This summer the nonprofit Under One Roof, which raises money for AIDS agencies through merchandise sales, is returning to the Castro with a pop-up store.
In January Under One Roof closed 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.
It had always planned to return to the city’s gayborhood for limited amounts of time, such as during the Christmas season. Its summer pop-up store will be located at 541 Castro Street and be open from June through Labor Day weekend.
Les Natali, who owns several gay bars and the long-shuttered Patio restaurant, owns the long vacant storefront adjacent to the eatery. As the Bay Area Reporter disclosed in March, Natali filed paperwork with the city’s Planning Department in order to seek the permits he needs to reopen the eatery at 531 Castro Street. That hearing is expected in July.
In an email to supporters Tuesday, May 28, Under One Roof announced the pop-up store and said that Natali had offered the storefront rent-free. Called UOR Bizarre Bazaar, the shop is expected to open June 7.
It will feature recently donated merchandise, new Pride and Castro-themed items from SF Mercantile, and queer artwork from Katie Gilmartin. New Under One Roof board member Allen Horner of the Gap is working on the pop-up store’s merchandising plan, and Brian Ahern will serve as the retail pop-up team leader.
The agency’s email stated, “This pop-up store is being opened to generate maximum profits for our agency partners through help from the community in the form of donated goods.”
Mondays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. the store will accept donated goods of “good-quality” and “good-condition merchandise” people can re-gift, as the sale proceeds will benefit local nonprofits. Items that will be accepted include home décor, complete tableware sets, decorative glassware and crystal, framed art, and fine linens.
For more information, visit http://www.underoneroof.org/home.shtml.