Issue:  Vol. 44 / No. 34 / 21 August 2014
 

Under One Roof Castro pop-up store to remain

1004405_10151431478231050_1283183623_nIt was meant to be a temporary summer retail location, but Under One Roof‘s Castro pop-up store will be staying open for business.

The nonprofit that funnels proceeds from merchandise sales to local AIDS agencies announced today (Wednesday, August 28) that its Bizarre Bazaar Pop Up will remain in place at 541 Castro Street.

“As August comes to a close, we are happy to announce that our Castro Pop-Up store will be open on a month-to-month basis. So stop on in and check out the sales going on there,” the volunteer-run agency announced in an email to supporters.

In January Under One Roof decided to shutter its Castro store due to declining sales and an onerous lease agreement. Then in April it opened a store in the Crocker Galleria in downtown San Francisco after the shopping center gave it a generous deal on a month-to-month lease.

Earlier this summer Les Natali, who owns several gay bars and the long-shuttered Patio restaurant, decided to offer the vacant storefront adjacent to the eatery rent-free to Under One Roof. Natali recently won approval for the permits he needs to reopen the Patio, which could occur in late September.

According to Under One Roof’s 2012 990 filing with the IRS, the nonprofit had revenues totaling $492,329 last year. That was a decrease from 2011, when it reported $553,576 in revenues.

It reported being short $25,210 in expenses versus revenues, though Under One Roof ended 2012 with $136,295 in net assets, according to the tax document.

It listed giving out two grants last year: $6,600 to Pets are Wonderful Support, or PAWS, and $6,850 the AIDS Legal Referral Panel.

— Matthew S. Bajko, August 28, 2013 @ 2:34 pm PST
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