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The Lower Haight is still a little gritty, it’s never dull, and still one of the best neighborhoods in San Francisco. It gets less attention than nearby Upper Haight and Alamo Square which attract tourists that come to visit San Francisco’s better known highlights.

Business Focus: 399 Haight – 800 Haight Street
For now, the business history offered here is from 399 Haight to 800 Haight Street going back to the 1950s. The Lower Haight starts once you cross east over Divisadero Street. Alamo Square is north of Haight Street and Duboce Square is south of Haight Street. Per Wikipedia, “The eastern boundary is variously placed at Webster Street, Laguna Street, or even Market Street.”

Image source: Google Maps

Browse below, click a map pin and discover some of the Lower Haight’s business history. Right now, most of the history presented goes back to the 1950s. Have information to share about Lower Haight’s business history? Drop us a line.

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Did You Know? 543-545-547 Haight, home to The Toronado, it’s special events space, and Berliner Berliner, is the only one story building on Haight Street. It includes a space used for special events. Did you know that space was home to a dance school and performance theater back in the 1980s? In the 1920s the Toronado used to be a barber shop, and in 1917 Frank Campbell resident of 547 Haight was victim of a theft.

Source: News clip from the San Francisco Chronicle, Nov 17, 1917.

498, 501 and 508 Haight Street
Between the early 1950s for almost decade, the space now occupied by Cafe International at 508 Haight Street was home to Geiger’s Department Store. Haight Fillmore Whole Foods at 501 Haight Street used to be Lenehan’s Pharmacy between the early 1950s and the late 1970s. 498 Haight Street is now home to an architecture firm, Armour Architecture. The location was empty for several years after Lo Cost Meat Market closed. It turns out that a bank operated at this location: back in 1924, it was home to the Mercantile Trust Company, and in 1938, it became a branch of Bank of America.”


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