Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 7 / 15 February 2018

Businesses prepare to open in small Castro retail spaces

A real estate firm is set to move into the storefront at 2324 Market Street.

A real estate firm is set to move into the storefront at 2324 Market Street.

Two businesses are preparing to open their doors in a pair of small retail spaces in the Castro that have sat vacant for years.

Two years ago Drysdale Properties, a local affiliate of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, first announced it planned to move into the roughly 280 square foot space at 2324 Market Street. The company hopes to begin using the storefront in May.

By next week it will begin posting fliers about homes for sale in the windows, said real estate agent John Oldfield.

The city’s planning commission approved the company’s conditional use permit for the space at its April 21 meeting. Drysdale is now just waiting for city officials to complete the paperwork it needs to seek a business license for that address, as well as for Comcast to wire the space for Internet access.

“The place is usable as is,” said Oldfield, and just requires furniture and other office equipment to be moved in before agents can start using the satellite office. “Otherwise there is no construction work aside from cleanup that needs to be done for us to open. We’ll probably start putting up posters and flyers in the windows in the next few days.”

Drysdale, which is owned by Gretchen Pearson, plans to have people working out of the upper Market Street location weekdays and on weekends as needed.

Summer opening for skin care salon

A medical spa company plans to open this summer at 410 Castro Street.

A medical spa company plans to open this summer at 410 Castro Street.

LaserAway Skin Care Spa, which was founded in West Hollywood, is looking to open later this summer at 410 Castro Street, a small storefront in an old bank building that now houses a SoulCycle location. The building at the corner of Castro and Market fronts Harvey Milk Plaza above the Castro Muni Station and had been the site of a Diesel jeans store.

The smaller space, which totals 1,302 gross square feet, once was leased to cellelular phone company US Sprint, which officially vacated it in 2013 though it had closed its store there years prior. The planning commission approved LaserAway’s permit request to move in at its April 14 meeting.

Unlike with Drysdale’s storefront, the site of LaserAway’s second location in San Francisco will require more extensive work before the company can open. Lucian R. Blazej, who owns local architecture and planning firm Strategic Solutions and helped the spa company secure the necessary city approvals, said it will be several months before it welcomes its first customers to the Castro location.

“Hopefully LaserAway will open by August 15th, maybe sooner,” he told the Bay Area Reporter this week.

LaserAway plans to be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week and expects to see upwards of 300 clients per week. Its services include hair removal, tattoo removal, and other skin and body care spa treatments, including the sale of skin care related lotions and cosmetics.

— Matthew S. Bajko, April 28, 2016 @ 12:37 pm PST
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