.255.8959
Open Daily: 7am-11pm

Opening March 9th

Weekly Specials

March 3, 2011


by Accidental Bear

After viewing the film We Were Here at the Castro Theater in the San Francisco last evening I have more love for my queer community than ever. It made me want to march out the theater, protest down market street, volunteer every spare minute I have and give long heart felt hugs to everyone in arms length. There is amazing heaps of history on the sidewalks that I walk everyday. Take a moment and smell the pavement ( ok, not literally).

Here is another way for you to taste SF’s diverse, ground breaking and LOVELY gay communities evolution, on the dance floor no less.



SPKR: An Amplified History of San Francisco’s Queer Dance Floors
Saturday March 12th, 2011 at Public Works 161 Erie St. San Francsico, CA
Music by Bobby Viteritti (Trocadero Transfer) & Steve Fabus (I-Beam)
8pm – 10pm VIP Catered Reception | 10pm – 3am Public Dance Event & Gallery Show

San Francisco, CA – the world’s gay Mecca where many counter cultures are born – has a rich history for creating legends. The city is known for late night dancing, where disc jockeys are regularly canonized into saints, and any ordinary queen can transform into drag royalty overnight. Like most social movements, it takes generations before their oral traditions and memories are committed to stone. San Francisco’s underground dance clubs of the 70s ,80s , and 90s is no exception.

SPKR will be structured to engage the community with a VIP donor’s reception, and then followed by a lavish all night dance party to benefit the GLBT Historical Society. Music will be provided by Bobby Viteritti and Steve Fabus. Guests will also be able to seamlessly travel from club to gallery space in the Public Works in-house gallery to view the never before seen artifacts and interviews curated just for the event.


SPEAKER will feature five significant venues from San Francisco’s timeline: I Beam, End Up, Trocadero Transfer, Townsend, and The Box. These parties and the personalities gravitating around them will be portrayed as a multimedia family tree – telling the tales of notorious Sunday Tea Dances, a sexually charged and libertine rave culture, and the emergence of a global authority on dance music for the present generation.

The GLBT Historical Society Archives, private donors, and newly commissioned photography will be used to weave together a concise narrative for SPEAKER. A poster and audio documentary will be produced to showcase select media from the show. After the event the show will be open for a public viewing of all media and collateral on March 12th, 13th, and 14th.

Michael Garret at the I-Beam

100% of the proceeds of this event will go directly to the Historical Society and its causes.

Bobby Viteritti at the Trocadero Transfer


For full list and 411 of event checkout Facebook page:


Lights and Sound | Randall Schiller Productions

Media | Bar Tab SF

Wine | Swirl in Castro

Catering | SF Delicious

February 23, 2011

Personally Divided by Traders Joe’s SF Castro

by Accidental Bear

Personally I LOVE Trader Joe’s. Pretzels wrapped in seaweed, dipped in chocolate, rolled in dirt and prayed on by shaman monks ( Ok, I made that product up, but they do have some ridiculously healthy ODD yum-yums). Having no car, I was secretly rooting for TJ’s on Market Street in the Castro district of San Francisco. But I may have now changed my mind and here are 2 reasons why. Molie Stones opening on 18th Street and Whole Foods near Church/ Market. While you all were fighting  over the prized spot in Castro ( thats been emoty for how many years now??) these two other high end markets beat you to it so now we have NO NEED FOR TRADER JOE”S  in Castro.


via Bay Area Reporter

Tensions flare over Trader Joe’s parking

by Matt Baume

A packed meeting of the Duboce Triangle Neighborhood Association Monday, February 14 addressed a proposed Trader Joe’s in the former Tower Records building in the Castro, leaving many neighbors divided over the project.

“It’s a market we’ve been trying to get into for many years, probably since the late 1990s,” Doug Yokomizo, Trader Joe’s general counsel and vice president of real estate, told the Bay Area Reporter . He anticipates a Planning Commission meeting by April.

But neighbors expressed concern over parking and transit, particularly in light of a draft traffic study that found that the store would draw 2,100 to 2,500 cars per day, or 160 to 190 per hour.

Those cars would require 1,050 to 1,250 parking spaces per day, but the building’s garage can only accommodate 209 per day, the study says. On-street parking in the area is limited. The building is at Market and Noe streets.

Several nearby intersections are already rated “Level F” by the city, the poorest possible rating for congestion and delays.

Among other modifications, the project would convert the sidewalk into a loading area for tractor-trailers parked on the street, potentially blocking the bike lane.


February 17, 2011


by Accidental Bear

The Historic Raising of the Bear Flag


What the organizers say:
“Come join Bears of San Francisco Friday morning for the historic raising of the Bear Flag We will meet at Harvey Milk Plaza above the Castro Muni Station What makes it historic? Until now only the Gay Pride and the Leather Pride flags have been allow to fly…”

“Come join Bears of San Francisco Friday morning for the historic raising of the Bear Flag

We will meet at Harvey Milk Plaza above the Castro Muni Station

What makes it historic? Until now only the Gay Pride and the Leather Pride flags have been allow to fly over the Castro, Today we will make history and raise the Bear Flag starting at 9 a.m. followed by a Champagne Toast at Under One Roof at 10 a.m. All part of the Bears Invade the Castro. If champagne is to strong for you at 10 a.m. All weekend long for IBR Tag Holder Starbucks aka Bear-bucks or Star-bears will have specials for you.

