The nonprofit store known as Under One Roof has again had its lease on a pop-up space in the Castro extended and is now seeking help to cover the added rent expense.
The volunteer-run retailer funnels proceeds from merchandise sales to local AIDS agencies. It has a generous month-to-month lease for a store in the Crocker Galleria in downtown San Francisco that it opened in April after shutting down its Castro store in January.
Then Castro landowner and gay bar operator Les Natali, who owns the Badlands and Toad Hall, offered Under One Roof the vacant storefront adjacent to his long closed Patio Cafe restaurant on Market Street on a temporary basis this summer rent free.
Its Bizarre Bazaar Pop Up at 541 Castro Street was set to close around Labor Day weekend, but Natali extended the lease on a month-to-month basis allowing Under One Roof to maintain a holiday gift store in the city’s gayborhood.
Now Natali is allowing the store to remain in the Castro location through March of 2014. But this time Under One Roof needs to raise $7,000 to help it cover the cost of operating a second store.
“The Community has been so happy that we have been able to return to the Castro this Holiday Season, and we have just learned that our landlord will allow us to stay for a couple months more,” stated an email, signed by Under One Roof Board Chairman Tim Smith, sent out this morning (Thursday, December 19). “However, we did not budget for rental expense to maintain a store in the Castro during the first part of 2014, so we need your support to raise $7,000 by January 15th so that we can stay at the 541 Castro location until March.”
Smith noted that tax-deductible donations toward the rent expenses can be made online or by dropping off a contribution at either of Under One Roof’s stores.