Yes the image is of BOSF marching the flag in the Gay Pride Parade the same flag that will fly above Castro.”

February 1, 2011

Mollie Stone’s Coming to the Castro in March

by Accidental Bear

Something new, something old, something blue, something… blah blah Fuck it, we still cant get married ( for real , for real), but god dammit we’re getting Mollie Stones. To me it balances out the universe somewhat (somewhat). My only experience with M.S.s was when i was living in Sausalito, CA for a hot minute and Mollies Stones was my treat to myself after a long day.. I actually like it over Whole Foods and thier prepared yummies are to die for. Stoners will have a new destination for their munchies now in the Castro. I can already hear the first complaint though,

” Sooooooooooooooooooooooo expensive”, random costumer who likes to yap!

“Shush, 7-11 is just down the street 2 blocks”, Accidental Bear


Mollie Stone’s Markets Expands to Ninth Location in San Francisco Bay Area

(you can count them on 2 hands)

Locally-Owned Chain Moves Into Delano’s Market in the Castro, With Early March Launch!

January, 27, 2011 – San Francisco, California – Mollie Stone’s Markets, the Bay Area’s trusted provider of Necessity, Natural and Specialty Foods, is thrilled to announce the March, 2011 opening of its ninth San Francisco Bay Area store at the site of the former Delano’s Market, at 4201 18th St., San Francisco. Labeled the “Best of Both Worlds,” Mollie Stone’s provides essential grocery items along with a wide array of specialty and natural foods.

“Our Castro market will be our third store in San Francisco, and we are positively delighted to expand in our “City by the Bay,” said David Bennett, Co-Owner. “The Castro Market is in one of the finest and most vibrant neighborhoods in California; we believe it will beautifully blend with our Mollie Stone’s culture. We understand the passion and expectations in the neighborhood, and we will stop at nothing to provide an outstanding shopping experience. We look forward to developing strong, rewarding relationships with each and every customer!”


January 10, 2011

Gay Healers Guide: Castro SF CA

by Accidental Bear

Get A Tune up!

Chiropratic Care:

Dr. Gorman strives to make his office an open relaxed, casual and soothing space where patients can feel safe and relaxed. He firmly believes that you are an equal participant in the process and prefers that you call him by his first name, Greg.

Gregory J. Gorman, D.C.
540 Castro Street
San Francisco, CA 94114

Brian Rizzo

Dr. Rizzo believes that by building a relationship with you and your body, both the doctor and patient are invested in creating a system that can support a healthy and balanced life. This system is the cornerstone for health maintenance and preventive care. Dr. Rizzo will spend the time to develop a plan that works in concert with your goals. He will customize treatment options in a comfortable and professional healing environment while setting achievable milestones for recovery. His chiropractic office is located conveniently in the Castro district of San Francisco.

Rizzo Chiropractic Corp
Brian Rizzo, D.C.
540 Castro Street
San Francisco, CA 94114

voice: 415.621.5772

Therapeutic Massage:

Carlo Coletti:

Massage Therapist/Rosen Method Practitioner · Mar 2010 to present

Monday and Tuesday 2509 Milvia Street, Berkeley, CA 94704 Thursday thru Saturday 540 Castro Street, San Francisco, CA 94114 510-910-4055

Matt Reynolds Massage & Bodywork

Providing a dynamic blend of deep tissue & Swedish techniques, trigger point work, gentle stretches, and subtle energetic holds.

Where to Find Matt:

Prana Urban Healing Lounge
Located in the Castro
4200 18th Street, Suite 204
San Francisco, CA 94114

Mike Enders/ LMT

I Rejuvenate your body, mind, and spirit with a relaxing and healing massage. My special massage techniques reverse the negative effects of stress, repair damaged muscle tissue, and remove pain throughout your body. I use a range of massage techniques that improve circulation, detoxify your body, relieve tension, improve digestion, enhance muscle tone, and increase mental alertness. My massages not only benefit the body, they benefit the mind as well. Experience mental and spiritual healing as your mind releases stress and worry, and allows a renewed sense to energy and emotional well-being to enter your spirit.

Call for an appointment:
Mike Enders / LMT
Diamondwood Medical Arts
4255 18th Street @ Diamond
SF CA 94110


December 17, 2010

Getting Our History Out of the Closet and Putting on Display

by Accidental Bear


I’m the first to judge and ridicule our gay brothers and sisters ( let that be NYE resolution #1 : Be nicer to my gays). I applaud loudly, to those who put in the effort to get “our” history out, and to take it to gigantic proportions. The GLBT Historical Society has opened its new museum in the Castro with generous help from numerous business sponsors, individual donors and volunteers.

The GLBT Historical Society is marking its 25th anniversary by bringing a new cultural destination to San Francisco’s Castro District. Set to open in November 2010, the society’s GLBT History Museum will showcase the stories of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people and their communities through dynamic exhibitions and public programs.

Stop in , take a gander. Have one less latte  and donate the money that day. Make a difference, BE PROACTIVE.  I won’t tell anyone, that you actually care. It will be our little secret.

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